Fort Wright, KY (PRWEB) May 04, 2013
Product liability lawyer Ronald E. Johnson Jr. said today that his law firm, Schachter, Hendy & Johnson, will continue to review inquiries involving the Advanced Bionics HiRes90K cochlear implant following a jury verdict against the device’s manufacturer last month.
Johnson represents the 11-year-old Kentucky girl and her family who were awarded $7.24 million in damages in April by a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. (No. 3:11-cv-00450-TBR).
The lawsuit alleged that the plaintiffs had been knowingly sold a defective implant that caused the girl to suffer severe shocks and convulsions when moisture seeped into the device. The verdict included an award of $6.25 million in punitive damages and $994,000 in compensatory damages.
The girl, 8 years old at the time, was shocked repeatedly before the implant could be 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.
“We have recently received inquiries concerning whether our firm will continue to pursue claims related to this device, and we want to clarify that we are currently in the process of reviewing cases,” Johnson said. “Our goal is to investigate each inquiry we receive thoroughly and to determine the steps that can be taken next.”
Bloomberg News reported April 18 that more than 4,000 of the HiRes90K ear implants were voluntarily recalled in both 2004 and 2006, while the FDA cited Advanced Bionics in 2007 for failing to get approval for a new supplier of a component that was intended to keep moisture out of the device. According to Bloomberg, more than 1,000 of the devices have malfunctioned to date.
The device involved in the case was manufactured by Advanced Bionics, which was acquired in 2009 by Swiss corporation Sonova AG Holding. In a statement released after the verdict, Sonova said it was considering an appeal.
Johnson noted that his firm’s website features comprehensive information about the HiRes90K cochlear implant device for those who are seeking to learn more about it.
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.