Florida family files wrongful death lawsuit against IVC filter manufacturers

by Eric Pearson

The family of a Florida man who died after receiving an IVC filter sold by Rex Medical and Argon Medical Devices has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the companies. The lawsuit accuses the two companies of selling a defective medical product and of failing to warn patients about the risks of its Option Retrievable Vena Cava Filter.

IVC filters, which are also known as Inferior Vena Cava filters, are medical devices that are implanted in patients at risk of pulmonary embolism. The devices are implanted in the inferior vena cava, a blood vessel that carries blood from the lower body, in order to help prevent blood clots from traveling to the heart, lungs, or brain.

According to the lawsuit, Deon Desmond Monplaisir was implanted with an Option IVC filter in September 2014. Just a few days after receiving the device, Monplaisir suffered a pulmonary embolism, the same condition that the filter was designed to prevent. One week later, he died as a result of respiratory failure and pulmonary embolism.

The lawsuit filed against Rex and Argon accuses the companies of selling a defective product and of failing to warn patients about the risks of the Option IVC filter. According to the lawsuit, the Option filter was approved by the FDA as part of the agency’s 510(k) application process. Under this process, medical devices that are “equivalent” to another device that is already on the market can be approved by the FDA without having to undergo clinical trials.

In the case of the Option IVC filter, the “equivalent” devices were the Recovery and G2 IVC filters sold by C.R. Bard. Bard recalled the Recovery filter in 2005 over concerns about the risk of serious and potentially fatal complications in patients treated with the device. The G2 filter has been linked to a 12% five year fracture rate. Bard is currently facing hundreds of lawsuits filed on behalf of patients who were injured by IVC filters sold by the company.

Lawsuits Filed on Behalf of Patients Injured by Defective IVC Filters

Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against companies who manufacture IVC filters on behalf of patients who suffered complications after being implanted with these devices. If you or a loved one have suffered complications after being treated with an IVC filter sold by Cook Medical, C.R. Bard, or other manufactures, you may qualify to file a lawsuit. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with a law firm whose attorneys have the experience in product liability litigation to advise you regarding your legal rights.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have filed hundreds of lawsuits on behalf of patients and families that have been affected by dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, hazardous consumer products, and other legal matters. Heygood, Orr & Pearson has the financial resources and legal expertise to ensure that your legal rights are protected in a court of law.

At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we believe that when medical device manufacturers fail to properly ensure that their products meet minimum health and safety requirements, they should be held accountable for the injuries caused by their products in a court of law. Our firm believes that all patients deserve access to qualified legal counsel to represent their interests and ensure the best possible result in their case.

For a free legal consultation and to find out more about whether you may be eligible to file an IVC filter lawsuit, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few questions about your case to get started.

by Eric Pearson

Eric Pearson is a licensed attorney and a partner at HO&P who handles commercial and personal injury lawsuits. Eric has been selected to the Super Lawyers List, a Thomson Reuters publication.