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Life-threatening IVC Filter Broken and Embedded in Lungs

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Recently a woman from New Jersey who was injured by the Option (retrievable) vena cava filter filed a personal injury and defective product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the dangerous device Argon Medical Devices and Rex Medical. Pennsylvania-based Rex Medical, LP (“Rex”) faces thousands of lawsuits involving the company’s Option IVC filter. Argon Medical Devices Inc. sells the Option™ Elite inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, which was designed by Rex Medical. The filter was approved on 2009 with a 510(k) application, which allowed them to perform only minimal testing before selling the devices for use in patients nationwide. The device is implanted in the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body to prevent blood clots that form in the legs and pelvic area from breaking loose and moving to the lungs. In many instances the filter has malfunctioned and led to serious health problems. For example, pieces of the metal device have broken off and become lodged in the liver, heart, lungs and other major organs.

On August 5, 2010, Cindy H was implanted with an Option IVC filter at Virtua Voorhees Hospital in New Jersey. After few months from the device implanted, she discovered severe back pain. On October 20, 2015, she underwent a procedure to remove the filter. She visited to doctor’s clinic for medical checkup. Dr. prescribed an X-ray; the X-ray report revealed that the Option IVC filter was severely tilted, with the apex of the filter along the side wall of the vena cava instead of the center. When doctors tried to remove the filter, a needle-like wire leg broke off and traveled to her lungs. Dr suggested Cindy H that the IVC filter should not be removed because of its position. It is very risky to remove the device as the device was broken and embedded in her left central lung field.

The lawsuit was filed on March 14, 2017 in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas under the Case ID: 170301261. The Plaintiff is represented by attorney Ben C. Martin of The Law Offices of Ben C. Martin in Dallas, Texas; and attorney Stephen A. Sheller of Sheller, P.C., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The lawsuits claim that manufacturers failed to warn the general public about the potential health risks associated with the device. Rex Medical and Argon Medical Devices accused of concealing known risks, failing to warn about side effects, and continuing to market the filter as safe and effective, despite a lack of studies proving its long-term or short-term safety.

As of now over 3,000 IVC filter lawsuits is pending against Rex Medical, Argon Medical Devices, Cook Medical, and C.R. Bard. Argon Medical Devices Inc. sells the Option™ Elite inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, which was designed by Rex Medical. The filter was approved on 2009 with a 510(k) application, which allowed them to perform only minimal testing before selling the devices for use in patients nationwide. Many plaintiffs across the nation have to live with embedded IVC filter throughout their life with the risk of further injury from the device lodged inside their body. The FDA safety communication states that the risk of device perforation greatly increased the longer the device stayed in the body and recommending they be removed after 39 days, but before 54 days.

If you or someone you love suffered complications or death from any IVC Filters (including the Option IVC filter) Contact Drugsclaim.com. All cases are pursued on a contingency fee basis there are never any out-of-pocket costs to hire our Cook filter attorneys unless we win your case. The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in IVC Filter Lawsuits.

 

 

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