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Abiomed Impella Heart Pump Injury Lawyers

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Do You Need an Impella Heart Pump Injury Lawyer?

You may be entitled to significant compensation if you or a loved one were injured due to an Abiomed Impella Heart Pump failure.

Lawsuits have been filed against Abiomed, manufacturer of Impella Heart Pump devices. Claims allege that the medical device is defective and has caused serious injuries and even deaths. Americas Top 100

Abiomed confirms at least 30 complaints, 26 injuries, and four deaths related to the heart pump issues. The company has recalled the Impella Heart Pump as it may be subject to breaking, which could lead to total pump stoppage as well as reduced blood flow.

Medical devices such as heart pumps should meet safety standards and regulations. Any defects or dangers can lead to serious injuries. If you or a loved one were injured due to an Abiomed Impella Heart Pump or other similar product, you may need to pursue legal action for compensation.

At Vaage Law, we have extensive experience representing those who have been injured by dangerous products. We are committed to holding manufacturers and companies responsible for any injuries their medical devices have caused to people.

Contact us at (619) 338-0505 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We are on hand to guide you through the legal process from beginning to end.

What Are the Main Impella Heart Pump Risks?

The main risk associated with Impella Heart Pump products is that the motor’s impeller blades may be damaged or destroyed, leading to reduced blood flow or complete pump stoppage. This damage can happen if the pump’s motor housing comes into contact with stents of a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

The reduced blood flow can be potentially life threatening to those who require certain levels of blood flow support. In addition, there is a potential risk that the broken blade pieces from the impeller could enter into the person’s bloodstream when they come loose.

Other complications that patients are filing defective medical products lawsuits for include:

  • Reduction in blood pressure
  • Brain damage resulting from lack of blood flow
  • Heart pump failure
  • Heart failure
  • Purge fluid leakage due to a damaged sidearm

Instances of Impella Heart Pump perforation have also been reported, where the pump catheter perforates or cuts the wall of the left ventricle in the heart.

In some cases, patients required open-heart surgery to remove the Impella device or to retrieve fractured pieces that broke off. Several claims have already been filed on behalf of those who died due to Impella device failures.

What Types of Compensation Can an Impella Heart Pump Injury Attorney Help With?

An attorney may be able to help victims of an Impella Heart Pump injury obtain compensation for their losses. Financial assistance from a lawsuit can help cover various costs, including:

  • Medical expenses: Compensation can cover hospital bills, costs of surgeries, medications, therapy, and other medical costs.
  • Loss of income: Heart pump patients may need to miss work while they recover from their injuries. A lawsuit can help reimburse for these losses. A settlement or financial award may also cover future loss of income.
  • Pain and suffering: Injured patients may experience excruciating pain associated with the Impella products. Corrective surgery to remove the device can also be an ordeal, but a lawsuit can help provide reimbursement for these experiences.
  • Emotional distress: Compensation may also cover any anxiety, trauma, and emotional distress caused by an Impella Heart Pump injury.
  • Wrongful death costs: Impella Heart Pump issues have already claimed the lives of some patients. Families that have experienced a loss of life may be eligible for wrongful death compensation, which can cover funeral expenses, loss of household income, and other financial hardships.

The challenges caused by an Impella Heart Pump injury can be long-term and significant. If you or a loved one of yours has been affected by an Impella product, it is essential to seek out the services of a qualified product liability attorney.

Compensation is difficult to calculate and will vary from case to case, but a lawyer can determine what you are rightfully owed under the law.

How to File an Impella Heart Pump Lawsuit

The following are a few steps to begin the legal process:

  • Contact an experienced medical device lawyer for advice and guidance
  • Gather any documentation, records, or other vital information about your injuries
  • Your attorney will review your case and will advise you on how to proceed

Working with an attorney is a vital part of pursuing a lawsuit. Your attorney will be able to guide you through the process and answer any questions you have. If you are unable to gather every item or document, don’t worry — it is our job as attorneys to ensure all evidence is prepared. Contact Vaage Law if you need representation for your case.

Who Can File a Lawsuit for an Impella Heart Pump Injury?

Those who suffered an injury or loss of life as a result of a defective Abiomed Impella Heart Pump may be qualified to file a lawsuit. A qualified attorney can help review the specifics of each case to determine filing eligibility.

In order to file a lawsuit, it may be necessary to show that the patient:

  • Had a valve replacement surgery, during which a doctor can confirm that the pump failed or became damaged
  • Suffered brain injury or damage due to a lack of blood flow, or other similar injury, or the patient lost their life
  • Was operated on during a heart or attack or during cardiogenic shock, and a blood pump was used during the procedure

If you have questions about whether you qualify for a lawsuit, or whether your heart pump was one of the affected Impella models, contact an attorney who can inform you about your legal rights.

Impella Heart Pump Recall Status and Timeline

In July 2023, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class I recall for Impella Left Sided Blood Pumps, stating that the devices could cause severe injury or death. This is the most serious type of product recall. The recall affects 66,000 devices distributed between October 2021 and October 2023.

Recalled Impella products include:

  • Impella 5.0 Blood Pump, Product Number 005062
  • Impella CP Blood Pump, Product Number 0048-0032
  • Impella 2.5 Blood Pump, Product Number 005042
  • Impella CP with SmartAssist Blood Pump, Product Numbers 0048-0024, 0048-0045, 1000080
  • Impella LD Blood Pump, Product Number 005082
  • Impella 5.5 with SmartAssist Blood Pump, Product Numbers 0550-0008 And 1000100

If you have questions about any Impella products, consult with a lawyer who can confirm whether your model was affected by a recall.

Key points in the Impella Heart Pump recall and litigation timeline include:

  • June 2023: Abiomed issued a recall for various Impella blood pump devices
  • July 2023: The FDA issued a Class I recall for various Impella blood pump products
  • September 2023: Initial complaints from injured patients or those who lost loved ones began appearing
  • October 2023: The FDA sent Abiomed a warning letter, stating that their responses to FDA inspections of its facilities were inadequate. The FDA also found that the company had been marketing its Impella Connect system without the proper premarket approvals.
  • December 2023: Investigations and lawsuits regarding the matter continued
  • Present time: Lawyers continue to accept cases involving Impella products

Note that the list of recalled products may be subject to change as more information surfaces regarding these matters. Injured persons are advised to seek medical attention, as well as the representation of a lawyer for their claim.

Hire an Impella Heart Pump Injury Attorney

The injury and loss of life risks caused by Impella pump products is simply unacceptable. Those who have been affected deserve the highest justice for what they and their families have been through. Compensation from a lawsuit can help patients and their families get back on their feet again and return to a better quality of life.

Why Hire Vaage Law

At Vaage Law, we have a proven track record of delivering successful case results on behalf of those injured by dangerous medical devices. We are thoroughly familiar with the types of legal issues involved in Impella pump injury cases. We have decades of experience litigating cases against product manufacturers and holding them responsible for their negligence.

If you need legal representation or advice for an Impella Heart Pump claim, contact us online or by calling (619) 338-0505. We can schedule a free consultation to discuss your options moving forward.

Abiomed Impella Heart Pump Lawsuit FAQs

How can a lawyer help with an Impella heart pump failure claim?

The legal process surrounding Impella heart pump cases can be complex, but a lawyer can help by:

  • Identifying whether your Impella pump was indicated in the recall
  • Determining which party or parties might be liable for your injuries and losses
  • Gathering important documents, records, and files to support your case
  • Filing your lawsuit through the appropriate legal channels
  • Arguing for the maximum amount of compensation you are owed under the law

Without a lawyer, it may be difficult to pursue your case; however, with a lawyer on your side, you can rest assured that your rights are protected. At Vaage Law, we have extensive experience representing those injured by defective medical devices.

What is the “failure to warn” issue in Impella lawsuits?

Impella blood pump lawsuits claim that the manufacturer of the products failed to warn doctors of potential malfunction and fracture issues. Specifically, the suits claim:

  • The Instructions for Use (IFU) for the pumps do not provide adequate precautions regarding patients who have undergone transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • The IFU does not properly guide clinicians on managing Impella use in patients with TAVR
  • The IFU fails to address potential Impella interactions with TAVR

Determining liability for issues such as failure to warn is a complex matter. For instance, medical malpractice issues may also arise if a doctor was negligent regarding Impella matters.

It is in your best interests to hire an experienced lawyer if you believe a failure to warn has affected your personal health and safety.

How do I know whether an Impella Heart Pump is defective?

Some signs that might indicate that an Impella pump is defective include:

  • Low blood flow: Failure may be indicated if an Impella pump does not deliver the anticipated blood flow
  • Reduced motor current output: Decreases in the device’s motor current could signal issues with the product
  • Reduction in blood pressure: Sudden drops in the patient’s blood pressure may be a sign of Impella malfunction

If you or your physician notice any of these signs or symptoms, seek additional medical attention immediately. Contact a lawyer for help understanding your legal rights and options.

When should I contact an Impella heart pump injury lawyer?

You should contact an injury lawyer as soon as you suspect that you were affected by an Impella heart product. An attorney can assist you in gathering the necessary information for your case. They can also speak on your behalf when negotiating with other parties and persons.

Filing deadlines may apply to your injury case, so it’s important to reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible. In doing so, you minimize the chances of missing any important filing deadlines or requirements.




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