The lawsuit was filed by Savannah S. R., a woman from Ohio 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 September 8, 2014 at Premier Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio by Dr. Robert L. Tyrrell.
She underwent an attempted retrieval procedure on September 21, 2017 at Kettering Medical Center in Ohio by Dr. Jonathon Velasco.
The IVC Filter was successfully removed, but the procedure was complicated because the filter was embedded, fractured, and punctured through her vein. The perforated struts of the filter extended outside of the vein into the duodenum of her intestines. After the filter was removed, a small fractured fragment was left in her body.
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 30, 2019 in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania — Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (Trial Division / Civil Section) — Case ID: 190102941.
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.