Medtronic Lead Replacement Surgery Risks Prompt Defibrillator Patients to Seek Out Lawyers Prior to Surgery
Patients who are facing defibrillator lead replacement due to the Medtronic defibrillator lead recall are contacting lawyers prior to the lead replacement surgery due to the significant risks of the surgery and the need to preserve evidence needed to substantiate their legal claims
The Medtronic Recall of the Sprint Fidelis defibrillator lead last month has caused patients with the defective leads to contact their doctors and in many cases their lawyers.
It is estimated that thousands of the Sprint Fidelis leads used in implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds) will fracture and require removal of the heart leads and replacement. Fidelis lead extraction and replacement procedures expose defibrillator patients to risks.
The defibrillator lead extraction and replacement surgery can be especially risky for patients who are defibrillator dependant and often have other health issues. These patients are at great risk of death, regardless of the choice they make as to whether or not to have the Medtronic defibrillator lead replacement surgery.
Attorney Steven Johnson, who represents Medtronic Sprint Fidelis patients who have had cardiac lead removal and lead replacement surgery and patients facing the surgery, says that it is only prudent for patients facing Medtronic sprint Fidelis lead extraction and replacement surgery to contact a lawyer prior to the surgery.
“In medical device cases the device itself is often a critical piece of evidence and the case can be severely compromised if the device is not preserved or if the surgeon does not record the condition of the device in the patient’s chart. A lawyer representing a patient at the time of the replacement surgery can take steps to try to preserve the evidence that may be vital to the case. Therefore it is prudent for patients who are having the lead replacement surgery due to the Medtronic lead recall to contact a lawyer prior to the lead replacement surgery so that the lawyer can take steps to preserve the evidence that may be critical to a lawsuit,” according to the attorney.
The Johnson Law Firm has established a Nationwide Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Lead Replacement Nationwide Claims Filing Department. Patients can find out about the legal claims they may have against Medtronic at http://www.lawyersforclients.com/medtronic-defibrillator-leads or by calling toll free 1-866-374-0338. The Johnson Law Firm is a national law firm at the forefront of defective medical device litigation.