The News-Enterprise reports that after deliberating for three-and-a-half hours, a federal jury awarded $7.2 million in damages to a Vine Grove Kentucky family after their young daughter Breanna's Advanced Bionics cochlear implant failed and severely shocked her. After the defective cochlear implant was removed, testing revealed that it failed because water leaked into the implant through cracks in an internal component. The allowable amount of moisture in the implant is 0.5 percent. Testing revealed Breanna's device had more than 38 perecent moisture content.
According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, multiple Advanced Bionics cochlear implants were recalled in 2004 because of the "potential presence of moisture in the internal circuitry, which can cause the device to stop functioning." Advanced Bionics has been cited by the FDA for violations on at least three occasions.
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.