The lawsuit was filed by Margaret H., a woman from Florida 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 surgically implanted in her inferior vena cava to catch blood cots and prevent a Venous Thromboembolism (VTE).
It was implanted on October 12, 2015 at Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Florida by Dr. Aaron C. Kovaleski and attending physician Dr. Dimitry Oliver.
Dr. Kovaleski and Dr. Christopher J. Borsage attempted to remove the IVC Filter on March 1, 2016, but the procedure was unsuccessful.
The retrieval attempt was unsuccessful because the IVC Filter was tilted and embedded in the wall of her inferior vena cava.
The plaintiff required another retrieval surgery on May 8, 2016, by Dr. Borsage. Unfortunately, the second surgery was also unsuccessful.
The plaintiff now faces a lifelong risk of health problems associated with a temporary IVC Filter that was unable to be removed, including blood clots (thrombosis), filter fracture, organ damage, and death.
The lawsuit accuses Rex Medical and Argon Medical Devices of negligence, failure to warn, design defect, manufacturing defect, breach of implied and express warranty, negligent misrepresentation, and more.
The lawsuit was filed on January 25, 2018 in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania — Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (Trial Division / Civil Section) — Case ID: 180104253.
There are now over 7,000 additional IVC filter lawsuits that are currently pending against Rex Medical, 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.