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Medtronic Pipeline Flex Embolization Device Lawsuits

Medtronic Pipeline Flex Embolization Device Lawsuits

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled Medtronic’s Pipeline Flex embolization device aneurysm treatment products because the delivery system can fracture while the device is being placed inside the patient. Nadrich & Cohen, LLP has been representing defective medical device clients since 1990. Call us today at 800-718-4658 for a free consultation if you or a loved one was injured or killed by a Medtronic Pipeline Flex Embolization Device implantation procedure.

Aneurysm Treatment Delivery System Fracture

The Pipeline Flex embolization device is used to treat brain aneurysms which balloon or bulge out of the sides of the blood vessel. The device’s delivery system may fracture while the device is being placed inside the patient, according to the FDA.

Fractured delivery system pieces can be left inside the brain bloodstream of patients. This can worsen the patient’s condition, as can attempts to remove the fractured pieces. These fractured pieces can cause stroke, continued blockage of blood vessels or death.

Defective Medical Device Law

In California, those who manufacture, design or sell defective medical products are strictly liable for injuries the products cause, even when no negligence is involved. Strict liability can be imposed in California for the following product defect types:

• Manufacturing defects

• Design defects

• Inadequate warnings

Manufacturing Defects

Manufacturing defects are defects in the manufacturing process which cause medical products to differ from the intended result of the manufacturer. Products on the market implicitly represent that they will safely perform their intended function. The manufacturers of these products are strictly liable for injuries these products cause due to defects. Plaintiffs in manufacturing defect cases involving these products must prove the following:

• The defendant sold, distributed or manufactured a product;

• The product had a manufacturing defect when the defendant relinquished possession of it;

• The plaintiff suffered an injury;

• The product defect played a substantial role in causing the plaintiff’s injury.

The Pipeline Flex embolization device may have been manufactured defectively.

The California statute of limitations for manufacturing defects is two years from the date when the plaintiff knows or should have known of their injury and the cause of the injury.

Design Defects

Products with design defects are dangerous by design when manufactured as intended without a defect in the manufacturing process. Manufacturers of products with design defects are strictly liable for injuries these products cause under California law, regardless of negligence. Products are defective in design if:

• The product fails to safely perform as ordinary consumers expect when used reasonably or as intended;

• The risk of danger from a design outweighs the design benefits.

To prove liability in the first case, plaintiffs must prove:

• The defendant sold, distributed or manufactured a product;

• The product didn’t perform as safely as its user would expect it to when used reasonably or as intended;

• The plaintiff suffered an injury;

• The product not performing safely played a substantial role in causing the plaintiff’s injury.

To prove liability in the second case, plaintiffs must only prove that the defendant designed the product and the plaintiff’s injury was caused by the product. The defendant must then prove that the design benefits outweighed the risk of danger from the design.

The Pipeline Flex embolization device may be defective by design.

The California statute of limitations for design defects is two years from the date when the plaintiff knows or should have known of their injury and the cause of the injury.

Inadequate Warnings

Product manufacturers are strictly liable for injuries their products cause in California if they knew or should have known of risks inherent in their products and failed to adequately warn consumers of the risks.

Our law firms are investigating whether there is evidence Medtronic knew or should have known how fracture-prone these devices were during surgery and failed to warn the public about it.

The California statute of limitations for inadequate warnings is two years from the date when the plaintiff knows or should have known of their injury and the cause of the injury.

Medtronic Pipeline Flex Embolization Device Lawyers

The aggressive, battle-tested lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen have been specializing in defective medical device claims for three decades. We work on a contingency fee basis, so we only charge you a portion of your recovery if and only if we obtain a recovery for you. Call us today at 800-718-4658 if you or a loved one was killed or injured by a Medtronic Pipeline Flex embolization device implantation procedure. You can also email us at info@personalinjurylawcal.com, fill out the “Do I Have A Claim?” form on the right or chat with one of our live chat specialists.