The lawsuit was filed by Mary K., a woman from Tennessee who was injured by the Option™ ELITE Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filter (“IVC Filter”) manufactured by Argon Medical Devices Inc. and Rex Medical, L.P.
The IVC Filter was implanted in her vein to catch blood clots and prevent a pulmonary embolism on September 6, 2016 at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee by Dr. Richard M. Lynn.
On December 23, 2016, the plaintiff underwent an attempted retrieval procedure at the same hospital by Dr. Richard M. Lynn. Unfortunately, the IVC Filter could not be removed because of embedment, a complication in which the IVC Filter erodes into the wall of the vein.
The plaintiff also suffered from IVC Filter thrombosis after it was implanted. This complication involves blood clots in the IVC Filter.
The defendants are charged with negligence for failure to warn about potentially life-threatening side effects, selling a defective medical device, manufacturing a defective medical device, breach of implied and express warranty, and negligent misrepresentation.
The lawsuit was filed on December 6, 2017 in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania — Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Trial Division (Civil Section) — Case ID: 171200569.
There are now approximately 5,000 other IVC filter lawsuits currently pending against Rex Medical, Cook Medical, and C.R. Bard. The majority of the lawsuits are centralized in Arizona and Illinois.
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.