Abiomed Impella Heart Pump Attorneys

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Abiomed Impella Heart Pump Attorneys 

The Abiomed Impella Heart Pump has been linked to severe and potentially fatal injuries. You may qualify for compensation if a failing heart pump device injured you.

The Abiodmed Impella Heart Pump has come under scrutiny due to several reports of serious injuries and deaths associated with the implant. Individuals suffering from heart problems rely on this device to deliver vital blood and oxygen to the body. However, the FDA has warned the public about dire complications with the pump that could endanger the lives of patients. 

Lawsuits allege the device may unexpectedly stop pumping blood or puncture the heart walls. You or a loved one may be eligible to file an Abiomed Impella Heart Pump lawsuit if you suffered injury or death because of a defective heart pump. 

Medical devices, especially those that support vital organs such as the heart, should be reliable and operate flawlessly. At Osborne & Francis, we have the resources and experience to fight for individuals harmed by defective medical devices. Contact us online or call (561) 293-2600 to discuss your legal options during a free consultation.

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So you've been in a car accident. What happens next? There are many things that you should do but here are the three most important:

Number One: See a doctor immediately. 

A broken bone is easy to see, but some injuries are not. The most common injuries from car accidents happen in the neck, back, or head. The only way to diagnose and treat them is by seeing a doctor. A doctor can help ease the pain, provide medication, reassure you of how your injury may impact your daily life, and tell you what not to do to make it worse.

A visit to the doctor can also give you legally protected time off to recover and rest your body after an accident, and it documents and provides the evidence you may need for your case. Even a five-mile-per-hour car accident can cause a serious injury. So whether you've had a severe accident or a minor collision, see a doctor. And if you don't have medical insurance, let us know and we'll make sure that you receive the proper care. 

Number Two: Write everything down.

Even if it seems small, during times of stress or injury it is common to forget the little details. Make sure you keep note of the pain that you're in. With neck, back, and head injuries, sometimes simple activities such as walking up the stairs or picking up a toddler may cause severe pain. 

You may not be sleeping well at night. Documenting how much you sleep and how often you wake up due to pain is also very important. And lastly, if you have any cuts or bruises, take daily photos as you heal. This will provide visual evidence of the injuries that you've suffered. 

Number Three: Do not speak to an insurance company until you've spoken to a lawyer.

Please understand that the insurance adjuster works for a billion-dollar corporation and not for you. Their interests are solely for their insurance company, and their goal is to provide you with the least amount of financial settlement as quickly as possible. When you do speak with them, remember they will record the conversation. Why do they do this? Because they've been trained to ask questions that may confuse you. So talk to us before you talk to them. 

So remember: See a doctor, document everything, and call us before calling the insurance company for your free private consultation. We are here for you. Real tough lawyers fighting real tough issues.

What Is the Abiomed Impella Heart Pump?

Abiomed, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, introduced the Impella Heart Pump in 2008. Advertised as the world’s smallest heart pump, it allows the heart to rest and recover as it takes over the pumping function to deliver blood and oxygen to the rest of the body. 

The device is typically used during high-risk catheter operations called percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). Someone may also receive the Abiomed Impella Heart Pump when:

  • There is an ongoing cardiogenic shock that occurs less than 48 hours after a severe heart attack. 
  • The heart is not functioning properly due to cardiomyopathy. 
  • The patient receives open-heart surgery. 

The pump is designed to reduce the work done by the ventricles so the heart can recover.  

Understanding Impella Heart Pump Risks

The recall and subsequent lawsuits have identified several factors that account for the Impella Heart Pump failure. One of the primary malfunctions linked to the Abiomed Impella Heart Pump is the risk of perforation.  

During operations, the pump catheter may cut the wall of the heart’s left ventricle. An Impella Heart Pump perforation could result in the patient suffering free wall rupture, hypertension, lack of blood flow, or death. 

Another major issue with the pump is damage to the device’s blades or motor during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). The motor’s spinning blades could be destroyed if the pump’s motor housing touches the stent of a TAVR. If the pump’s blades are not properly functioning, this can reduce blood flow, or the device may stop pumping altogether.

Moreover, the broken blade pieces may enter the patient’s bloodstream, requiring immediate surgical intervention. 

An Abiomed Impella Heart Pump perforation or other complication may lead to heart failure, brain damage, or death. 

About the Impella Heart Pump Recall

On June 14, 2023, Abiomed recalled all Impella Left Sided Blood Pumps over the risk of motor damage after contact with the TAVR stent. The recall impacted 7,895 devices in the U.S. 

Then, the company launched another recall on December 27, 2023. However, this recall did not apply to the devices but instead to their instructions. Abiomed sent an Urgent Medical Device Correction letter to affected customers, which included new and revised warnings: 

  • Carefully situate the pump during operations. 
  • Use advanced imaging when moving the pump.
  • Exercise special care when inserting the pump. 

The instruction recall affected 66,390 devices distributed between October 2021 and October 2023. The recalls affected the following Impella Heart Pump products: 

  • Impella 2.5 Blood Pump
  • Impella 5.0 Blood Pump
  • Impella 5.5 with Smart Assist Blood Pump
  • Impella CP Blood Pump
  • Impella CP with SmartAssist Blood Pump
  • Impella LD Blood Pump

Unfortunately, there have been 129 reported serious injuries, including 49 reported deaths. 

The FDA labeled both events as Class I recalls, their most serious type of recall. The agency reserves this classification for devices that can cause serious injury or death. 

We recognize how frightening and frustrating it is for patients to receive a defective medical device. Determining whether your implant was part of a recall can be confusing. 

The team of Impella Heart Pump injury lawyers at Osborne & Francis can identify if you qualify for legal action. We encourage you to reach out online or call (561) 293-2600 if you have any questions about your potential claim.

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What Type of Compensation Is Available if My Impella Heart Pump Is Defective? 

It is important to remember that every case is different. Although the type and amount of compensation available to individuals who suffered an Impella Heart Pump injury may vary from case to case, you may be able to recover: 

  • Past and Future Medical Expenses: A lawsuit can reimburse patients for open heart surgery, hospital stays, doctor's appointments, medication, hospital bills, therapy, and more. 
  • Lost Wages or Loss of Future Earning Capacity: Compensation may cover wages lost while the patient is recovering or apply to future income if they are too ill to work. 
  • Pain and Suffering: The physical pain and mental anguish that accompany a defective heart pump can be excruciating. A claim can help patients collect compensation for the emotional distress and bodily harm they have endured. 
  • Wrongful Death Costs: The Abiomed Impella Heart Pump has already cost dozens of patients their lives. If your family is grieving the loss of a loved one from this device, then wrongful death compensation can go toward funeral expenses, loss of financial support from the deceased victim, and other financial hardships. 

Who Is Eligible for an Abiomed Impella Heart Pump Lawsuit?

If an Abiomed Impella Heart Pump injured you or contributed to the death of a family member, then you may be eligible to pursue financial compensation. When considering filing a lawsuit, you must be able to show that:  

  • A medical professional used a heart pump when operating on the patient for cardiac arrest or cardiogenic shock. 
  • The patient underwent valve replacement surgery, during which the heart pump failed or suffered damage. 
  • The defective Abiomed Impella Heart Pump left the patient with severe injuries or resulted in the patient’s death. 

Taking the first steps toward filing a lawsuit can be intimidating, especially against a large corporation like Abiomed. However, a team of Impella Heart Pump injury attorneys can provide much-needed insight on whether you or your family can take legal action. 

Why Should I Hire a Team of Impella Heart Pump Injury Attorneys?

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Dennis and the other Osborne & Francis staff were amazing! Our case was HUGE and required tender loving care. Everyone on our case did their part by putting all the puzzle pieces together. We were given step by step updates and put at ease when our nerves got the best of us. For every inquiry we made we received a timely response...You are appreciated!

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"Best personal injury attorney around, I could not be happier! I was seriously injured in a car accident and Osborne and Francis helped me through the entire process. I was blown away by how knowledgeable the staff and attorneys are at this incredible law firm. I would not hesitate to recommend this law firm to friends and family!"

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“I am so thankful for EVERYONE, the entire staff at Osborne & Francis Law, for mentoring me through the mediation process with my hip replacement failures. I didn't realize how MUCH pressure they relieved me of by helping me deal with the reality of this traumatic time in my life, as it was OVER so quickly with a positive result. My family is grateful to have their mom HAPPY & FOCUSED on the future, rather than worrying over what happened in the past! FAST FORWARD, we are LIVING LIFE to the fullest once again!”

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“Attorneys Greg Francis and Ryan Fletcher at Osborne & Francis Law Firm represented me in my personal injury case.The defendant drew a line in the sand and was adamant on a settlement amount I was almost willing to accept. After the dust settled and the smoke cleared, we settled for 3 times that amount!!! When they say ‘Real Tough Lawyers,’ they mean it.”

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Quick and fair resolution to a unique case. On advice of my own attorney, I engaged Joseph Osborne of Osborne & Francis of Boca Raton, FL. Mr. Osborne had considerable experience in cases such as mine and the results showed that. Mr. Osborne and his staff were very helpful, kept me up to date, and listened to my input. The settlement was very fair as far as I am concerned.

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Let the Impella Heart Pump Injury Lawyers at Osborne & Francis Fight for You

The dangers associated with Impella Heart Pump risks have jeopardized the health of thousands of people. We believe that no one should have to live in fear that their medical device will harm them or potentially end their life. Patients should be able to trust in the safety and efficacy of products from medical manufacturers.  

Why Hire Us

At Osborne & Francis, we pride ourselves on taking a genuine interest in our clients’ health, safety, and rights. When you work with our team of experienced personal injury attorneys, you can take comfort in knowing that you are not just another case but a valued individual whose well-being is our top priority. 

We are nationally recognized for our years of experience representing individuals in medical product liability lawsuits and beyond. When confronted with tough issues, we don’t back down. This passion has enabled us to recover significant compensation for our clients, including $1 billion for patients harmed by defective hip implants

Contact us online or call (561) 293-2600 to learn how an Abiomed Impella Heart Pump lawsuit can benefit you and your family. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Abiomed Impella Heart Pump Failure FAQ

Why Should I Hire a Team of Impella Heart Pump Injury Attorneys?

Medical product liability lawsuits involve complex issues like negligence, strict liability, and defective design. Attempting to file a lawsuit without the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney can be difficult. However, a lawyer can determine eligibility, gather evidence, and fight for the maximum amount of compensation on your behalf.

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?

It is best to contact an attorney when you discover an Abiomed Impella Heart Pump injured you. Contacting a lawyer sooner rather than later will prevent you from missing crucial filing deadlines and losing your chance of obtaining compensation.

How Do I Know if I Have Been Injured?

Sudden drops in blood pressure or lower-than-expected blood flow could signal a defective heart pump. Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect your Abiomed Impella Heart Pump is malfunctioning. 

How Long Will My Abiomed Impella Heart Pump Claim Take?

In Abiomed Impella Heart Pump litigation, the duration of your claim is not always predictable. Each case is unique and will depend on several factors, such as the events that led to your injury, the severity of your injury, and more. Some cases can reach swift settlements, while others demand a full-fledged lawsuit.