Like other defibrillators, Medtronic cardiac defibrillators are surgically implanted under the collarbone in patients who suffer from an irregular heartbeat. These pacemaker-like devices are designed to emit an electrical shock, jolting the heart into a regular rhythm.
Unfortunately, some Medtronic defibrillator models have experienced rapid battery depletion, resulting in complete battery failure. Without a battery the device is rendered ineffective and may lead to very serious cardiac issues, including death. In 2005, Medtronic issued an alert concerning the family of devices known as implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) and CRT-D devices with batteries manufactured prior to December 2003. Recalls and replacements have ensued, as have a number of lawsuits regarding this faulty device.
While Medtronic has acknowledged fault by offering to replace the device and pay several thousand dollars in other expenses, this may not be adequate coverage for the second surgery required for the replacement device and for people and families who have experienced serious consequences from this malfunctioning product.
If you or a loved one has had a Medtronic cardiac defibrillator implantation and has experience serious adverse events as a result, contact our New York personal injury attorneys to learn more about your legal rights and options.