Implantable Infusion Pump Lawsuit

Implantable infusion pumps can be adversely affected by the strong magnetic fields emitted during Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), potentially resulting in serious patient injuries and deaths. Individuals who suffered harm due to an MRI-induced malfunction may be entitled to seek compensation for their pain and suffering via an implantable infusion pump lawsuit.

Lawyers Investigating Infusion Pump Injuries

The medical device lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are investigating injuries and deaths that may be associated with implantable infusion pumps and MRIs. Please contact our office today if you or loved one experienced any dangerous complications following an MRI that coincided with the use of an implantable fusion pump. Free, no-obligation lawsuit reviews can be arranged by calling (888) 994-5118.

Implantable Infusion Pumps & MRIs: What’s the Problem?

Implantable infusion pumps are surgically placed under the skin to deliver medications directly to the body in a regulated, timed manner. The devices are indicated to treat a chronic pain and other conditions.

MRI exams utilize strong magnetic fields and radio waves to create images of internal body structures. However, exposure to these magnetic fields may cause programming issues in some implantable infusion pumps. In January 11, 2017, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned that it had received reports of injuries and deaths associated with the use of implantable infusion pumps in an MRI environment. In some cases, the adverse events were due to dosing inaccuracies, resulting in over-infusion, under-infusion, or unintended bolus. Exposure to an MRI has also been linked to mechanical failures, including reports of motor stalls or the pump failing to restart after an MRI exam.

Only implantable infusion pumps labeled as MR Conditional may be used safely within an MRI environment, and only under the specified conditions of safe use. To minimize risk, the FDA advises infusion pump patients, or their caregivers, to:

  • Consult with their doctor and MRI technician before undergoing an MRI to determine safety.
  • Carry an “implant card” listing the specific make and model of their implantable infusion pump.
  • Consider wearing a medical alert bracelet or necklace.
  • Have the pump checked by a physician following an MRI to determine if reprogramming is needed.

The FDA is working with the manufacturers of implantable infusion pumps to ensure that their products’ instructions for safe use are clear and up-to-date.

Contact an Attorney Today

You may be entitled to collect financial damages if you or a loved one experienced life-threatening injuries due to an implantable infusion pump malfunction that followed an MRI procedure. These damages may include payment for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Wrongful death

To learn more about the process for filing an implantable fusion pump lawsuit, please call (888) 994-5118 to get in touch with an attorney today.

  1. FDA (2017) “Safety Concerns with Implantable Infusion Pumps in the Magnetic Resonance (MR) Environment: FDA Safety Communication”
Last Modified: January 19, 2017

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