Business week reports that a Kentucky jury awarded $7.24 million in damages after concluding that Advanced Bionics, a company that makes cochlear implants, knowingly sold defective cochlear implants that failed due to excess moisture and shocked a 6-year-old girl. Attorney Ron Johnson, of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson, who represented the girl stated, "This is, without a dobut, the worst conduct I've ever seen by a corporation, especially when dealing with such a vulnerable population."
Cochlear implants, also known as bionic ears, are devices that are surgically implanted into a patient's skull to give the patient a sense of sound. By 2004, Advanced Bionics was aware that excess moisture existed in its implants that could cause them to malfunction and fail. To date approximately 1,000 of the cochlear implants have failed.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries as a result of a cochlear implant failure, you may have a legal case for your damages. Call the office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson, P.S.C. to talk with a skilled personal injury attorney at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 in a free legal consultation today.