What is the defibrillator recall?
In 2005, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had received reports about new patient deaths caused by a fatal complication linked to short circuiting in defibrillator and pacemaker heart devices manufactured by Guidant Corporation. Deaths attributed to the device now number 7. In June 2005, Guidant recalled its cardiac defibrillators due to potentially fatal malfunctions of the devices. In 2006, the first lawsuit against Guidant went ahead in Minneapolis, accusing the company of fraud and deceptive trade practices. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff died of sudden cardiac arrest more than a month after Guidant recalled its Ventak Prizm 2 DR Model 1861 defibrillator. Guidant faces 211 related claims and estimates that as many as 1,700 more may be filed. If you used the Guidant defibrillator and experienced an injury as a result, you should contact a local attorney to file claims for damages.