An Alabama man who required open-heart surgery when an IVC Filter migrated to his heart six days after being implanted has filed a lawsuit against Cordis Corporation and Johnson & Johnson. The IVC filter makers stand accused of selling a defective medical device and failing to adequately warn of its dangers. Cordis is a subsidiary of J&J.
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The lawsuit was filed by an Alabama man injured by the OptEase® Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filter (“IVC Filter”) made by Cordis and J&J.
The man was implanted with the Cordis IVC Filter on April 20, 2016 in LaGrange, Georgia by Dr. William E. Behm at West Georgia Medical Center. He was discharged from the hospital in good health.
Cordis OptEase® Retrievable IVC Filter
Six days later, the man was readmitted to the hospital after feeling severe chest pains. An emergency cardiac catheterization revealed that the Cordis IVC Filter had migrated to his heart. The wayward filter was obstructing his right ventricle and right atrium.
The man was then transferred to Piedmont Atlanta Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. On April 29, 2016, he underwent emergency open-heart surgery. Doctors removed the OptEase IVC Filter and repaired damage which the filter had caused to his heart’s atrium, ventricle, and tricuspid valve.
The man’s physicians said, “Surgery was necessary to treat and prevent imminent death or life-threatening deterioration and failure of his circulatory system.”
One-Month Recovery from Surgery
Following open-heart surgery, the man spent one month recovering in hospital. On May 23, 2016, he was transferred to an inpatient rehabilitation facility. There he spent nearly four months recovering from his life-threatening injuries.
Cordis Corporation and Johnson & Johnson stand accused, in the lawsuit petition, of selling defective medical devices and failing to warn the man about dangerous risks.
The lawsuit is Case No. 60565803. It was filed August 17, 2017 in the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
4,000 IVC Filter Lawsuits Pending
Roughly 4,000 other IVC filter lawsuits are now pending against B. Braun, Cook Medical, C.R. Bard, Johnson & Johnson, Rex Medical, and other medical device makers in state and federal courtrooms nationwide.