Many Medtronic lawsuits have been initiated across the United States and Canada by patients who suffered grievous harm due to defective products prescribed by their doctors and manufactured by Medtronic, Inc. or one of its subsidiaries. Such lawsuits seek financial compensation for the losses suffered, which may include:
- Overwhelming medical bills, such as for medical treatment, hospitalization, and medication
- Loss of income from missed work — both short- and long-term
- Costs of physical rehabilitation and occupational therapy/job retraining
- In fatal cases, the huge costs related to the loss of a loved one
Medtronic is a huge company, a manufacturer of medical devices that are used in 120 countries around the world, for over 30 types of medical conditions and diseases. Medtronic lawsuits are a regular occurrence.
Updates on Medtronic Lawsuits
The number of Medtronic lawsuits is large enough that several law firms in the U.S. focus solely on Medtronic lawsuits, and many more product liability attorneys also represent the injured in their lawsuits based on Medtronic device failures and defects. Some of the products that Medtronic makes are:
- insertable heart monitors
- defibrillators — one model of which has been recalled due to malfunctions and failures
- drug pumps
- neurostimulators — e.g., for movement, pain, bladder and psychiatric disorders
- shunts for hydrocephalus (a condition in which too much cerebrospinal fluid builds up in the brain's ventricles)
- stent grafts
- radio frequency therapy for BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia)
- gastric electrical stimulation for gastroparesis (a stomach disorder)
Many Medtronic lawsuits have ended in settlement. That is, Medtronic simply agrees to compensate the damages incurred by a user of their products without a judge having ordered the company to do so. In many cases, Medtronic agrees to a settlement without acknowledging that their product caused an injury or death. Settlements tend to save the corporation a great deal of money in legal fees rather than going to court, which involves a time-consuming and expensive legal process.
In addition to the Medtronic defibrillator recall, the company was subjected to a Class I recall by the FDA regarding two models of its pacemakers: Sigma and Kappa pacemakers, which may have faulty wiring that would cause device failure or malfunction. Nearly 37,000 pacemakers were recalled, and thousands of individuals have been using these devices for five or more years.
Medtronic Class Action Lawsuits
Medtronic class action lawsuits are another possibility, in light of the large numbers of individuals who may suffer the same or similar injuries based on commonly used Medtronic medical devices. If a Medtronic product has hurt you or your loved one, it's a good idea to schedule a free consultation with a Medtronic Lawyer to discuss your concerns.
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