An inferior vena cava filter is a small, cone shaped device that is implanted in the inferior vena cava artery, just below the kidney. It is intended to catch blood clots that might migrate from the lower extremities to the lungs. This can cause a potentially fatal condition called pulmonary embolism. However, some IVC filters are causing patients pain and suffering. Plus, they are very difficult to remove. A man has filed a lawsuit against one manufacturer of IVC filters, as the Daily Hornet Reports, because of problems with his IVC filter.
A man identified as Jon F. of Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit. In the suit, he claims that he was injured by the Option™ ELITE Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava filter. The filter is manufactured by Argon Medical Devices Inc. and Rex Medical.
Mr. F. had the filter surgically implanted on August 5, 2014. He had to have the filter surgically removed on February 19, 2015. Upon retrieval, it was noted that the filter was tilted.
In the lawsuit, it is asserted that the patient suffered significant injuries, including the tilted and embedded filter.
Argon and Medical Rex are accused in the lawsuit of failing to warn doctors and patients that the IVC filter had the possibility of collapsing, breaking, embedding, and tilting. Such incidents could possibly lead to thrombosis and damage to the veins.
This is just one of approximately 4,500 lawsuits that have been filed on behalf of IVC filter patients. The varied lawsuits are against several IVC filter manufacturers, including Rex Medical, Argon, Cook Medical, B. Braun, and C.R. Bard.
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