The lawsuit was filed by Jonathan R., a man from North Carolina who was implanted with the Option™ 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 on January 4, 2011 at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina by Dr. Steven Yi-Zen Huang.
The IVC Filter was successfully removed on November 16, 2017 by Dr. Neal Viradia at Duke University Hospital.
The removal procedure was complicated because the IVC Filter was embedded, tilted, fractured, perforated through the vein, and an embedded strut had to be removed using laser ablation.
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 August 31, 2018 in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania — Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (Trial Division / Civil Section) — Case ID: 180803266.
There are now over 8,000 other IVC filter lawsuits pending against Rex 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.