USA Today reports that a federal jury awarded $7.25 million in damages to a young girl who suffered severe electric shocks and the failure of her cochlear implant. The Advance Bionic cochlear implant at issues has been implanted in 4,000 people - most of them children. The jury found that Advanced Bionics, the company that manufactured the device, should pay $6.25 million in punitive damges for recklessly disregarding patient safety by continuing to sell the cochlear implants for two years after it knew its devices contained excessive moisture that could cause them to fail. The girl and her family were represented by Schachter, Hendy & Johnson, P.S.C. and another firm. The girl's family have stated that they filed suit "so other parents will know what is going on."
To date approximately 1,000 of the cochlear implants have failed. The Food and Drug Administration cited Advanced Bionics for its failure to get approval for a new supplier of a component to keep moisture out of the device and fined the company $1.1 million in 2008. The company's former CEO agreed to pay an additional $75,000 for these violations.
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.