Many people across Florida depend on medical devices such as cardiac defibrillators and pacemakers, to help regulate their health. Unfortunately, these live-saving have not always proved reliable — and patients’ lives have been put at risk. Some manufacturers have been forced to issue recalls of several devices because of serious defects.
The defective medical device lawyers at Martinez, Manglardi, & have been representing the injured in Florida since 1988, so we understand the dangers that a defective medical device can pose to unsuspecting patients. The defective medical device attorneys at our offices have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars verdicts and settlement for our clients – and we’re ready to put our experience to work for you.
You should be aware of these key facts about recent medical device recalls:
Guidant Defibrillators and Pacemakers
Guidant Corporation has recalled thousands of defibrillators and pacemakers since 2005 because of potentially lethal defects. Several models of defibrillators were discovered to have defective circuitry, which could prevent the device from delivering a shock during use. Another model was recalled due to a memory error, which could also affect performance at a vital moment. The affected models include:
- Prizm 2 DR, Model 1861, manufactured on or before April 16, 2002
- Contak Renewal, Model H135, manufactured on or before August 26, 2004
- Contak Renewal 2, Model H155, manufactured on or before August 26, 2004
- Prizm AVT
- Vitality AVT
- Renewal 3 AVT
- Renewal 4 AVT
- Renewal 2 – if audible beeping is detected
Several pacemakers were also recalled after it was discovered that a sealing component could leak, allowing moisture to affect electrical circuits. This could result in the device’s failure or a rapid heartbeat. The affected pacemakers were made between November 1997 and October 2000 and include the following models:
- Pulsar® Max Models 1170, 1171, 1270
- Pulsar Models 0470, 0870, 0970, 0972, 1172, 1272
- Discovery® Models 1174, 1175, 1273, 1274, 1275
- Meridian® Models 0476, 0976, 1176, 1276
- Pulsar Max II Models 1180, 1181, 1280
- Discovery II Models 0481, 0981, 1184, 1186, 1187, 1283, 1284, 1285, 1286
- Contak TR® Model 1241
- Virtus Plus® II Models 1380, 1480
- Intelis II Models 1483, 1484, 1485, 1384, 1385, 1349, 1499
Medtronic Inc. recalled more 80,000 implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds) after learning of a battery malfunction that could cause loss of power. The affected devices were manufactured between April 2001 and December 2003 and include these models:
- Marquis VR Model 7230
- Marquis DR Model 7274
- Maximo VR Model 7232
- Maximo DR Model 7278
- InSync Marquis Model 7277
- InSync II Marquis Model 7289
- InSync III Marquis Model 7279
Bard Composix Kugel Mesh Patch
Davol, Inc., was involved in the recall of certain Bard Composix Kugel Mesh Patch devices. The Bard Composix Kugel Mesh Patch is a medical device used to repair ventral hernias, which can occur when scar tissue stretches or thins after a surgical procedure. One component of the patch is a memory coil ring that folds down for insertion during surgery – and then springs open once in place. The recall was issued because the coil ring can break under the stress of insertion – leading to dangerous intestinal problems.
Any patient who has a hernia patch should seek immediate medical attention for any of the following symptoms:
- Unexplained or persistent abdominal pain
- Tenderness at the implant site
If you have been implanted with one of the recalled patches, you should consult with your doctor to determine whether the device should be removed.
At Martinez Manglardi, our defective medical device lawyers are currently working with victims of the Guidant recall and other defective medical devices. We are on your side, and we can help you make informed decisions about your medical device claim. Our cases are handled by a team of professionals, including nurses, doctors, engineers and medical malpractice attorneys. We offer free consultations in your home, at the hospital or in our offices. There are no fees or costs unless we win. Contact us today at one of our convenient Florida locations by calling 1-888-337-3246 or via our online contact form.