Was a Defective Heart Pump the Cause of an Injury or Death to You or a Loved One?
Recent Failures in the Medtronic HeartWare Ventricular Assist Device (HVAD) System May Be Responsible for Neurological Injuries and Death
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Medtronic, a global manufacturer of medical device, has removed its HeartWare Ventricular Assist Device (HVAD) System from the market following reports of multiple injuries and deaths. Between January 2009 and April 2021, the company received over 100 complaints regarding the product, 14 of which resulted in death.
If you or a loved one have been affected by this unsafe product, including any of the following:
- Required an HVAD pump to be replaced;
- Suffered neurological injuries, such as strokes, due to pump failure; or
- Death due to pump failure
you may have the right to sue to recover lost wages, medical expenses, or other financial compensation.
How Do You Know If You Have a Case?
On June 3, 2021, Medtronic issued an “Urgent Medical Device Communication” to announce their decision to stop the distribution and sale of HVAD. In the letter they state, “A growing body of observational clinical comparisons demonstrate a higher frequency of neurological adverse events and mortality with the HVAD™ System as compared to other commercially available durable left ventricular assist devices (LVAD).” The devices experienced delays in restarting, or a failure to restart at all. These incidents resulted in multiple neurologic injuries and deaths.
Patients who have had a HVAD implant are urged to content their physician immediately. We would also encourage you to contact an experienced defective product attorney as soon as possible.
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If you or a loved one has suffered because of a defective Medtronic heart pump, the legal/medical team at Janet, Janet & Suggs is here to help you seek the compensation you deserve. We would need to act quickly, as each state has its own statute of limitations—a limited amount of time during which you may file a claim. The quicker we can begin working on your case, the quicker you can continue with your healing process.
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HVAD RECALL HISTORY
Medtronic HeartWare HVAD System Recalled Due to Unintended Intermittent Electrical Disconnection between The Power Source and The Controller
Medtronic Recalls HeartWare HVAD Pump Outflow Graft and Outflow Graft Strain Relief Due to Risk of Breaks and Tears During Set Up
Medtronic Recalls HeartWare HVAD Battery Cables, Data Cables, Adapter Cables and Controller 2.0 Ports Due to Risk of Damage to Controller Ports
Stop New Implants of the Medtronic HVAD System – Letter to Health Care Providers
Medtronic Recalls HVAD Pump Implant Kits Due to Delayed or Failed Restart After the Pump is Stopped