The lawsuit was filed by Huyen N., a woman 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 purpose of implanting the IVC Filter in her inferior vena cava was to catch blood clots and prevent a pulmonary embolism.
The IVC Filter was surgically implanted on October 20, 2015 at UW Medicine Valley Medical Center in Renton, Washington by Dr. Gordon F. Greenman.
The plaintiff underwent an attempted retrieval procedure by Dr. Jacob A. Thomas at UW Medicine Valley Medical Center. Unfortunately, the IVC Filter was not successfully removed.
The problem is that her IVC Filter was tilted and embedded in the wall of her inferior vena cava.
The lawsuit accuses Rex Medical and Argon Medical Devices of negligence for selling a defective medical device, failing to warn about potential safety risks, and misrepresenting those safety risks.
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: 180104252.
The manufacturers of IVC Filters are now facing over 7,000 lawsuits from people who were injured by breakthrough pulmonary embolisms, filter thrombosis, death, embedment, tilt, migration, fracture, perforation, multiple retrieval surgeries, and other severe side effects.
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.