An Iowa woman has filed a class action lawsuit against Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler manufacturer LivaNova PLC, previously Sorin Group Deutschland GMBH, alleging that the device exposed to her potentially fatal bacteria during open-heart surgery.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed an infection or other complications following surgery with a heater-cooler system, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
August 11, 2017 – Plaintiff claims she underwent heart surgery with a 3T heater cooler device in June 2016, during which she was exposed to M. chimaera and/or M. abscessus, which are subspecies of nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM).
A report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in October 2016 found that Stöckert 3T heater-cooler devices made by LivaNova PLC were the likely source of an outbreak of rare bacterial infections. The report cited at least 28 NTM infection cases in the U.S., including 21 in Pennsylvania, 5 in Iowa and 2 in Michigan. Four deaths were reported in Pennsylvania, according to the CDC.
In 2015, FDA blocked imports into the U.S. of 3T heater-cooler systems after issuing a warning letter related to manufacturing violations by LivaNova. The agency didn’t require hospitals to stop using existing devices, though it and the CDC have issued new recommendations for reducing the risk of NTM infection.
Plaintiff in the new class action is seeking to represent over 4,100 other plaintiffs who are or were citizens of Iowa at the time of their exposure. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Iowa. The class members’ claims total more than $5 million.
Do I Have a Heater-Cooler Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in heater-cooler infection lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by a heater-cooler device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.