The product liability lawyers at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation continue to investigate and pursue additional claims involving the Cochlear Nucleus CI512 device. No law firm in the nation has handled more claims regarding the Nucleus 512 device than we have.
At the outset, if you or a family member have suffered a device failure, it is very important to consider that Cochlear may attempt to offer free services or replacement parts and or equipment in exchange for your entering into a release with the company, which could affect your legal rights to pursue a product liability claim as against the company for the resulting device failure. Before you sign anything which could adversely affect your legal rights to recover, the product liability lawyers at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation strongly recommend that you retain a law firm that has the requisite experience in handling medical device claims to maximize your recovery.
Additionally, the failed device must obviously be explanted and tested. This is a multi-step process, first involving the documented, chain of custody of the explanted evidence to the test facility. Next, protocols regarding the testing of the device must be agreed to by the attorneys so that testing does not alter or change the nature and quality of the evidence or otherwise destroy the evidence. It is important to retain an experienced product liability lawyer to ensure the evidence is preserved, the device is not lost and that acceptable test protocols are put in place for device testing and post-test analysis.
Typically, recipients of defective, Nucleus 512 implants will experience an intermittency of device functionality prior to the implant failing entirely. The failure of the N5 devices is due to the failure of the impact to achieve a hermetic seal. During the manufacturing process, defective N5 devices exhibited microcracks when the implants were braced. This defect in manufacture affected the implants' structural integrity and allowed saline from the inner ear to penetrate the device, thereby short circuiting the diodes which power the device. This sequence of events and resulting lack of hermeticity caused the device intermittency and ultimate failure of the device entirely when it shuts down. At the point of intermittent functionality, it is best to have your audiologist trouble shoot the device and confirm, conclusively, whether the device has experienced a hard failure. Typically, Cochlear will have an on-call audiologist administer an "Integrity Test Report" to determine the reason the processor is no longer communicating with the implant.
At this point - after such time that the device has been confirmed a failed device by way of the aforementioned, diagnostic testing - it is best to contact An experienced product liability lawyer. Again, no other law firm in the nation has handled more of these N5 claims than us, and we have successfully resolved claims across the United States as well as Canada.
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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