One of the plaintiffs is Cynthia G., a woman from New York who was implanted with the OptEase® Vena Cava Filter (“IVC Filter”). The filter was implanted on July 26, 2011. She suffered one life-threatening episode of vein and filter thrombosis (blood clots). Furthermore, there is evidence that the filter is embedded and her doctors have recommended against attempting to retrieve the filter from her body.
Another plaintiff is Colleen R., a woman who was living in Massachusetts when she was implanted with an OptEase® IVC Filter on January 28, 2003. There is specific evidence that the filter is embedded and her doctors have recommended against attempting to retrieve the filter. Furthermore, a CT scan of her abdomen revealed that the filter has fractured and perforated the vena cava wall. Two of the fractured struts are also embedded in the vena cava wall.
As a result of these malfunctions, the plaintiffs suffered life-threatening injuries and damages, and required extensive medical care and treatment. The plaintiffs have also suffered and will continue to suffer significant medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Cordis Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, and Confluent Medical Technologies are accused of negligence for selling defective medical devices and failing to warn about life-threatening safety risks.
The lawsuit was filed on November 30, 2018 in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Alameda — Case No. RG18928018.
There are now over 8,000 other IVC filter lawsuits against B. Braun, Rex Medical, Cook Medical, C.R. Bard, and other manufacturers.
The plaintiff is represented by attorney Ben C. Martin of The Law Offices of Ben C. Martin in Dallas, Texas.