Medtronic Pacemaker Settlement Resolve Lawsuit Over Faulty Heart Implant

While no details of the Medtronic pacemaker settlement have been released, the agreement comes only a few months after a judge rejected an attempt by the heart implant manufacturer to dismiss the lawsuit

Medtronic has settled a pacemaker lawsuit brought by a South Carolina man, who alleged that a faulty heart implant left him with permanent injuries, after a manufacturing defect caused it to fail and need to be replaced.

The original complaint (PDF) was filed late last year by Emery Feeser, who received an Azure S DR MRI SureScan pacemaker manufactured by Medtronic in July 2018. However, the lawsuit claims that the pacemaker failed due to the lack of a protective coating, which was supposed to keep his body from rejecting it.

Medtronic attempted to have the lawsuit dismissed, by arguing that Feeser’s claims were preempted by federal law. However, a federal judge rejected that motion in February, indicating that the lack of a protective coating, which was specified in the FDA approval of the device, meant Medtronic could not use prior approval of the product as a preemption defense.

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Following the ruling, a Medtronic pacemaker settlement was reached between the parties, according to an order of dismissal (PDF) issued on August 5. However, Medtronic has not released any details about the terms of the settlement.

Medtronic has been plagued by pacemaker problems in recent years, including a number of device recalls issued due to battery issues, defective lead wires and other complications from faulty heart implants.

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  • JocelynNovember 21, 2023 at 4:31 am

    I had a icd shock me 24 times I was opened up due to my Lvad malfunctioned and was getting blood transfusion it started the 2nd day after receiving my new lvad 24 times it shocked me and they came some quickly each time woke me back to my right state of mind I held the bars of the bed and begged the nurse to let me die it hurt so bad. They physically had to hold me down and remove it as there mach[Show More]I had a icd shock me 24 times I was opened up due to my Lvad malfunctioned and was getting blood transfusion it started the 2nd day after receiving my new lvad 24 times it shocked me and they came some quickly each time woke me back to my right state of mind I held the bars of the bed and begged the nurse to let me die it hurt so bad. They physically had to hold me down and remove it as there machine couldn't shut it off. I told them months before that something was wrong as it was beeping at me feom time to time each day. They said it was fine. I was lucky I was in the hospital as it was so quick I wouldn't have been able to call for help and there was nothing they would have been able to do. It was placed in 2018 and removed in 2022 I refused a new one as the pain from the icd hurt worse then my open heart surgery. Thank u all for reading as my story hasn't been told till now.

  • LeslieApril 28, 2023 at 6:56 am

    I got my 1st medtronic defibrillator had nothing but problems with it only lasted a few years said it was faulty but wouldn't explain why ĺ am on 46 years old and have had 3 placements already and nothing but pain and alarms going off unexplainable dr can never tell me why I experience pain and they don't know why

  • AntoinetteApril 1, 2023 at 3:41 pm

    My father died on March 26, 2023 with a pacemaker implanted in him for his heart. He experinced terrible heart pain and tried driving his self to the hospital, but died before he made it. No autopsy was done, and the pacemaker device destroyed. Not sure if destroyed by hospital or funeral home. He was embalmed within 2 hours of the funeral home receiving. Now, we don't know what went wrong[Show More]My father died on March 26, 2023 with a pacemaker implanted in him for his heart. He experinced terrible heart pain and tried driving his self to the hospital, but died before he made it. No autopsy was done, and the pacemaker device destroyed. Not sure if destroyed by hospital or funeral home. He was embalmed within 2 hours of the funeral home receiving. Now, we don't know what went wrong or the brand/name of the pacemaker.

  • JohnFebruary 21, 2023 at 10:16 pm

    I had a Pacemaker fitted in October 2022. Since then I continue to get chest pains on my left hand side. I'm averaging about 20 per day. I put a listing on here some two months ago... outlining what had happened. Don't know why but it's no longer here?? I'm from Huddersfield in England. Nobody seems to be listening, the last Cardiologist suggested it might be anxiety! I know my own body and I know[Show More]I had a Pacemaker fitted in October 2022. Since then I continue to get chest pains on my left hand side. I'm averaging about 20 per day. I put a listing on here some two months ago... outlining what had happened. Don't know why but it's no longer here?? I'm from Huddersfield in England. Nobody seems to be listening, the last Cardiologist suggested it might be anxiety! I know my own body and I know what pains I am getting. There are so few of us in the world fitted with Pacemakers that we are a minority and nobody is listening. Sites like this should unite us to make people aware of what we are left to endure. If you have lost a loved one please upload onto this site. Regards John

  • BarbDecember 4, 2022 at 8:13 am

    I had the pacemaker put in June 30, 2022. Now I am in my 14 month wit so much pain on my left side I have talked to 5 doctors at the Cleve clinic Vero beach fl without a resolution. Please help. Barb jeffreys

  • KathrynSeptember 13, 2022 at 9:38 am

    My husband died from a faulty Medtronic ICD a few days ago. Whom do I contact to sue the company?

  • kathrynSeptember 12, 2022 at 11:21 am

    My husband died August 31, 2022 due to med Tronics defective ICD. I received a letter in the mail the day after he passed away that the device needed to be upgraded.. I need to SUE!!!

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