Defective Defibrillator Claims

We put a lot of trust into life-saving medical equipment, so if it goes wrong it can be very frightening.


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What is a cardioverter defibrillator?

The heart has an electrical system which regulates the heartbeat, but when this doesn't work properly and creates the risk of a heart attack, you may need an ICD implant.

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators are becoming an increasingly common procedure in the UK.  The devices are about the size of a matchbox and can be inserted beneath the skin and connected to the heart. If the heart then starts beating dangerously, the defibrillator can deliver small electric shocks to correct the problem.

Occasionally though, problems are reported where the devices have failed to work properly, such as:

  • delivering unnecessary shocks, causing discomfort
  • failing to deliver a shock when the heart starts to beat irregularly
  • faulty leads between the device and the heart

If any of these happen, it's likely surgery would have to be carried out again to correct the problem. This can be very difficult for the patient, both physically and emotionally.

Why make a defective ICD claim?

Should something go wrong, the stress and physical discomfort can be significant. As well as the psychological impact, there is the time to have the surgery re-done and subsequent recovery time.  This can have an impact on your earnings and work.

Making a medical negligence claim can compensate you for the pain and suffering, as well as the impact it's had on your life.

We know it won't make up for what you've been through, but it might just make life that little bit easier while you recover.

More about making a claim

How long do I have to make a claim?

For medical negligence the time limit for making a claim is usually three years from the date of the injury or negligent treatment.

There are some exceptions to the three-year rule though. Our trained legal advisors can listen to your individual circumstances and then give you advice tailored to your situation.

How can First4Lawyers help?

We work with No Win No Fee solicitors for medical negligence cases in England and Wales, who are experienced with claims involving defective defibrillator implants. They are highly experienced in putting together a legal claim for compensation, and will take the pressure and worry off you.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Our No Win No Fee solicitors will take a success fee from the compensation you are awarded for a successful claim in the form of a percentage of your damages. This could be up to 25% but it won't be more than that, except in cases of road traffic accidents and housing disrepair. Changing laws mean our solicitors will now take a payment of 35% of the final compensation amount plus VAT for all road traffic accident and housing disrepair claims.

First4Lawyers are an award-winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.


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