The lawsuit was filed by a woman from Georgia who was implanted with an Option® blood clot filter in 2016. The filter perforated the wall of her vein, causing her to suffer severe pain and health problems.
The jury awarded her over $1 million in future medical expenses, plus more than $2.3 million in future pain and suffering. The jury also awarded an additional $30.3 million in punitive damages.
Blood clot filters are wire devices that are implanted in the vena cava, where they are supposed to catch blood clots and prevent deadly pulmonary embolisms.
Unfortunately, IVC filters also pose serious risks. The filter can move out of position, fracture into pieces, puncture the vein, and more.
Rex Medical was accused of selling a defective IVC filter with an unreasonably dangerous risk of causing complications.
The trial began in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas earlier this month. It was the first case to come before a Philadelphia jury in the nationwide IVC filter litigation.
More than 760 lawsuits involving IVC filters have been consolidated in a mass tort program in Philadelphia. As of mid-September, another 7,000 cases were pending against Cook Medical in Indiana federal court, plus 8,600 lawsuits against C.R. Bard in Arizona federal court.