The lawsuit was filed by Jessica J., a woman from Texas who was implanted with the OptEase® Inferior Vena Cava Filter (“IVC Filter”) manufactured by Cordis Corporation and Johnson & Johnson.
The IVC Filter was implanted in her vein to catch blood clots and prevent a pulmonary embolism on September 22, 2011 at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Carrollton, Texas.
In July 2017, a CT scan showed that her IVC Filter had developed a “complete thrombosis and relative obstruction.” The next day, she had another CT scan that confirmed the diagnosis and also showed that she suffered from a bilateral Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in her legs.
On July 25, 2017, she had a thrombolysis to remove the blood clots in her leg. The following day, she underwent a retrieval procedure of the IVC Filter.
Unfortunately, she nearly bled to death during the retrieval procedure because the IVC Filter was tilted, causing numerous unsuccessful attempts to engage the hook.
Her doctors were forced to use a balloon approach grasping the IVC Filter with forceps and removing the embedded filter piece by piece.
On July 27, doctors implanted stents to prop open her veins to establish normal blood circulation.
Cordis Corporation and Johnson & Johnson are accused of negligence for selling a defective medical device and failing to warn about risks.
The lawsuit was filed on August 10, 2018 in the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade Count, Florida — Filing # 76298376.
There are now over 8,000 other IVC filter lawsuits pending against Cordis Corporation, 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.