Pacemakers Recalled for Dangerous Defect

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Class 1 recall of certain Medtronic pacemakers. The company sent an urgent recall notice to consumers in January, which urged them to consider having the devices replaced.

The recalled devices include 48  Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillators (CRT-Ds) manufactured between July 13, 2013 and August 8, 2017. According to Medtronic, a defect occurred during the manufacturing process. The defect can cause an out-of-specification gas mixture inside the device and prevent it from delivering the electrical shock to pace a patient’s heartbeat, or revive a patient having cardiac arrest.

A Class 1 recall is the most serious recall the FDA has. The malfunction in this device could result in serious injury or death. Moreover, Medtronic says there has been one confirmed case of an implanted device failing, in which the patient was rescued by external defibrillation. Doctors following patients with the affected devices have also been contacted by the company, and have been urged to explant the device from their patients

“Class 1 recalls are very serious. Doctors and patients should not take this warning lightly,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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