Defective Cochlear Impant

Signs Your Cochlear Implant Is Failing

The product liability lawyers at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation continue to investigate and bring additional claims involving previously recalled, cochlear implant devices. There is no law firm in the nation that takes on more defective and recalled cochlear implant claims and cases than we do.

Unfortunately, many users of cochlear implants discover these devices begin to break after they have been in use for a while. If you are in this situation, you likely have the right to compensation for your medical costs and the inconvenience this has caused you.

Let us put our experience and product knowledge to work for you. If you or a family member experienced an unfortunate failure of a cochlear implant, call us immediately for a free consultation to discuss your eligibility to recover for resulting injuries and damages associated with a cochlear implant failure and a later revision procedure to replace the failed device.

Troubleshooting Failing Cochlear Implants

Oftentimes, a cochlear implant recipient explains to us during a consultation that they are experiencing prolonged periods of intermittent functionality of the device. We are told that the device is functioning, then there are periods of static, then there are periods when the device does not function at all before it ultimately fails.

In our experience representing cochlear implant recipients, this period, which can certainly be described as frustrating and frightening, can last for many months before the device completely shuts down. During this time, there are numerous methods to troubleshoot the failing device.

First, an on-call audiologist from the manufacturer will be able to administer a functionality test (sometimes referred to as an integrity test, or integrity testing) in an effort to determine if the device is functioning properly or if it is indeed failing. At the conclusion of device integrity testing, the on-call audiologist may conclude that the device has failed to achieve a lock with the external processor and you may need to begin considering options regarding the removal of the device.

At this time, it is best to contact us to discuss your potential claim and also for purposes of allowing us to review your medical records—completely free of cost—to determine if you have a claim.

Unfortunately, many of our clients have advised us that during the period of intermittent functionality of the device, they experienced painful shocking sensations, heard loud noises, and also suffered issues with balance and walking. It is very important to contact us immediately should you or a family member suffer from these types of symptoms.

Lawyer-Approved Testing of Removed Implants

Don’t wait to see an attorney if your implant is failing. We may need to take immediate action on your behalf to preserve the evidence necessary for your case for compensation.

If your failed cochlear implant has already been surgically removed, protocols regarding the testing of the device must be agreed to by an attorney so it does not alter or change the nature and quality of the evidence or otherwise destroy important information we might need. It is important you retain our firm of experienced product liability lawyers to make sure the device is properly preserved and that agreed-upon testing protocols are established for evaluation and post-test analysis.

The product liability lawyers at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation represent clients nationally and internationally with regard to failed and defective cochlear implants. No other law firm has the breadth of experience or knowledge that we do regarding these failed cochlear implants and we will do everything we can to make sure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.


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