Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Aneurysm Medical Device Blamed for Patient’s Stroke

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The Penumbra Coil 400 is a medical device that has been used to treat patients suffering from aneurysms. According to one patient in California, the device malfunctioned during a procedure to treat his aneurysm. As a result, he suffered a stroke that lead to brain damage, chronic pain and has compromised his ability to work. He has since filed a lawsuit against Penumbra, two Penumbra employees who were present during the surgery, and Overlake Hospital Medical Center, the Kings County, Washington hospital where the procedure took place.

During the procedure, the coil malfunctioned after 10% of the coil got stuck in the intracranial artery. The doctor was unable to remove the portion of the coil and attempt an alternate approach because the coil detached prematurely. As a result, the coil remained in the patient’s artery, instead of inside the aneurysm where it belongs. When this happens, the coil produces clots, which can lead to strokes. This is what happened to the patient in question.

The lawsuit claims that the patient was severely injured by the faulty device and that the hospital did not live up to its responsibility to select medical equipment and supplies that are free of defects. In response to the lawsuit, a representative from Penumbra filed a motion to dismiss. The company’s public relations firms would not provide any further comments on the issue. Representatives from Overlake Hospital also did not immediately return messages or provide comments.

In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration began a Class I recall of approximately 267 lots of Penumbra Coil 400 products, citing the pull wire on the delivery system could slip, causing the Coil 400 to detach too soon. When this happens, it can cause serious injuries, including stroke and even death.

Maryland Medical Product Liability Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Patients Injured by Defective Medical Devices

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