Defibrillators are medical devices designed to monitor heart rhythm. They produce an electric shock to return the heart to the normal rhythm when irregular heartbeats occur.
Defibrillators are implanted in patients at risk for heart attacks, cardiac arrest, and other cardiac events. The defibrillator is connected to the heart with leads that are implanted in the veins
Have you suffered from complications after receiving this implant, you may have grounds to file a damages lawsuit.
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About The Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator
On October 15, 2007, Medtronic, Inc. (a manufacturer of defibrillators) recalled its Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator Leads that were manufactured from September 2004-October 15, 2007 from the market.
Medtronic advised doctors to stop implanting these leads and to return unused products to them. The Food and Drug Administration announced the Class 1 Recall on October 15, 2007, explaining that the leads can fracture and may cause inappropriate shocks or not work at all.
The FDA recall was a Class 1 recall which is the most serious type of recall—reserved for situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of the product will cause serious injury or death. The defective Sprint Fidelis Leads can also be used with defibrillators made by manufacturers other than Medtronic.
The model numbers of the recalled leads are 6930, 6931, 6948, and 6949. In order to identify whether or not you have a Sprint Fidelis lead, you can look at the card that most defibrillator patients are given that identifies the device that was implanted. If you have any uncertainty about your device, you should contact your doctor.
Younger patients are at a greater risk of having a lead fracture. According to the Wall Street Journal, the leads tend to come under greater stress in more active people, including children and adolescents, and younger adults, because the heart beats faster in these people.
Contact Goldberg Finnegan Today
If you or your loved one believes that you may have a Defibrillator with the Sprint Fidelis leads, you should contact your doctor immediately.
You also should speak to an attorney to discuss the possibility of bringing a lawsuit/claim to recover your damages. It is important to act promptly because the law imposes deadlines on bringing claims and lawsuits.
This deadline is called the statute of limitations. The personal injury lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan, LLC are currently reviewing Spring Fidelis lead claims, and if you believe that you or a loved one has a defibrillator with Spring Fidelis Leads, then you should call 202-516-7558 for a free telephone consultation.