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    Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator

    Posted by Sandy Carpenter on 2/15/09

    On 11/06/08, Char Patnode wrote:
    > I had a medtronics spinal simulator implanted in April 2008. Had a
    > revision of battery in Oct. 2008. It has never worked properly since I
    > had it implanted. I went in a week ago to have it programmed by a
    > Medtronics rep. I was electrocuted, and he couldn't get it to shut
    > off. I was in the most excruciating pain from my head to my toes for
    > several seconds. They are now going to take it out. he Medtronics
    > rep. said that he had never seen that happen before. I had mentioned
    > several times that even when the stimulator was supose to be off I
    > could feel the current run down my leg. I have had more pain then
    > relief ever since it was implanted. Please e-mail me with any
    > information. Thank you in advance for your help.
    >
    > On 4/03/08, Carolina wrote:
    >>
    >> If anyone living in the upstate of South Carolina or Western North
    >> Carolina is interested in sharing any information about their spinal
    >> cord stimulator, please post a response. I have a lawyer and he is
    >> looking to start a class action suit against these fraudulent
    >> doctors. Please respond quickly so we can get them the due justice
    >> they deserve for putting us through all of the horrible unnecessary
    >> pain and expense of a fraudulent procedure.
    >>
    >> On 1/24/08, barbara wrote:
    >>> On 1/24/08, barbara wrote:
    >>>> On 1/23/08, Deb Brinker wrote:
    >>>>> I cannot find an attorney to take my case. Can anyone tell me
    >>>>> what kind of attorney to look for and if there are any
    >>>> attorneys
    >>>>> in Michigan. I have talked to two Medical product liability
    >>>>> attorneys and they will not take my case. Please e-mail me
    >>>> with
    >>>>> suggestions. Thank-you, Deb
    >>>>>
    >>>>> On 1/22/08, Ann Clark wrote:
    >>>>>> On 1/18/08, sheryl wrote:
    >>>>>>> had spinal cord stimulator put in. was promised it would
    >>>>>>> work. pain was increased greatly. had to have it
    >>>>>>> removed. still have lots of pain in battery site area
    >>>>>>> along with sensation type pains along my spine area.
    >>>>>>> anyone else with this sort of problem
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Re: Medtronics Implantable Stimulator Trouble - My husband
    >>>>>> recently had to undergo a re-surgery of a Medtronics pain
    >>>>>> stimulator and is now in more pain than before. He had had
    >>>>>> multiple back surgeries; still had pain in hip and down leg
    >>>>>> and neuropathy from damaged nerves. The trial stimulator was
    >>>>>> wonderful. No pain for the first time in years. They then
    >>>>>> surgically implanted the permanent one. It did eliminate the
    >>>>>> pain in the hip and leg and another place where he was having
    >>>>>> pain and helped the neuropathy some but had excruciating new
    >>>>>> pain in the left side about kidney area. As they increased
    >>>>>> the pain stimulator, that pain was intensified. They decided
    >>>>>> the lead had rolled over into the canal and was resting on a
    >>>>>> nerve. The pain continued even with the stimulator turned
    >>>>>> off. They then waited two weeks and had another operation to
    >>>>>> put different leads in. This was one week ago, they did not
    >>>>>> turn on until today. He now not only has his pain back in his
    >>>>>> hip and leg but a jolting if turns or leans back. I do not
    >>>>>> understand why the trial was great and so much trouble with
    >>>>>> the implant. I called the Medtronics rep and didn't get much
    >>>>>> help. Will keep you posted. Ann
    >>>
    >>> I've been looking through the posts on the spinal cord stimulators
    >>> and it looks like there are quite a few people that have been hurt
    >>> by them.Some people wanted suggestions on trying to get help from
    >>> an attorney.What I did was to write up a case review and basically
    >>> just told them what happened.Then I saved it in a Word
    >>> document.When I wanted to submit it, I copied and pasted it into
    >>> the case review section of the product liability page.That makes
    >>> it easy since you don't have keep repeating your problem each time
    >>> you want to send in a submission.Do this on as many law firm
    >>> websites as you could handle.I was told the more law firms you
    >>> contact the better.I am now following up by calling the law firms
    >>> to see if they want to take my case. I've been told by an attorney
    >>> we need to gather information on as many of these cases as
    >>> possible and then they'll try and get the Medtronics products
    >>> recalled. My problem was the lead wire fracturing and causing
    >>> nerve damage as well as other neurological issues.I posted on
    >>> 1/18/08 (I'm sorry, took me 3 posts to get it to work)and see that
    >>> others are working with attorneys that are suggesting the
    >>> possibility of a class action lawsuit also.I'm thinking of
    >>> gathering together these cases and submitting the information to
    >>> an attorney for review. One of the attorneys said if we can get 10-
    >>> 15 people that have had lead problems we might have a class action
    >>> suit.He then said he'd look at it even if I can get a few cases
    >>> together.So,I'm thinking of getting together any posts where
    >>> Medtronics neurostimulators have shocked, jolted or otherwise
    >>> malfunctioned and hurt people-not just lead wires
    >>> malfunctioning.Does this seem ethical?Do you think that it's a
    >>> good way to go about it?I've also found a couple of National
    >>> lawfirms that have actually worked on Medtronics products, if
    >>> you'd like me to post them.There were sections of cases on
    >>> Medtronics neurostimulars on their websites.An attorney told me
    >>> you have a better chance of getting them to take your case when
    >>> you have a law firm that's already worked on Medtronics products.I
    >>> definitely think contacting the FDA is an essential step.I'm
    >>> thinking if they get enough complaints they may issue some
    >>> recalls. I posted the FDA website you can report what happened to
    >>> you on 1/18/08.For those who missed it, the section on the website
    >>> that has the form is www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm. I'm not out
    >>> for a big settlement legally, I just want to contact attorneys and
    >>> see if they can do something about this and contact the FDA and
    >>> let them know what what happened to me.I want Medtronic to have to
    >>> take responsibility for their defective products and the injuries
    >>> that they've caused.When I contacted Medtronics they tried to tell
    >>> me they hadn't heard of any other lead fractures on the model I
    >>> had explanted.I don't know about that,but obviously there are a
    >>> lot of Medtronics products ruining a lot of peoples lives and I'm
    >>> the type of person that won't stop until I get something done
    >>> about it!

    My husband is on his 4th medtronics stimulator since Aug 2004 -- this
    last one is the rechargeable kind that he got in April 2007. He used it
    one month with some relief and then he said it felt like it was burning
    him. He stopped using it. Then went to the doctor and the doctor asked
    him to turn it on and then he said it felt like he was getting burned and
    electrocuted! He hasn't used it since. He's in terrible pain from where
    the battery pack is and also along the leads to his spine. He is having
    surgery on 2-19-09 to remove the thing! I know this one and the 2
    previous ones malfunctioned. Does anyone know a lawyer who will take this
    case on???

    Posts on this thread, including this one
  • spinal cord stimulator, 1/18/08, by sheryl .
  • Re: spinal cord stimulator, 1/22/08, by Ann Clark.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 1/23/08, by Deb Brinker.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 1/24/08, by barbara.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 1/24/08, by barbara.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 4/03/08, by Carolina.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 5/17/08, by Joe.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 6/11/08, by connie hoffman.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 11/06/08, by Char Patnode.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 1/17/09, by Tracy.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 2/15/09, by Sandy Carpenter.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 8/27/09, by Cassandra Kozimor.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 8/27/09, by Cassandra Kozimor.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 10/25/09, by janice breedlove.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 11/02/09, by MICHAEL SHEPARD.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 11/04/09, by Annette.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 11/20/09, by Lisa Snyder.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 11/20/09, by Lisa Snyder.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 11/20/09, by jh.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 11/30/09, by lori cavanaugh.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 12/13/09, by lisa snyder.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 3/23/10, by Bill Sweeney.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 3/25/10, by Billy Sweeney.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 4/12/10, by Billy Sweeney.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 5/01/10, by Kathy Cooper.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 5/28/10, by Tom McDonough.
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  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 6/08/10, by Valerie.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 6/23/10, by Rich S.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 7/06/10, by Jennifer Pearl Gordon.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 5/17/11, by Gary Wright.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 2/07/12, by Gary Wright.
  • Re: how to find a lawyer for the spinal cord stimulator, 8/08/12, by Brian.
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