New York Medical Device Product Liability Lawyers
A class I recall was issued in April, 2015, for all HeartWare Ventricular Assist Systems (VAS) currently in use. As a litigation firm with extensive experience in suing medical device companies and obtaining large verdicts and settlements we feel its important to bring you this information. The HeartWare VAS helps deliver blood from the heart to the rest of the body. It is commonly used in patients suffering from left ventricular heart failure who are awaiting a heart transplant.
HeartWare is a global medical device company, which has been distributing the VAS since November 2012, when it received FDA approval to provide circulatory support for patients with advanced stage heart failure until a donor heart becomes available.
It is imperative that manufacturers of implants track adverse events to ensure implants function as designed. Our firm is investigating claims of HeartWare Ventricular Assist Systems implant failure. We have litigated many medical device product liability cases in the past and our New York personal injury attorneys have a long track record of achieving successful results.
Call (888) 260-0473 if you believe you have been harmed by the Heartware Ventricular Assist System.
Class I Recall - Device Wear may Cause Pump to Stop
The HeartWare VAS consists of a pump implanted in the pericardial space (space around the heart) and a controller that controls the speed and function of the pump. The recall was due to wearing down of the alignment guide in the power supply connector ports over time. deterioration of the alignment guide may lead to connectivity issues and eventually prevent patients from connecting the controller to the VAS. If the implanted pump stops due to these issues it could cause serious injury or death.
Due to the shortage of donor hearts, ventricular assist devices are needed to provide circulatory support until one becomes available. Thirty three reports of malfunction and one serious injury have been related to this issue so far. 1,763 devices have been recalled in the US.
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Anyone injured by these medical devices may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturers. Despite the company admitting to problems with the device via the recall, obtaining a fair settlement can be difficult without proper representation. Seek counsel from one of Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP's highly skilled New York defective medical device lawyers.