Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a New York law firm nationally recognized for its consumer protection and mass tort practices, is currently evaluating lawsuits related to the recent Thoratec HeartMate II pump recall. Pursuant to the Class I recall, Thoratec Corp., the manufacturer of the device, had to revise the heart pump instructions, providing a worldwide “medical device correction notification” that contained new instructions on how to properly implant the HeartMate pump. According to Reuters, Thoratec reported that it had received 29 reports of a fault in one component of the device. Five patients had to undergo additional surgeries and one patient died. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard are offering free and confidential case evaluations to those who received a HeartMate II pump, and suffered serious side effects or underwent additional surgeries because the pump was not properly connected.

HeartMate II Pump Recall Issued Over Defective Heart Pump Instructions

The HeartMate II pump recall was issued after Thoratec determined that a key part of the surgical procedure was omitted from the heart pump instructions, which could lead to serious side effects or death. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) labeled the HeartMate II pump recall as Class I, meaning that there is a reasonable probability that use of the HeartMate pump will cause serious adverse health consequences or death. However, no product is actually being recalled and patients who have a HeartMate pump may continue to use the device. The FDA’s website states that clinicians should follow the revised heart pump instructions, which “clarify the recommended procedure for securing the bend relief to the outflow graft.”According to the Wall Street Journal, at the end of 2011, there were more than 4,000 HeartMate II patients on ongoing life-restoring support. Interestingly, former Vice President Dick Cheney had a HeartMate pump prior to his recent heart transplant.

Individuals who were implanted with a Thoratec HeartMate II pump and developed serious side effects requiring additional surgery may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other injuries. For more information about filing a lawsuit, contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP at (877) 779-1414 or at

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