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PA Woman Claims Medtronic Insulin Pump Caused Major Injuries
December 24, 2020 - 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.
The FDA announced a Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Pump recall following a number of adverse event reports related to the device. If you or a loved one used this medical device and have suffered serious or even fatal injuries, you may be entitled to financial compensation through a Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Pump lawsuit. Contact TorHoerman Law for a free, no-obligation case consultation with a Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Pump injury lawyer today.
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Medtronic, a medical device manufacturer, developed the MiniMed insulin pump to combat diabetes. An insulin pump is a small electronic device that can be easily carried on a belt or inside a pocket. The device is attached to your body via a thin tube called an infusion set, through which insulin is delivered. An insulin pump replaces the need for frequent injections by delivering rapid-acting insulin continuously 24 a day. The pump and tubing can easily disconnect and reconnect to your body whenever you want to.
The Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Pump 670G model was designed to automatically track and adjust a patient’s blood sugar levels by measuring blood glucose every few minutes and automating the dosing of insulin. The automated insulin delivery system first won FDA approval in September 2016 – touted at the time as an important step toward the goal of creating a so-called “artificial pancreas” insulin pump system.
The MiniMed Insulin Pump 630G model was approved by the FDA in 2017. The device has a compartment that holds a reservoir that is filled with insulin. Insulin travels through the pump’s reservoir along a thin tube and is infused into the body through an infusion set that is inserted into the skin.
People who have Type 1 diabetes may use the MiniMed insulin pump to deliver insulin for the management of their diabetes. The Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump 630G may be used by persons sixteen years of age and older. Whereas, the 670G model may be used by persons seven years of age and older.
The MiniMed 630G insulin pump helps mimic the way a healthy pancreas delivers basal insulin to the body for those with Type 2 Diabetes.
A retainer ring meant to lock an insulin cartridge into place could be broken or missing on the recalled devices. The defect could prevent people from properly locking the cartridge into place, causing people to receive the wrong amount of insulin. There have been more than 26,000 error reports on the product which included more than 2,000 injuries and at least one death received by the FDA.
TorHoerman Law Firm offers expert legal counsel for defective product lawsuits, including individuals who may qualify for the the Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Pump lawsuit.
Medtronic has recalled its 600 series of MiniMed insulin pumps due to a missing or broken retainer ring, which helps to lock the insulin cartridge in place in the pump’s reservoir compartment, according to the FDA. The recall affects all 630G (MMT-1715) models as well as all 670G (MMT-1780) models. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration classified the action as a Class I recall, the most serious kind of recall for medical devices, meaning that the use of the device could result in serious injuries or death. MiniMed Pumps have a long history of defects and recalls over the last decade. Prior Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump recalls date back as far as 2009.
Based on research finding and adverse events reports, there are a number of injuries and complications associated with the MiniMed Insulin Pump that are not listed on the warning label.
Hypoglycemia is a condition in which your blood sugar level is lower than normal. Treatment involves quickly getting your blood sugar back to normal with high-sugar foods or drinks or with medications. Long-term care requires identifying and treating the cause of the condition. Symptoms may include:
A diabetic seizure can occur from too much insulin being injected, or because the user did not eat right after taking insulin, among other things. Diabetic seizures require immediate medical treatment. Early symptoms include:
After these initial symptoms, more severe symptoms such as uncontrollable body movements and muscle contractions may occur. In some cases, the diabetic will be unaware of the movements and may even become unconscious.
A diabetic coma occurs when a person with diabetes loses consciousness. This type of Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump injury is considered a medical emergency and can lead to brain damage or death if you do not receive treatment. Oftentimes, treatment requires intravenous fluids to improve fluid levels throughout the body. Severe symptoms of diabetic coma include:
The Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump recall has been linked to more than two thousand injuries and at least one known fatality. Those who have suffered any loss or damages from a fatal Medtronic MiniMed Insulin pump injury may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Additionally, if you or a loved one have suffered any of the previously listed injuries due to the defective product, you should consider filing a Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump lawsuit.
Medtronic has notified affected customers and advised them to:
If you or a loved one have suffered any injuries or damage due to a defective Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump, you may be entitled to financial compensation through a Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump lawsuit.
To strengthen a potential claim, you should be able to prove that you sought medical attention and attempted to mitigate any potential injuries. Reach out to an experienced Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump lawyer today to discuss your legal options. Customers who have further questions about the recall should call the 24-hour Medtronic Technical Support at 877-585-0166.
The civil lawsuit process can be a very time-consuming ordeal. Furthermore, it can be extremely overwhelming to those who do not have a firm grasp of knowledge about the legal system. Therefore, having an experienced personal injury attorney at your side can be beneficial. Your Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump lawyer will be tasked with providing evidence and proving liability for the injury. They will help you assess damages and determine the appropriate amount of compensation. Typically, civil lawsuits are settled outside of a courthouse. Therefore, the process is expedited and you do not even have to attend a trial.
Finding the right Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump lawyer for you is not a decision that should be taken lightly. You should be assured that your legal representative will not only fight for your compensation but also be there to help you through your road to recovery. At TorHoerman law, we have an expansive history of successful personal injury settlements. We have won more than $4 billion in negotiated settlements and verdicts for our clients. Find out how an experienced Medtronic MiniMed insulin lawyer at TorHoerman Law can help you before the statute of limitations expires on your claim.
Our team at TorHoerman Law specializes in Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump lawsuits. If you or a loved one have suffered from a Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump, contact us today to determine your best course of legal action.
Our Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. Thus, we do not receive any payment or legal fees until you are justly compensated. Contact a Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump lawyer at TorHoerman law for a free no-obligation case consultation. Additionally, you may use the chatbot below for an instant online case evaluation for free.
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Last Modified: January 5th, 2021 @ 02:39 pm
device is attached to your body via a thin tube called an infusion set, through which insulin is delivered. An insulin pump replaces the need for frequent injections by delivering rapid-acting insulin continuously. Medtronic has recalled its 600 series of MiniMed insulin pumps due to a missing or broken retainer ring, which helps to lock the insulin cartridge in place in the pump’s reservoir compartment, according to the FDA. Research has found a number of injuries and complications that are not listed on the warning label such as Hypoglycemia, seizures, Diabetic Coma, and even death. A MiniMed Insulin Pump lawsuit is being filed on behalf of individuals who used the device to treat their diabetes and subsequently developed injuries not included on the device’s label.
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