I’m sorry to hear about your heart issues. You are not alone. The lead wires in the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis implanted defibrillator have been found to be prone to breaks or fractures. A break or fracture in the wire can lead to a failure of the device or an electrical shock to the individual that is not needed. If you have been implanted with this type of defibrillator and you were harmed, you may need to speak with an attorney.
Medtronic announced it was suspending sales of devices with those lead wires in 2007. The wires were a critical component of the defibrillators. According to the company, if the wires broke, the device could cause patients to experience extreme pain or even death. Although the devices were discontinued 11 years ago, there are still thousands of patients with the defective devices implanted.
Experts have recommended that the wires not be removed, since leaving them in place is less risky than removing them from veins that lead the device to the patient’s heart. Scar tissue often builds up around the lead after the initial implant, and if the lead is removed that can increase the risk of damage to the heart muscle or can increase the risk of tearing a vein.If you believe you or a loved one has been harmed by a Medtronic defibrillator, you may have legal rights against the company. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation, or visit us on our YouTube channel to learn more about the firm.