The lawsuit was filed by Mark G., a man from California 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 to catch blood clots and prevent a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs).
It was implanted on November 21, 2013 at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, California, by Dr. Jaywant P. Parmar.
The plaintiff underwent several unsuccessful surgeries in an attempt to remove the IVC Filter. The first attempt was on September 14, 2015 at San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield, California by Dr. Russell K. Paul.
The second unsuccessful surgery to remove the IVC Filter was on January 12, 2016 at Vascular Health in Bakersfield, California.
The IVC Filter could not be removed because it was tilted and embedded in the wall of the plaintiff’s inferior vena cava, resulting in pain and injury from multiple retrieval surgeries.
The lawsuit accuses Rex Medical and Argon Medical Devices of negligence, failure to warn, defective design, manufacturing defect, breach of implied and express warranty, and more.
The lawsuit was filed on March 7, 2018 in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania — Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas — Case Case ID: 180300447.
There are now over 7,000 other IVC filter lawsuits pending against Rex Medical, Argon Medical Devices, Cook Medical, B. Braun, C.R. Bard, and other manufacturers in state and federal courts 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.