The lawsuit was filed by Kimberly A. H., a woman from Virginia who 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 January 23, 2018 at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia by Dr. Erik H. Weissler.
She underwent an attempted retrieval procedure on March 6, 2018 at Virginia Interventional & Vascular Associates in Fredericksburg, Virginia by Dr. Richard D. Doherty.
After the first retrieval failed, she underwent a second unsuccessful retrieval attempt on April 26, 2018 at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center by Dr. Quinton S. Kelly.
The IVC Filter was unable to be removed. A small fractured strut broke off the filter and migrated into her lungs, where it remains embedded in her left lung pulmonary artery. The IVC Filter is embedded, tilted, fractured, and caused her to suffer through multiple retrieval attempts.
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 April 2, 2019 in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania — Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (Trial Division / Civil Section) — Case ID: 190400527.
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.