11 September 2015
Faulty Pacemakers Causing Sudden Death
University of San Francisco research found ‘device concerns’ in half of the sudden death cases they looked into.
The study that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that worryingly, one of the leading causes of mortality for heart patients with pacemakers in developed countries could be problems with pacemakers.
There are around 250,000 people in the UK who have had a pacemaker or Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) fitted in order to prevent them dying from sudden heart attacks. A pacemaker is a small device that uses low-energy electrical pulses to control abnormal heart beats. After being placed inside a patient’s abdomen or chest a pacemaker will then prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate.
It is highly concerning that the devices implanted in order to prevent sudden deaths could be causing them. Deaths can be caused by the wrong type of implants being fitted, incorrect programming and the batteries running out.
Each year in the UK we see around 14,000 patients die after they have been fitted with a cardiac implantable electronic device such as a pacemaker or an ICD. Deaths and adverse incidents caused by pacemakers and ICDs are, thankfully, less common. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulation Agency reported 2,400 incidents over a five year period between 2010 and 2014.
If your loved one has passed away due to a faulty pacemaker or ICD, you might be left with a big financial burden. Making a fatal accident claim for compensation can help ease urgent matters such as finances and childcare. If other people have suffered from a similar fault in a cardiac implantable electronic device, together, you could have a strong case for group litigation.
By joining together with other claimants you can make your case stronger, share evidence and split the legal costs.
Slater and Gordon’s Principal Serious Injury Lawyer Michael Hardacre said, “The Consumer Protection Act protects the public by prohibiting the manufacture and supply of any dangerous product, such as a faulty pacemaker and makes the manufacturer or seller responsible for damage it causes”
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