Cutter Law Updates:

  • Press Release (Feb. 26, 2015): Settlement Reached in Lawsuits and Claims Involving Riata Defibrillator Leads

The product liability attorneys at Cutter Law P.C., representing the injured of Sacramento and Oakland, continue to lead on behalf of clients injured by dangerous medical devices. We are involved in some of the most nationally documented cases of our time, including:

Advancement in medical devices means that new devices are introduced into the American health care system every year. They are meant to improve or sustain the quality of life, although that is not always the case. Sometimes a device can prove to be defective, leading to dangerous impacts for patients.

Across the country, U.S. health care consumers ask themselves the same question: How do I know if my medical device is defective or part of a recall by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration?

A simple search on the FDA's website can help you determine if problems have been associated with your medical device or if a recall has been initiated. Hospitals are now required by law to include an Implant Device Record (IDR) within every surgical record. These records typically state the model and/or serial number and manufacturer of any device or implant used during the operation. By law, this information must be provided to you upon request and can be used to search the FDA's website: http://www.fda.gov/.

Fast-Tracking (Potentially) Defective Medical Devices

A great deal of pressure was mounted against the FDA to speed up the approval process of new medical devices to market.

The result was legislation aimed at "fast-tracking" new medical devices that were "similar enough" to other, already approved devices without the normal clinical trials and preapproval process upfront. Time and again, the process, as well as the device, has proven defective.

Manufacturers have sought and gained fast-track approval solely on the basis of their own claims of "likeness" rather than on factual design documentation. Their claims are only challenged long after their product has been used by physicians and hospitals throughout the country and abroad. In many cases, they are found to be defective after numerous reports of injury or death.

Leadership In Prosecution

Due to his experience and national reputation involving complex litigation, Brooks Cutter has been named plaintiffs lead or co-lead counsel or appointed to the plaintiffs steering committee by state and federal courts, including:

  • Plaintiffs steering committee: Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator, which resulted in a $220 million settlement
  • Plaintiffs steering committee and designated bellwether trial counsel: Guidant Pacemakers — $204 million settlement
  • Co-lead counsel: Johnson & Johnson, Vicryl Sutures (confidential settlement on behalf of 200 injured individuals)

Additionally, Brooks successfully represented 60 women in the prosecution of Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon for its Gynecare Intergel, alleged to have injured approximately 80,000 women nationwide. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

Contact Us For A Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective medical product, chances are the medical and financial burdens are mounting. Let our experienced Sacramento and Oakland product liability attorneys ensure that your rights are protected. We serve clients throughout California and nationwide.

Don't delay; your rights could be impacted by your state's statute of limitations. Give us a call toll free at 888-285-3333 or schedule a free consultation online.