Guidant Defibrillator Recall Information
PLEASE NOTE: The class action litigation is completed and we are no longer accepting cases for Guidant Defibrillators.
What is an implanted defibrillator?
defibrillator is an electronic device implanted in the body and intended
to prevent cardiac arrest from severe ventricular tachycardia. An
electrode is connected between the heart and a tiny computer in the
defibrillator. The computer monitors the heartbeat, and if it detects
an arrhythmia, it activates a built-in pacemaker to restabilize the
heart's rhythm. If that fails, it delivers a small defibrillating
electrical jolt to the heart. In an extreme case, it resorts to a
far stronger jolt to reset the heart rate.
Who is Guidant?
refers to itself as a world leader in the design and development of
cardiovascular medical products. It is a major manufacturer of implantable
medical devices, including defibrillators. Its corporate headquarters
are in Indianapolis, with major operations in California, Minnesota,
Texas, Washington, Puerto Rick and Ireland. Guidant is in the process
of being acquired by Johnson and Johnson which has its headquarters
in New Jersey.
What is the problem with Guidant defibrillators?
17, 2005, Guidant announced that it was recalling 50,000 of its implantable
defibrillators, 38,000 of which are in use in the United States. The
defibrillators can short-circuit, causing them to fail and not work
as intended. The company has received reports of the device malfunctioning
at least 45 times, causing at least two deaths. Guidant came under
fire earlier this spring after reports that it had failed to alert
physicians about potential problems with one of the defibrillator
models, the Ventak Prizm 2 DR. A 21-year-old Minnesota college student
died in March when his defibrillator short-circuited while he was
mountain-biking in Utah. A second death has been linked to another
What models are defective?
Who has a claim?
family of a person with one of the models listed above that failed
resulting in death, has a claim for wrongful death.
3. A person
with one of the models above that has not failed, has a claim for
the cost of taking out the defective defibrillator, the cost of replacement,
and the cost of implanting the replacement.