HeartMate II® Pocket System Controller Lawsuits

For patients with left ventricular heart failure and other serious heart problems, mechanical heart pumps can be lifesaving devices. Used inside and outside of hospitals, tens of thousands of patients in the United States alone have received these implants. Recently, however, one popular external power supply that powers a popular heart pump model, the HeartMate II® LVAS Pocket System Controller, was recalled due to risk of serious injury or death.

If you were injured by the HeartMate II LVAS Pocket System Controller, or you lost a loved one who used the device, contact Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough now. Our defective medical device attorneys have more than 30 years of experience, and we’re ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us 24/7 to get started—just dial (800) 210-8503 or complete our online case review form. We want to help.

Many HeartMate II® LVAS Pocket System Controller Users Face Risks

The HeartMate II LVAS Pocket System Controller is an external power supply that connects to the HeartMate II LVAS pump, an implanted device, through a lead under the skin. A backup system controller is provided to each patient in the event of a device alarm or malfunction. When the backup device is needed, patients must switch from the main device to the backup device.

While medical professionals can easily transfer between the regular and backup system controllers, elderly and untrained patients may have trouble. If the transfer takes too long or is performed improperly, patients face a risk of serious injury or death.

HeartMate II® Pocket System Controller Recall

On May 23, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Class I Recall for Abbott-Thoratec’s HeartMate II LVAS Pocket System Controller after the manufacturer received more than 70 incident reports, including 19 injuries and 26 deaths.

In response, the manufacturer has provided all patients who use the device with software and hardware updates to help them more easily change their pocket controllers during emergencies.

Get Help With Your Pocket System Controller Lawsuit

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we believe medical device manufacturers should be held accountable when their products harm the patients they are supposed to help. If you were harmed by a heart pump pocket controller, or you lost a loved one who used the device, our lawyers want to help protect your rights. Don’t wait—contact us today to get a free case review. Dial (800) 210-8503 or complete our free online case review form, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

HeartMate II® is a registered trademark of Thoratec Corporation and is used here only to identify the product in question. This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with Thoratec Corporation or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.