$7.24 Million Verdict Secured by Schachter, Hendy & Johnson in HiRes90K Cochlear Implant Case Grabs Media Attention

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The nationally recognized Kentucky personal injury law firm recently obtained the verdict on behalf of a girl who claimed that she suffered electrical shocks, convulsions and vomiting due to an alleged defect that allowed moisture to seep into the hearing device.

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Ronald E. Johnson, Jr.

It’s clear that this family doesn’t want anyone else to experience the kind of pain and suffering they endured.

A $7.24 million verdict obtained last month by the law firm of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson on behalf of a Kentucky girl and her family who claimed they were knowingly sold a defective Advanced Bionics HiRes90K cochlear implant has garnered national media attention.

The firm secured the verdict in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. (No. 3:11-cv-00450-TBR). The jury returned a verdict that included an award of $6.25 million in punitive damages.

According to the lawsuit filed in the case, Advanced Bionics – acquired by Switzerland-based Sonova AG Holding in 2009 – manufactured and marketed the device that allegedly caused the girl to suffer electrical shocks, convulsions, vomiting and emotional distress after moisture had seeped into the device.

The girl, 8 years old at the time, needed to have the cochlear implant removed from her skull and replaced with a competitor’s model in an open-head surgery that took more than seven hours, the complaint alleged.

Several media outlets have reported on the case since the verdict. In particular, USA Today picked up a lengthy piece by The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal that was published April 18, 2013.

Ronald E. Johnson Jr., a product liability attorney representing the girl and her family, noted that the article summarized the trial’s key points and featured interviews with the girl’s parents.

“In particular, the article quotes the father as saying that the family pursued the lawsuit ‘so other parents will know what is going on,’” Johnson said. “It’s clear that this family doesn’t want anyone else to experience the kind of pain and suffering they endured.”

Another national media outlet to report on the verdict was Reuters. In an April 17, 2013, article, Reuters noted that Sonova announced that it was considering whether to appeal the verdict. Additionally, the article reported on the impact the verdict would have on Sonova’s 2012-13 financial year results.

“While the business aspects of this case certainly are important to some audiences, what remains important to our firm is that this family bravely sought justice and took positive steps to make the world a safer place for others,” Johnson said. “Those should always be the driving goals in product liability litigation.”

According to USA Today, about 4,000 of the cochlear implant devices at issue in the case have been implanted worldwide, and about 1,000 have failed.

About Schachter, Hendy & Johnson

Schachter, Hendy & Johnson represents clients in Kentucky and across the United States in product liability claims involving defective medical devices and dangerous drugs, including defective cochlear implants. The firm is located at 909 Wrights Summit Parkway, Suite 210, Fort Wright, KY 41011. The local phone number is (859) 578-4444. To learn more, call the firm’s toll-free number at (888) 606-5297 or submit its convenient online form.

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