Defective Product Suit Brought Against Medtronic Defibrillator

Posted on Apr 22, 2008

A lawsuit has been filed by Illinois native Donald Shewmake against Medtronic, Inc. claiming that a defective and dangerous defibrillator caused him personal injuries and economic damages. He claims to have a heart condition that requires him to use an implantable defibrillator.

Shewmake says that he was implanted with a Medtronic defibrillator which has a “Sprint Fidelis” lead for the purpose of aiding his heart to maintain an appropriate cardiac rhythm and prevent sudden cardiac arrest. However, the complaint alleges that on or about April 28, 2006, Shewmake was given a series of shocks by the defective lead, culminating in his suffering a myocardial infarction.


According to Shewmake, during his April 2006 hospital stay, the broken lead was removed and replaced and a year later, in July of 2007, because of damage from the previously broken lead the battery had to be prematurely replaced.

Shewmake alleges that because of the defective lead, he suffered permanent and continuing damage. He also alleges a breach of duty on the part of Medtronic for failing to make a reasonably safe defibrillator and lead. He seeks damages in excess of $100,000 in addition to costs of suit.

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