April 3, 2017 — The widow of a man who died of cardiac arrest as a result of a defective B. Braun IVC filter has filed a lawsuit in federal court in North Carolina.
The lawsuit (PDF) was filed by Lorraine Waters, widow of Keith A. Waters, a man who was implanted with the B. Braun VenaTech™ LP Permanent Inferior Vena Cava Filter.
The filter was implanted in his body at Catawba Valley Medical Center on March 12, 2015. He died of severe complications three weeks later.
The Morning Call reports that the filter broke soon after implantation in his inferior vena cava, a blood vessel that goes straight to the heart.
The broken pieces of the filter traveled in his bloodstream until they hit his heart and lungs. This also caused the development of blood clots above the filter, which caused his death from cardiac arrest and multiple blood clots in his lungs.
According to the lawsuit:
“On or about April 2, 2015, decedent died from complications related to the defective IVC filter, including but not limited to, filter thrombosis, multiple pulmonary emboli, and cardiac arrest.”
Ms. Waters is seeking compensation for his medical expenses, her mental pain and anguish, and loss of consortium with her husband.
B. Braun Medical, Inc. and Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC are accused of negligence for selling a defective device that is unsafe due to the risk of severe side effects, such as:
- Cardiac/pericardial tamponade (pressure due to collection of blood in the area surrounding the heart)
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Symptoms like a heart attack
- Chronic deep vein thrombosis
- Pulmonary embolism
- Compartment syndrome
The lawsuit was filed on March 31, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina (Statesville Division) — In Re: Lorraine Waters, et al. v. B. Braun Medical Inc., et al. — Case No. 5:17-cv-00061.
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