Faulty defibrillator or pacemaker compensation claims
The following guide sets out what you should know about making a successful faulty defibrillator compensation claim.
Faulty defibrillator and faulty pacemaker claims are among the most serious defective product claims that personal injury solicitors handle.
As with any defective medical product, a claim can be made for injuries resulting from a faulty defibrillator, including an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD).
Although the great majority of defibrillators and pacemakers work correctly, there have been a number of product recalls in recent years resulting from defects that cause batteries to deplete and defects that fail to correctly regulate a patient's heartbeat.
If you were injured as the result of a faulty defibrilator or pacemaker in the last three years and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.
What should you do if you think that you or a family member has been affected by a faulty pacemaker?
The first step is to ensure that the person affected sees a doctor. The doctor can investigate the matter and confirm if there is a defect or potential defect, and will arrange treatment for any injuries that have arisen due to the fault.
If the affected person has been injured as the result of the defect, and the manufacture of the defibrillator is found to have been negligent, a claim can be made. This will likely require an independent medical exam, which the solicitor handling your claim can arrange.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
The manufacturer, distributors, and medical facilities can all be held accountable, depending on the nature of the fault.
A medical negligence claim could be made if the medical team responsible for the installation and monitoring of the pacemaker were negligent, failing to install the item correctly, or installing a defibrillator they should have been aware was faulty.
How much can you claim for faulty defibrillator compensation?
The amount you could be awarded is very much dependent on the nature of the harm that arises from the defibrillator failure. This includes the impact on the life of the person involved, including lost earnings and the cost of necessary medical treatment and ongoing care.
A no win no fee arrangement (also called a CFA or Conditional Fee Agreement) is entered into between a claimant and a specialist injury lawyer.
A Conditional Fee Agreement is essentially the conditions under which the solicitor is instructed by their client.
The agreement lays out what the lawyer will actually do as well as how they will be remunerated if your case is won.
If you choose our solicitors for your faulty defibrillator compensation claim there are no additional charges , nothing to pay up-front and the complete peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.
The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our personal injury compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.
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About the author
Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.
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