Medical science is advancing at a rapid pace over the last two decades, especially so in the development of major medical devices like heart implant devices. New and improved medical devices designed to prolong and improve the quality of life for heart defect patients has revolutionized medical cardiac management throughout the country. The increased number of heart surgeries utilizing heart implant devices has also led to an increase in related device failures. Many of these flawed or defective heart devices have been recalled, but not before causing heart attacks, related catastrophic injuries, or wrongful death. If you have been injured or someone you know has died as a result of a defective heart implant device, you need experienced legal representation.
Newland & Newland, LLP has years of experience in successful ligation in a wide range of personal injury cases involving defective heart devices. We know how to solve complex legal issues in individual claims and high profile mass tort and class action cases. We have gone up against individual physicians, hospitals, and heart device manufacturers and distributors for clients who have suffered serious injury by various defective heart devices in the Chicagoland area and throughout Illinois.
Common Heart Devices
The intricacies of heart function and anatomy make surgical intervention and the use of assistive devices for monitoring and repair of heart malfunction very critical. There are a growing number of cardiac devices designed to improve the performance of the heart and help their recipients continue to live productive lives, including:
- Drug-eluting heart stents (DES)
- Heart pacemakers
- Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD)
- Artificial heart valves
- Artificial hearts
The Right to Notice
Heart devices go through the necessary testing to ensure that it will work as designed before they are released to the public. Manufacturers get approval from the FDA to distribute their devices and they make certain assurances that the devices will perform as promised. They have the responsibility to inform the public and end-users of any known cautions, shortcomings, potential problems, or complications for using these devices; to give notice to doctors and to the public so users have a full understanding of the risks compared to benefits of using the device. When they do not provide this information, manufacturers can be held accountable for resulting injuries or wrongful death and they must compensate victims of their negligence.
The best advantage in the fight for your rights is representation by a knowledgeable, experienced, committed law firm. Newland & Newland, LLP has recovered millions in damages for our clients suffering from the use of defective heart device injuries throughout Illinois. There are specific timelines for filing your heart device personal injury claim. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation at one of our six Chicago area offices. We represent clients in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Will, and McHenry Counties and throughout Illinois.