The lawsuit was filed by Leah C., a woman from Michigan who was implanted with the Option™ ELITE Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava (“IVC Filter”) made by Rex Medical and Argon Medical Devices.
The IVC Filter was surgically implanted in her inferior vena cava for the purpose of preventing a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs) on October 13, 2012 in Johnson City, New York by Dr. Francis Mangiacapra at United Health Services Medical Center.
On October 1, 2014, the plaintiff underwent a complex retrieval process to remove her embedded IVC Filter. According to the lawsuit:
The hook of the IVC Filter had become embedded in the left anterior caval wall. The procedure required forceps to dissect the caval wall tissue from the filter hook.”
Her doctors discovered that the legs of the IVC Filter were also embedded in the caval tissue. A laser had to be employed to ablate that tissue in order to remove the filter, according to the lawsuit.
Lawyers accuse Rex Medical and Argon Medical Devices of selling a defective IVC Filter that was “prone to an unreasonably high rate of failure including fracture, migration, excessive tilting, embedment, perforation of the vena cava wall and bodily organs, causing thrombosis (blood clots) and failing to prevent pulmonary emboli.”
The lawsuit was filed on August 31, 2017 in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas — Case ID: 170803376.
There are now over 4,500 other IVC filter lawsuits now 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.