The lawsuit was filed by Susan R. B., a woman from New York 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 June 20, 2017 at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York by Dr. Michael Ryan, P.A.
The filter became tilted, embedded in her vein, perforated through her vein, and required multiple retrieval surgeries. Three of the surgeries were complex removals.
The IVC Filter was eventually removed successfully. The plaintiff underwent 4 retrieval attempts — October 17 and October 30, 2017 at Roswell Park Cancer Institute; November 22, 2017 at Gates Vascular Institute in Buffalo, NY; and February 28, 2018 at New York Presbyterian – Weill-Cornell Medical Center in New York City, NY.
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 January 15, 2019 in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania — Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (Trial Division / Civil Section) — Case ID: 190101037.
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.