PLEASE NOTE: The class action litigation is completed and we are no longer accepting cases for Medtronic Defibrillators.
What is an implanted defibrillator?
An implantable 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.
Medtronic refers to itself as the world's leading medical technology company. It is a major manufacturer of implantable medical devices, including defibrillators. Its headquarters are in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
the problem with Medtronic defibrillators?
In February 2005 Medtronic announced that several of its implantable defibrillators can fail suddenly, because they have defective batteries. Device failure can result in sudden death. The bad batteries were put into devices in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
What models are defective?
Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator models:
Who has a claim?
1. Anyone with one of the models listed above that failed, resulting in uncontrolled ventricular tachycardia requiring documented medical care, who survived the incident, has a claim for injuries and a claim for the cost of taking out the defective defibrillator, the cost of replacement, and the cost of implanting the replacement.
2. The 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.