Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator

Medtronic, the largest manufacturer of implanted heart devices in the United States, is urging all of the approximately 268,000 patients worldwide (172,000 in the U.S.) with Sprint Fidelis leads, to immediately see their doctors to find out if the wire has fractured. The Sprint Fidelis wire has been used with Medtronic defibrillators since 2004.

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What is a Medtronic sprint fidelis defibrillator?

The Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator is an implantable device designed to correct dangerous heart rhythms by delivering an electrical pulse to the heart, preventing sudden cardiac arrest in high-risk patients. This device was widely used until concerns arose about its reliability.

Issues leading to lawsuits

Several significant problems have been identified with the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator, primarily concerning its leads—the thin wires that connect the device to the heart. These leads were found to be prone to fracture, leading to unnecessary shocks or failure to operate when needed, putting patients at serious risk. In 2007, Medtronic issued a recall of these devices due to these critical safety concerns. However, for many patients, the damage was already done.

Legal Recourse against Medtronic

Patients and their families have sought legal recourse for multiple reasons:

  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death: Fractured leads can cause severe physical injuries, emotional distress, and in some cases, death. Legal action seeks compensation for these damages.
  • Medical Expenses: Victims often face significant medical costs for device replacement, surgery, and treatment of complications caused by device failure.
  • Pain and Suffering: The psychological impact of living with a potentially faulty device that could malfunction at any moment is profound.
  • Loss of Quality of Life: Many patients experience a drastic change in their lifestyle, with increased medical visits, anxiety over health, and limitations on physical activities.

If one or more of the above is influencing you or a loved one’s life, choosing Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys as your law firm can provide you with the following benefits:

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Choosing Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys means selecting a firm that is deeply experienced in medical device litigation. Here’s what we offer:

  1. Thorough Evaluation: We provide a comprehensive review of your case, assessing the impact of the device’s failure on your health and life.
  2. Dedicated Representation: Our team is committed to your cause. We will navigate the complex legal and medical terrain of your case, advocating fiercely for your rights.
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If you or a loved one has been harmed by a Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys today for a free consultation. We understand the challenges you face and are here to help you every step of the way. Let our expertise work for you in securing the justice and compensation you deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions about Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Defibrillators

Explore our FAQ to get the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about Medtronic defibrillators.

What specific problems have been reported with the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator?

The most significant issue reported with the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator involves the leads, or wires, that connect the device to the heart. These leads have been found to fracture or break, leading to serious complications such as inappropriate shocks, failure to deliver necessary shocks, and other malfunctions that can result in severe injury or death.

Am I eligible to file a lawsuit if I had a Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator implanted?

You might be eligible to file a lawsuit if you experienced complications such as inappropriate or failed shocks due to lead fractures after having a Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator implanted. It is crucial to consult with a lawyer who specializes in medical device litigation to review your medical history, the specifics of your device, and the details of any failures or complications to determine your eligibility for a lawsuit.

What can I expect in terms of compensation from a Medtronic Sprint Fidelis lawsuit?

Compensation in a Medtronic Sprint Fidelis lawsuit can vary but typically includes coverage for medical expenses, including costs for device replacement and any additional surgeries required. Compensation might also include damages for pain and suffering, lost wages, and loss of future earnings if the complications had a long-term impact on your ability to work. In cases of wrongful death, additional damages may be sought for the loss suffered by family members.

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