Martinez, Rosenbaum & Faria LLP Warns Victims of Defective Heart Devices Not to Cash Checks From Guidant Corporation

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Bicoastal lawfirm warns recipients of checks from Guidant Corporation to speak with a lawyer before cashing the checks. The checks are being issued randomly to recipients of Guidant's failed heart devices.

People who had Guidant heart devices implanted began receiving random checks this week from the company while it is simultaneously denying liability in lawsuits around the country.

Said Attorney Cory Rosenbaum of Guidant’s latest tactics, “We strongly urge anyone who receives a check from Guidant not to cash it. Anyone who receives one of these checks should phone a lawyer right away. People need to know whether or not the checks will affect their ability to sue.”

Rosenbaum, a partner at Martinez, Rosenbaum & Faria, LLP, a bilingual firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles, has been at the forefront of the fight to protect the rights of the victims of Guidant and Medtronic’s faulty heart devices. The firm is a founding member of a nationwide group that is taking on the companies to get surgical cost reimbursement and damages for the victims of the flawed defibrillators.

In September 2005, Guidant Corporation announced the recall of more pacemaker models, including the Insignia and Nexus devices.

This announcement continues a long line of recalls for the heart device manufacturer. Since June 2005, the company has recalled approximately 88,000 heart defibrillators and issued warnings on 28,000 pacemakers, including Pulsar Max II, Pulsar, Discovery, Meridian, Pulsar Max II, Discovery II, Virtus Plus II, Intelis II, and Contak TR. Guidant also notified doctors on September 22nd that the failure rate of the Contak Renewal and Contak Renewal 2 was nearly triple its early estimates.

Attorney Rosenbaum advises, “If you are unsure of the type of device you or your loved one are using, phone your physician immediately. If the device is on the recall list, we encourage you to contact our office to discuss what steps can be taken to have Guidant Corporation pay for your device replacement, lost wages, and other costs. But, whatever you do, do not cash a check from Guidant without first speaking with a lawyer.”


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