Cardiac Instruments including Pacemakers
Technological advancements in the field of cardiac medical devices have been extensive. Hundreds of thousands of people have benefited from these devices and as a result have enjoyed increased longevity and quality of life. Unfortunately, some cardiac devices have proven to be defective and ultimately dangerous for consumers.
At the San Jose medical malpractice law firm of Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P., we are experienced in handling civil cases involving defective medical instruments including those used in the heart. Our attorneys offer strong advocacy for clients injured by defective medical devices, and we aggressively pursue maximum compensation.Defective Cardiac Devices
While many cardiac devices can be life-saving, others can cause serious injuries and fatalities. Some that have been shown to be potentially dangerous include:
- Implantable pacemakers and defibrillators – Pacemakers are used to help control the heart’s rhythm when it cannot do so on its own due to a severe trauma such as a heart attack. Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are designed to treat patients at risk for ventricular fibrillation, which suddenly stops the heart. Both of these devices are surgically implanted. When they function properly they can save a person’s life. When they are defective the patient is at risk of sudden death and/or may experience "false alarms" in the form of painful electrical shocks.
- Cardiac stents – These devices are used to keep blood vessels open so blood can circulate safely. A defective stent can cause a blood clot, which in turn can trigger a serious medical event including a heart attack, pulmonary embolism, or stroke.
The manufacturer of any medical device is responsible for making sure that it is working properly in order to protect the consumer from dangerous consequences. When an unsafe product is used and a patient is injured, the manufacturer is at fault. Our attorneys fight for our clients' right to compensation for injuries and deaths caused by defective cardiac instruments and other defective medical devices.
If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one has died and you believe a defective cardiac device is to blame, contact us at (408) 289-1417 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. With the help of experienced medical experts, our attorneys will carefully evaluate your case and assess its potential for success. We are located in San Jose, California, and we work with clients throughout Santa Clara County and Monterey County.