The lawsuit was filed by Shawn S., a man from Michigan 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 his vein for the purpose of preventing a Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) and catching blood clots.
It was implanted on October 15, 2014 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Michigan.
The plaintiff suffered through 3 surgeries in an attempt to remove the IVC Filter. The surgeries were unsuccessful because the IVC Filter was tilted and embedded in the wall of the vein.
The first attempt was on December 23, 2014, less than 3 months after it was originally implanted.
The attempt was unsuccessful. One month later, on January 23, 2015, doctors at Lakeland Regional Medical Center attempted to remove the IVC Filter for a second time. Again, the retrieval procedure was unsuccessful.
The plaintiff was transferred to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The IVC Filter was finally retrieved successfully with a team of doctors including Dr. Jared Bailey, assisted by Dr. M. Kaja and Dr. W. Saad.
He is seeking compensation for pain and suffering and other injuries related to IVC Filter tilt, embedment, and multiple retrieval surgeries.
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 February 22, 2018 in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania — Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (Trial Division / Civil Section) — Case ID 180202266.
There are now over 7,000 other IVC filter lawsuits pending against Rex Medical, Argon 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; and attorney Stephen A. Sheller of Sheller, P.C., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.