The lawsuit was filed by Guadalupe P., a woman who was living in Texas when she was implanted with the Option™ ELITE 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 July 30, 2016 at Las Palmas Medical Center in El Paso, Texas by Dr. Raphael Dim Uzodinma.
She underwent 3 attempts at removing the IVC Filter. The first attempt was on December 22, 2016 at Las Palmas Medical Center. The second attempt was on May 3, 2017 at Mountainview Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico by Dr. Thomas Spera. The third attempt was at Stanford University Hospital & Clinics in Stanford, California by Dr. William T. Kuo. The final attempt was successful.
The retrieval procedure was complicated because the filter was tilted, embedded in the vein, and perforating through the vein.
She required multiple retrieval surgeries, including two complex percutaneous retrieval procedures — one failed and one successful.
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 November 27, 2018 in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania — Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (Trial Division / Civil Section) — Case ID: 181102764.
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.