More than a million people each year suffer adverse events from medical devices. Technology has often outpaced long-term safety studies, and unsafe medical devices have flourished in a lax regulatory environment.

An automated external defibrillator is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias in a patient. It is able to treat the patient with the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to consumers about some models of Heart Start automated external defibrillators that may not work during a cardiac emergency. Unsafe medical devices can cause irreparable harm.

According to a new report, approximately 700,000 of the medical devices have been recalled, but people may still have the faulty models in their possession. They were recalled because an internal electrical component was malfunctioning, causing the machine not to give a required shock.

The machine’s function is to analyze heart rhythm and deliver an electric shock, which can restart the heartbeat of those who go into cardiac arrest. According to the American Heart Association, more than 300,000 people will have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in one year.

When an automated external defibrillator or AED fails to work as it is supposed to, it may become difficult or impossible to resuscitate someone whose heart has stopped working.

If you or a loved one has been affected by one of these defective medical devices, you can file a product liability claim against the manufacturer. And, in addition, if a loved one has died because of this defective product, you or a family member can file a wrongful death claim against the product manufacturer.

You would be well advised to contact an experienced product liability lawyer who will ensure that the negligent manufacturer is held liable. Contact the personal injury law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi to determine if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and expenses.

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