The product liability lawyers at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation continue to evaluate and take on new matters involving the recalled, Cochlear Nucleus CI512 device. No other law firm in the nation handles more such claims than we do, and we can represent your interests irrespective of where you live in the United States.
If you have experienced a hard failure (typically, Cochlear will have an on-call audiologist perform an "Integrity Test Report" to determine conclusively device failure) of your cochlear implant, it is important to contact Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation immediately. Cochlear may also attempt to provide you with free-of-charge replacement equipment in exchange for your signature on a release and settlement agreement. It is important to consult with our law firm prior to signing any such waivers or releases, and this could affect your ability to recover in a subsequent action.
COCHLEAR LIMITED ("CLTD") released a statement after the company conducted significant failure analysis testing and and concluded that results of its internal investigation confirm a loss of hermeticity from what CLTD calls "unexpected variations in the brazing process" during product manufacture. According to CLTD, "brazing" is a process which joins the feedthrough to the titanium chassis. Variations in the brazing process have resulted in a limited number of implants being more susceptible to developing microcracks in the braze joint during subsequent manufacturing steps. These microcracks allow water molecules to enter the implant resulting in the malfunction of specific electronic components (typically one of four diodes). CLTD went on to state the following:
"This understanding of the root cause now forms the basis of the plan for the return of the Nucleus CI500 series implant to market. The overall proportion of CI500 series devices that has failed is approximately 1.9% of registered implants globally with similar percentages in all three regions (The Americas, Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific). There were fewer reported failures in November 2011 than in October 2011.
As we have stated previously, the Nucleus CI24RE and Nucleus CI422 series implants are not affected by this failure mechanism. The manufacturing process, including brazing, is different between the Nucleus CI500 series and Nucleus CI24RE and CI422 series. There are over 62,000 registered Nucleus CI24RE devices globally and this failure mechanism has never been reported."
If you or a loved one have experienced a failure of the Cochlear Nucleus CI512 device - or a failure of any cochlear implant - it is very important to contact our legal team immediately so that we may provide a free of cost evaluation and initial discussion of your potential claim.
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