In 2007, a Pennsylvania man underwent a procedure to have a Riata lead implant inserted in his body, which is used to control arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats. In 2012, the victim learned that the lead implant that was previously inserted was defective and he underwent an invasive surgery to have the defective lead removed and replaced. However, when the lead implant was being removed, the doctors discovered that the device had fractured. Even worse of a discovery was the fact that had the victim ever needed an electric shock from his defibrillator, the lead device would have malfunctioned. Due to the various defects that were discovered during the surgical removal of the lead implant, the victim suffered from physical and mental pain and economic loses, including lost income. Therefore, the victim filed a lawsuit against St. Jude Medical for injuries he suffered as a result of the manufacturing defects in the medical center's cardiac defibrillator leads. The complaint alleged numerous flaws in St. Jude's manufacturing process, which caused the insulation on the heart lead wires stop working and fracture.
Deficiently manufactured heart leads and premature failures such as this one can lead to a multitude of problems, including a substantial risk in removing the defected device and ultimately, the death of a patient. This is not the first time St. Jude Medical has had problems with its Riata lead implant. In 2010, St. Jude Medical published a Dear Doctor letter informing doctors and patients that the silicone used in the leads were "vulnerable to abrasion" and therefore, they were unable to deliver an electrical shock. In 2011, St. Jude Medical published a second Dear Doctor letter informing doctors of increased failure rates of the device. As a result of the second Dear Doctor letter, the FDA classified the problems with the lead devices as a Class I Recall, indicating that there was "a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to the product or device will cause serious adverse health consequences or death." If you or a loved one is affected by a product that causes injury, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC is the family of attorneys that will fight for you and your family's interests. Meyerkord & Kurth will represent you zealously in order to get your family the compensation that it deserves. Please contact our knowledgeable products liability attorneys at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 if you have suffered from a loss due to the negligence of a producer of consumer products.
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