The lawsuit was filed by Steve K., a man from Indiana who was implanted with the Option™ Vena Cava Filter (“IVC Filter”) manufactured by Argon Medical Devices Inc. and Rex Medical, L.P.
The IVC Filter was implanted in his vein to catch blood clots and prevent a pulmonary embolism on March 1, 2012 at Memorial Hospital of South Bend in South Bend, Indiana by Dr. Thomas J. Fischbach.
He underwent a medical procedure in an attempt to remove the IVC Filter at Memorial Hospital of South Bend, but Dr. Alphonse H. Harding was unable to remove the filter.
The filter is embedded in the vein, tilted, and pieces of the filter have punctured through the vein near his intestines. The apex of the filter has penetrated through the caval wall and is adjacent to the duodenum. The filter legs are also penetrating through the caval wall.
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 March 25 2019 in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania — Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (Trial Division / Civil Section) — Case ID: 190303097.
There are now over 12,000 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.