A Pennsylvania woman recently filed a new Medtronic lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. She claims that she suffered serious injuries after using the Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff had been previously diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and started using the Medtronic MiniMed 670G MMT- 1780 insulin pump to treat her diabetes in June 2018. The product was designed to deliver measured amounts of insulin throughout the day.
On November 18, 2018, her Medtronic insulin pump indicated that her blood sugar was low. Therefore, she headed to the kitchen to get some food, but she ended up falling before she made it to the kitchen. The fall resulted in a broken foot, loss of consciousness, and a brain injury.
The plaintiff blames the device for her injury, stating that it was defective and failed to work as expected. The Medtronic insulin pump the plaintiff used was part of an FDA Class 1 device recall issued on November 21, 2019 – after her accident and injuries.
Medtronic stated it was recalling the devices due to a missing or broken retainer ring which helps to lock the insulin cartridge into place, which could result in hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia.
At the time of the recall, Medtronic had received 26,421 complaints of the device malfunctioning this way. The company was also aware of 2,175 injuries and one death.