A pacemaker or ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) can save a patient’s life. A person with an irregular or abnormal heartbeat may be at risk of fainting or experiencing chest discomfort or shortness of breath, or may even be at risk of death if an episode continues for too long untreated. A pacemaker can regulate an abnormal heartbeat, using electrical pulses to urge the heart to beat at a normal rate.
An ICD works by detecting ventricular tachycardia (rapid heartbeat) or fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) and delivering electric pulses or an electric shock to restore normal rhythm. Unfortunately, a pacemaker or ICD may be malfunction or be defective, causing serious injury or even death. At Pacific Attorney Group, our experienced lawyers assist clients throughout the greater Los Angeles area with claims and lawsuits involving all types of pacemakers and ICDs. Your initial consultation with a lawyer is free.
If a defective ICD or pacemaker led to your or a loved one’s injuries, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit. These cases are filed on the grounds that a manufacturer, designer or distributor created or sold a product that had a manufacturing or design defect that resulted in injury to a person using the product.
Manufacturers throughout the U.S. have a legal obligation to produce consumer products that are safe to use. If dangers exist, the manufacturer must include a warning label and/or proper instructions to help consumers avoid injury. Defective products affect thousands of consumers every day, and in the realm of medical devices such as pacemakers, the results may be catastrophic.
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