The lawsuit was filed by Lance W., a man from Fort Wayne, Indiana who was implanted with the Option™ ELITE Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava (“IVC Filter”) manufactured by Argon Medical Devices Inc. and Rex Medical, L.P.
The IVC Filter was implanted in his inferior vena cava, which is the largest vein in the human body. The vein carries used blood to the lungs to receive new oxygen before it is pumped back to the body.
IVC Filters are designed to catch blood clots traveling through the inferior vena cava before they enter the lungs and get stuck in smaller blood vessels, causing a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
The IVC Filter was surgically implanted on May 2, 2015 by Dr. Michael E. Parker at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne.
On October 16, 2015, the plaintiff underwent a complex retrieval process to remove his embedded IVC Filter. According to the lawsuit:
Several attempts were made with a snare and sheath to retrieve the IVC filter. It was then determined after many attempts that the filter could not be captured.”
As a result of the tilted and embedded IVC Filter, the plaintiff suffered significant injuries. Rex Medical and Argon Medical Devices are accused of concealing the known risks and failing to warn patients about the dangers of IVC Filters, including the Option ELITE.
The lawsuit was filed on October 2, 2017 in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas — Case ID: 171000186.
There are now over 4,000 other IVC filter lawsuits currently pending against Rex Medical, Argon Medical, B. Braun, Cook Medical, C.R. Bard and other manufacturers in state and federal courts nationwide.
The plaintiff is represented by attorney Ben C. Martin of The Law Offices of Ben C. Martin in Dallas, Texas; and attorney Stephen A. Sheller of Sheller, P.C., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.