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Advanced Bionics Hi Res 90K Settlements


The product liability lawyers at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation represent clients nationally with regard to failed, Advanced Bionics HiRes90k cochlear implants. Our law firm continues to investigate and take on new claims with regard to this device.

No law firm in the country has handled more claims involving defective cochlear implants from an array of manufacturers than we have. Let our experience with the product and our success in handling these various claims guide you. If you or a loved one have experienced a confirmed failure of a defective, cochlear implant, we would like to represent you.


Advanced Bionics (AB), developed the HiRes 90k implant and, in so doing, utilized a non-approved vendor to supply critical feed-thru components to thousands of its implants. As a result of unprecedented failure rates, the company voluntarily recalled its HiRes 90K cochlear implant device and set about retrieving all such, un-implanted devices currently in distribution. There were multiple, confirmed instances of HiRes90k recipients experiencing a device malfunction requiring explant. These various recipients suffered severe pain, overly-loud sounds and noises, and additionally suffered shocking sensations at or about eight to ten days post initial activation of their individual devices.

The Advanced Bionics HiRes90k was part of a voluntary recall instituted by the company in or about March of 2006. As referenced, the device issue and related-recall pertained to the feed thru assembly, a component provided by AstroSeal (commonly referenced and referred to as ‘Vendor B’), affecting many of these implanted, HiRes 90K devices with manufacturing dates on or prior to March of 2006.

Advanced Bionics represents that, worldwide, a total of more than 4,000 such Vendor B devices necessitating the recall were implanted at times between 2003 and March of 2006. To date, well over a third of these affected devices which failed due to issues with the feed thru assembly, have been explanted due to recall-related hard failures. The company is on record with estimates that up to a total of approximately half of these devices with Vendor B feed-thru assemblies may experience a hard failure. We know from our experience with the these claims that a vast majority of explanted Vendor B cases were settled prior to trial.

In light of these circumstances, Adanced Bionics B has "thoroughly reassessed its provisions for claims of this category" - from previously reserved 52 million Swiss francs to a total of 250 million. The company further anticipated that the resolution of pending claims would be an ongoing process.


If you or a loved one have experienced a failure of the HiRes90k - or a failure of any cochlear implant - contact our team immediately so that we may provide a free of cost evaluation and initial discussion of your potential claim.

The product liability lawyers at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation represent clients nationally and internationally with regard to failed and defective medical devices. No other law firm has the breadth of experience that we do and we will fight to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.

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