The lawsuit was filed by Kimberly Sue S., a woman from Pennsylvania 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 her vein to catch blood clots and prevent a pulmonary embolism on November 27, 2015 at Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, Pennsylvania by Dr. Glenn Gardner.
About 4 months later, Dr. Gardner attempted to retrieve the IVC Filter at Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital. Unfortunately, the retrieval procedure was unsuccessful and the IVC Filter was not removed.
On April 11, 2016, the plaintiff underwent a second surgery in an attempt to remove the IVC Filter. This procedure was performed by Dr. Owen Stark at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The procedure was successful and the IVC Filter was removed.
The plaintiff is seeking compensation for injuries related to the IVC Filter becoming embedded in the wall of her inferior vena cava and tilted, which forced her to undergo multiple retrieval surgeries.
Rex Medical and Argon Medical Devices are accused of negligence, failure to warn, design defect, manufacturing defect, breach of implied and express warranty, negligent misrepresentation, and more.
The lawsuit was filed on February 14, 2018 in the First Judicial District of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (Trial Division / Civil Section) — Case ID: 180201201.
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.