The Torkzadeh Law Firm (TorkLaw) is now representing over 100 clients against St. Jude Medical, Inc. related to the recalled St. Jude Medical, Inc. Riata leads.
In November 2011, the FDA issued a Class 1 recall of the St. Jude Medical Riata and Riata ST Silicone Endocardial Defibrillation Leads.
The FDA noted evidence that the silicone insulation covering the leads is at risk for premature abrasion and externalization. As a result of the defective leads, patients may not receive the therapy when needed and in some instances are receiving unnecessary shocks.
"For patients, having a recalled device like the St. Jude Riata leads implanted in their bodies, can be an agonizing experience. If their particular device has failed or fractured, they may need to undergo a very dangerous and complicated surgery to either extract the leads or cap them," said Reza Torkzadeh attorney at TorkLaw who is representing clients Nationwide.
The lawsuits by TorkLaw have been filed in both State and Federal Courts in Los Angeles, California where St. Jude Medical, Inc. manufactured the Riata leads. The first trial is set for February 2015 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in front of U.S. District Judge James V. Selna.
"Victims and individuals who have been effected by complications related to their heart devices are encouraged to immediately check with their physicians about any potential failures and defects in their hardware," said Torkzadeh.