The first plaintiff, Eleanor C., is a woman from Georgia who was implanted with the Cordis OptEase IVC Filter on August 13, 2009. She suffered two life-threatening episodes of IVC Filter thrombosis (blood clots) which required hemodialysis due to acute kidney failure from venous obstruction, followed by a difficult removal procedure.
The second plaintiff, Ellen F., is a woman from Texas who was implanted with a Cordis TrapEase IVC Filter on April 14, 2003. She suffered perforation of her vein, significant stenosis and occlusion, and moderate narrowing of her inferior vena cava near the filter.
The third plaintiff, McKinnis A., is a man from Louisiana who was implanted with a Cordis OptEase IVC Filter on April 20, 2006. He suffered injuries when the IVC Filter tilted and 6 struts perforated his vein, with 1 of those struts against his aorta.
The fourth plaintiff, Buck C., is a man from North Dakota who was implanted with the Cordis OptEase IVC Filter on September 21, 2013. He suffered injuries when the IVC Filter tilted, became embedded in his vein, and was no longer removable.
The fifth plaintiff, Marissa P., is a woman from Kansas who was implanted with the Cordis OptEase IVC Filter on October 6, 2004. She suffered injuries when the filter tilted, became embedded and occluded, and perforated her vein.
The sixth plaintiff, Clifford N., is a man who was living in Florida when he was implanted with a Cordis TrapEase IVC Filter on September 10, 2004. After he moved to Kentucky, he suffered injuries when the filter migrated and perforated his vein.
The seventh plaintiff, Charlotte N., is the wife of Clifford N. and is seeking compensation for loss of consortium with her husband.
As a result of the malfunctions, plaintiffs suffered life-threatening injuries and damages, and required extensive medical care and treatment. Furthermore, they will continue to incur significant medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Cordis Corporation is accused of negligence, selling a defective medical device, failing to warn about risks, fraudulent misrepresentation, beach of express warranty, and more.
The lawsuit was filed on May 29, 2018 in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Alameda — Case No. RG18906591.
There are now over 8,000 other IVC filter lawsuits pending against Cordis Corp. Argon Medical, Rex Medical, Cook Medical, B. Braun, C.R. Bard, and other manufacturers in U.S. courtrooms nationwide.
The plaintiff is represented by attorney Ben C. Martin of The Law Offices of Ben C. Martin in Dallas, Texas.