Defective Guidant Cardiac Defibrillators
On June 17, 2005, Boston Scientific / Guidant recalled nearly 80,000 of its cardiac defibrillators because of defects that could lead to serious injury and death. Reports indicate that approximately 38,000 of the recalled defibrillators were implanted in patients throughout the United States.
The first indication that there was a problem with Guidant defibrillators came in 2002, when officials detected a potential problem with the wiring of one defibrillator model. Since then, Guidant’s own medical reports admitted that at least 69 defibrillators malfunctioned, resulting in at least two deaths by mid 2005.
In March 2005, a 21-year-old college student with heart disease, suffered sudden death when the Guidant defibrillator implanted in his chest short-circuited. Guidant, which was acquired by Boston Scientific, acknowledged that the defibrillator had short-circuited.
Following the college student’s death, Guidant told the student’s doctors that it was aware of 25 other cases in which the defibrillator had the same flaw. However, at the time, Guidant had not seen a compelling reason to issue an alert to physicians because the unit’s failure rate was very low and replacing the devices might pose greater risks to patients.
Guidant said it would correct the flaw in future models and no warning was issued to doctors until May 2005, a week after The New York Times disclosed the problems.
CASE UPDATE:$240 Million Guidant Defibrillator Settlement
KCR clients who were injured by malfunctioning Guidant cardiac defibrillators will claim shares of the $240 million fund as part of a 2008 nationwide settlement.
- In a confidential settlement, our attorneys successfully resolved a case against Johnson & Johnson on behalf of over 200 individuals who alleged that they contracted post operative infections from sutures that had not been properly sterilized.
- In another case, we successfully resolved a case against a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon, Inc. on behalf of approximately 56 women who allege that they were injured by a defective medical device known as Intergel.
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