In 2005, doctors raised concern that heart devices designed and manufactured by Guidant were defective and their had caused death. Guidant issued a recall of several of its devices. The Food and Drug Administration began investigating the company.
While several models of Guidant devices were recalled, three devices have been the focus of the investigation and lawsuits: the Contak Renewal TR/TR2 cardiac resynchronization pacemaker and the Ventak Prizm 2, Vitality, and Vitality 2 implantable cardioverter defibrillators.
If you or a loved one has a heart device, consult your physician immediately to confirm that your device has not been recalled or if you believe you have been harmed by the device or are in danger of being harmed. Guidant lawyers are offering free consultations to patients who have been injured by heart devices or who may be suffering side-effects from a heart device.
A Guidant attorney can evaluate your potential claim. The recalled heart devices are prone to failure, resulting in a rapid heart rate. Other unexpected device behaviors are also possible. The problems may occur without warning. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Guidant and many have been successful in obtaining compensation for the plaintiffs.
Your attorney can advise you about recalls of the devices and assist you with determining whether your device is subject to recall. Also, your attorney can arrange to have you examined by competent medical professionals. If the circumstances of your case support a claim, the attorney can file suit on your behalf, which may result in your being awarded money damages and other compensation.
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