The product defect lawyers at SHOOP | A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION continue
to take on new matters involving both the recalled, Cochlear Nucleus CI512
device as well as the recalled, Advanced Bionics HighRes 90k cochlear
implant. No other law firm in the nation handles more N5 cases and claims
than SHOOP | A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION. Both devices have been recalled
due to defects in their respective manufacturing processes wherein the
cochlear implants fail to achieve a hermetic seal. As moisture enters
the device, it short circuits individual diodes which power the device.
Although both companies maintain the implanted devices "safely shut
down" when they are compromised, evidence has demonstrated that consumers
(including very young children) have suffered extreme shocks as well as
other organic issues related to these device failures.
COCHLEAR NUCLEUS CI512 IMPLANT
SHOOP | A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION represents victims of Cochlear N5
failures from California to New York. Our lawyers have also successfully
resolved Canadian-based claims involving N5 failures. No other law firm
in the nation handles more Cochlear N5 failures than us. The Cochlear
CI512 device was formally recalled by Australian-based Cochlear Limited
in September of 2011.
Cochlear has admitted that its N5 implants were developing microcracks
in their braze joints during latent manufacturing steps. This condition
served to permit water molecules to enter the devices. This process essentially
short-circuited the devices and resulted in the catastrophic failure of
certain electronic components of specific electronic components (typically
one of four diodes). Failure of these electronic components (diodes),
in turn, caused the devices to shut down.
The lawyers at SHOOP | A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION advise recipients
of failed implants or their families to contact an experienced product
liability lawyer before accepting any cash settlement and releasing the
company of any liability with regard to the failed implant. As an aside,
It is always a better practice to speak with a lawyer in advance of signing
any such release of any sort. Victims of failed cochlear implants are
strongly encouraged to contact the experienced lawyers at SHOOP | A PROFESSIONAL
LAW CORPORATION prior to entering into any such settlement agreement with
Cochlear. See our prior blog post, below, regarding Cochlear implant settlements:
ADVANCED BIONICS HI RES 90k IMPLANT
With regard to this implantable device, FDA review of failure modes for
the Advanced Bionics HiRes 90k devices also noted failures in quality
control to reduce moisture limits within the hermetically sealed cochlear
implants. FDA noted further that two (2) of every three (3) vacuum bake
ovens used for moisture removal had not been validated and that "process
controls were not effective in detecting device leaks" and that Advanced
Bionic HiRes 90k devices "have been distributed and implanted, only
to fail due to an un-welded vent hole, a leaking vent hole and one device
was determined to have been sealed in room air."
FDA lastly commented about the Advanced Bionics manufacturing practices,
"There is a lack of quality control and device sampling (and testing)
to see if the implants are conforming to moisture limit requirements before
the implants are being shipped and distributed. Advanced Bionics has been
subject to punitive damages awards and its former CEO was fined an unprecedented
amount by the FDA, individually, for egregious conduct.
The product defect lawyers at SHOOP | A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION encourage
recipients of failed cochlear implants to contact us today to discuss
their legal rights.
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