Medtronic Defibrillator Injury Lawyer
Handling Claims Related to Defibrillator Injuries & Deaths
Medtronic Inc., one of the world's leading makers of cardiovascular devices including pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs), has faced dozens of lawsuits related to battery depletion and the consequential malfunctioning of its defibrillators and pacemakers.
Have you lost a loved one or been seriously injured because a defibrillator malfunctioned? A product liability lawyer at Arnold & Itkin may be able to help.
At our firm, we handle product liability claims and lawsuits involving defective medical devices of all kinds, including defibrillators, pacemakers and ICDs. These are complex cases that require significant resources and experience to properly prepare a case against the manufacturer or other responsible party. Our case results in this field speak for themselves. We have recovered hundreds of millions in verdicts and settlements for the injured and stand prepared to see how we can help you.
The first step is to schedule a free consultation with an attorney at our firm.
About Defibrillators and Pacemakers
Cardiac disease is one the leading causes of death in the U.S., with close to 400,000 deaths every year. Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) and pacemakers are devices used to stabilize the rhythm of the heart. A person suffering from bradycardia or slow heart rate may be implanted with a pacemaker or defibrillator. Pacemakers contain a battery responsible for the powering and proper functioning of the device. These devices have made it possible for thousands of people to lead normal lives. Defibrillators and pacemakers are life saving devices, and any malfunctioning in any component of the device can cause potentially fatal consequences.
In the case of Medtronic's pacemakers and defibrillators, a shorting defect in the battery was found to lead to a sudden and possibly rapid depletion of the battery. This depletion could be slow and over the course of a few days or in just a few hours, causing the device to malfunction. In some cases, the battery depleted and the patient suffered a heart attack before they were aware of the problem.
The company issued an advisory on February 11, 2005 warning that thousands of its Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators were at risk for battery depletion, causing the device to fail. The advisory identified devices manufactured between April 2001 and December 2003 were prone to such shorting action. The devices identified to have shorting action were the Marquis™ VR/DR and Maximo™ VR/DR ICDs and the InSync I/II/III Marquis™ and InSync III Protect™ CRT-D devices. Most of the defective defibrillators and pacemakers had already been implanted in American patients. Since then, over 13,000 people have had their pacemakers and defibrillators surgically removed.
In 2003 the design of the battery was changed to fix the problem, and a new battery design received FDA approval. By 2004, however, it was clear that the problem still existed with the new design when the company received a battery removed from a patient after the device failed.
The surgery to replace the defective ICDs and pacemakers is one fraught with complications because of the risks associated with invasive surgery, like infections. If you have been implanted with the Medtronic ICD or pacemaker, you should consider replacement under the advice and guidance of your cardiac surgeon.
Contact a Product Liability Attorney for Experienced Help
It is important to remember that you have legal options in the event that you or a loved one was injured by a defective defibrillator or pacemaker. Whether it was one of Medtronic's devices or was manufactured by another company, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. The best way to determine whether you have a claim is to have a defective product lawyer thoroughly review the matter. Because we offer a free consultation, we make it easy for you to get the information and guidance you need.
Contact a product liability attorney at Arnold & Itkin today for help with a Medtronic defibrillator claim.