The lawsuit was filed by Robert J. L., a man from Connecticut who was implanted with the Option™ ELITE Vena Cava Filter (“IVC Filter”) manufactured by Argon Medical Devices Inc. and Rex Medical, L.P.
The IVC Filter was implanted in his vein to catch blood clots and prevent a pulmonary embolism on September 29, 2014 at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut by Dr. Jeffrey S. Pollak.
He underwent an attempted retrieval procedure on October 17, 2017. The IVC Filter could not be successfully removed, despite a complex attempt involving a dual approach through the jugular and femoral veins.
The IVC Filter was also tilted, embedded in his vein, and had developed filter thrombosis (blood clots) after it was implanted.
Rex Medical and Argon Medical Devices are accused of negligence for selling a defective medical device and failing to warn about risks.
The lawsuit was filed on August 9, 2018 in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania — Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (Trial Division / Civil Section) — Case ID: 180800548.
There are now over 8,000 other IVC filter lawsuits pending against Cordis Corporation, Rex Medical, Cook Medical, B. Braun, C.R. Bard, and other manufacturers in state and federal courtrooms nationwide.
The plaintiff is represented by attorney Ben C. Martin of The Law Offices of Ben C. Martin in Dallas, Texas.