A Medtronic pacemaker recall was recently issued in November of 2005 for their Medtronic Sigma Series pacemakers. A defective Medtronic pacemaker, the Sigma Series has had problems with the wiring that connects the main circuitry of the pacemaker to the device header. This defect has proven capable of causing the device to fail, leaving patients at the mercy of their heart condition.
It is estimated that 40,000 Sigma Series pacemakers have been implanted worldwide; 19 of which have had failures eliciting the Medtronic recall of the device. While it should be noted that the defective Medtronic pacemaker has not resulted in any deaths, it does pose a serious risk for all patients with implanted Sigma Series pacemakers. Of the 40,000 devices implanted worldwide, an estimated 28,000 remain in circulation (6,650 in the United States).
Heart disease, or cardiac arrest, is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, accounting for approximately 200,000 to 400,000 deaths each year. Cardiovascular medical devices, such as those designed and developed by Medtronic, are used to treat patients suffering from heart rate/rhythm abnormalities that typically result from heart trauma (heart attack).
The Sigma series is the latest in a line of defective Medtronic medical devices. Defective Medtronic pacemakers / pacemaker-related devices have included:
(To view a complete list of advisory notices relating to defective Medtronic pacemakers, ICDs and CRTs, visit the Medtronic website)
Defective devices do not always warrant recalling an entire product line. Certain defects can and are attributed to anomalies or human error. Medical device manufacturers are required to report any problems associated with the use of their products, even if seemingly insignificant. The aforementioned Medtronic Sigma Series recall occurred due to a failure rate of the device of .17% to .30% and because a device failure could lead to disastrous consequences, including patient heart failure and death.
The manufacturers of medical devices are required to ensure the safety and functionality of their products before they are sold commercially. When company negligence leads to widespread defects, legal action may be warranted for those who have been injured as a result.
The law offices of Justice Lawyers have a great deal of experience in litigation associated with personal injuries incurred as a result of defective medical devices like Medtronic pacemakers. If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective medical device (Medtronic pacemaker, ICD or CRT), the lawyers of Justice Lawyers are waiting to hear from you to discuss all available legal recourse.
Medtronic Inc. is one of the largest producers of medical devices in the world. Founded in 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Medtronic has grown to become immensely successful, with business spanning more than 120 countries worldwide. Medtronic's founding partners are credited with developing and manufacturing the first wearable and implantable artificial pacemaker.
Cardiac rhythm management (CRM) is one of Medtronic's signature business lines, with medical devices that include:
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