August 7, 2012 – A California woman was awarded more than $12 million in a landmark lawsuit filed over complications suffered after using a Polar Care 500 cold therapy device. A San Diego, CA., jury awarded the plaintiff $5 million in compensatory damages and another $7.5 million in punitive damages, resulting in a total award of $12.5 million. According to allegations raised in the complaint, the Polar Care 500 caused skin on the plaintiff’s legs to die, resulting in extensive injuries that required multiple reconstructive surgeries to correct.
Free Cold Therapy Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by a cold therapy device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the cold therapy device and we can help.
What’s the problem?
The new cold therapy lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of plaintiff Whitney Engler against manufacturer Berg International and prescribing physician Dr. David Chao, alleges that the Polar Care 500 caused her to suffer catastrophic damage to the tissue in her legs.
The Polar Care 500 cold therapy device is designed to treat pain and swelling by exposing the injured area to concentrated cold and heat. The machine restricts blood flow, slows down nerve impulses that tell you you’re in pain, and distracts the mind from the injury by concentrating it on the sensation of cold. However, over the past several years, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has received a large number of adverse event reports (AERS) involving cold therapy injuries such as frostbite, skin damage, nerve damage and limb amputations.
The new lawsuit is the latest to be resolved in a string of similar complaints filed over injuries allegedly caused by cold therapy machines. In addition to the Polar Care 500, other such devices named in claims include products made by DeRoyal Cold Therapy Units, DonJoy Iceman, EBIce, Aircase Cryo Cuff, Game Ready and others. Engler’s lawsuit is believed to be among the first landmark verdicts in the United States for damages caused by cold therapy machines.
Do I Have a Cold Therapy 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 cold therapy lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Cold Therapy Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by a cold therapy device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a cold therapy injury suit and we can help.