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St Jude Riata Lead Recall

Many Kentucky Residents have received the St. Jude Riata Lead so that they have more regular heart beats and avoid potentially life-threatening medical problems in the future. The equipment that many nursing home patients may rely on for life-saving care can often be faulty and lead to additional problems such as the need for more surgery, severe injuries and even may lead to death. If you have a loved one in a nursing home that has been injured or died due to the problems with the St. Jude Riata lead, then it is recommended that you talk to a Kentucky nursing home and defective product lawyer as soon as possible. They will see to it that you get the compensation that is rightfully yours.

Based on information that was published in newspapers and on the internet, medical professionals began seeing dangerous side effects relating to the St. Jude Riata leads beginning in 2006 to 2009. Many doctors notified St. Jude Riata that their patients were experiencing adverse side effects with the Defibrillator leads. These devices are primarily used to help correct abnormal heart beats by sending jolts of electrodes to the heart. They can also be used to restart the heart if needed when it may have stopped because of an abnormal heart beat. These devices were revealed to have wires that connected the heart and the defibrillator that were faulty and breaking.

How do I know if my St. Jude Riata lead Defibrillator is not working properly?

If a patient’s device is not functioning as it should, some of the symptoms or problems they may experience include but are not limited to:

  • Extreme pain where the device is implanted
  • Swelling or bleeding
  • Unnecessary shocks or shocks that are too frequent
  • If the device does not produce enough shocks
  • Suffering a heart attack
  • Death
How long has the St. Jude Riata Lead had problems?

When the St. Jude Riata company was first notified about potential problems, they just that they were a few incidents and failed to do anything. After they had sold thousands of these devices, beginning in 2010, the St. Jude Riata company warned medical professionals of the possibility of dangerous side effects such as the wires becoming uncovered inside the body. The company recalled the devices following this warning. By the time the Food and Drug Administration knew about the dangerous side effects, they found out that the company had known about the problem for two years before they did anything about it.

If you or a loved one has experienced dangerous side effects or died after receiving a St. Jude Riata lead device, you should first contact your doctor to see what your options are and if additional surgery will be required. Then, we advise that you contact one of our experienced Kentucky nursing home and defective product attorneys at the Higgins Firm. We will review your case and determine if further legal action needs to be taken and if you may be entitled to compensation.

Contact us online or call us at 800.705.2121 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options