The deadline to submit a claim in the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads class action lawsuit is Monday. If you’re eligible to claim compensation in this class action lawsuit settlement you must submit a claim and supporting documentation by Sept. 28, 2020!
A $26 million settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit alleging that Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads were prone to fracturing, potentially shocking patients and requiring replacement.
According to the class action, launched in 2009, patients implanted with pacemakers with Sprint Fidelis leads with model number 6949, 6948, 6931 or 6930 could experience unintended shocks due to fracturing of the leads.
Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads are devices used in implanted cardioverter/defibrillators, commonly known as pacemakers. The class action lawsuit alleged that certain leads manufactured by Medtronic and Medtronic Canada were defective.
A History of Problems with Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads
Medtronic and Medtronic Canada manufactured Sprint Fidelis Leads for use in defibrillators; however, the products faced a recall in 2007 after reports that the leads were prone to fracture surfaced.
According to the recall reports, some patients suffered severe injuries. Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads were not only included in pacemakers manufactured by Medtronic, as well as by other manufacturers.
As of 2010, nearly 270,000 Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads were reportedly implanted. According to a report in the Netherlands Heart Journal, even after Medtronic’s voluntary recall of the leads, additional complications were documented. These problems included lead failures, including decreases in signal amplitude, frequent short sensed intervals, and increased lead impedance.
Though the recall noted that the leads could be dangerous, patients were generally not advised to undergo surgery to remove the leads. Instead, patients with the leads were monitored closely and potentially have the lead capped. In some patients, removal of the pacemaker and replacement was the better option.
The Class Action Lawsuit and Settlement
In 2009, a class action lawsuit was certified in federal court in Canada. According to the complaint, the plaintiffs, along with other patients implanted with pacemakers containing the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads were susceptible to unanticipated shocks and even have their device removed. Other injuries allegedly included strokes, pneumothorax, hemothorax, infections, and other complications. In addition, Class Members allegedly suffered minor injuries, including nerve injuries, pain, hematomas, and cellulitis.
The plaintiffs claimed that Medtronics misrepresented the safety of its Sprint Fidelis Leads to patients and healthcare providers.
In early 2020, the parties in the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads class action lawsuit agreed to a $26 million settlement to end the litigation. These funds will go to qualifying patients implanted with the leads, as well as Public Health Insurers, and to pay the costs of the litigation and administration of the settlement.
The Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads class action settlement was approved by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on April 1, 2020.
Under the terms of the agreement, Class Members can claim up to $25,000 under an Extraordinary Injury Fund established by the settlement, depending on the injuries they suffered related to the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads. These injuries include unintended shocks as well as minor or major injuries related to the removal or replacement of the lead.
Major injuries include:
Minor injuries include:
- Peripheral nerve injury
- Implant pain
Major or minor injuries must have occurred within 45 days of the Class Member’s surgery to replace or remove the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads.
Class Members in the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads class action settlement include patients implanted with pacemakers withs Sprint Fidelis leads with model number 6949, 6948, 6931 or 6930 and certain family members. The model number can be found on the implant card or obtained from the Class Member’s healthcare provider.
Class Members have until Sept. 28, 2020 to file a claim in the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads settlement.
Patients implanted with pacemakers with Sprint Fidelis leads with model number 6949, 6948, 6931 or 6930 and certain family members. The model number can be found on the implant card or obtained from the Class Member’s healthcare provider.
Up to $25,000
Class Members can claim up to $25,000 under an Extraordinary Injury Fund established by the settlement, depending on the injuries they suffered related to the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads. These injuries include unintended shocks as well as minor or major injuries related to the removal or replacement of the lead.
Proof of Purchase
Claimants will be asked to include documentation such as medical records and/or a physician declaration about the fracture or impending fracture of the lead.
NOTE: If you do not qualify for this settlement do NOT file a claim.
Remember: you are submitting your claim under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim. If you’re unsure if you qualify, please read the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator’s website to ensure you meet all standards (Top Class Actions is not a Settlement Administrator). If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other open class action settlements you may be eligible for.
Claim Form Deadline
The Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Class Action Lawsuit is Sherry Marie Robinson, et al. v. Medtronic Inc. and Medtronic of Canada Ltd., in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Canada.
Medtronic Leads Class Action Claims Administrator
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Joel P. Rochon
ROCHON GENOVA LLP
Megan B. McPhee
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