Man Files Suit over Riata Leads
A man has filed a product liability lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente and St. Jude Medical in California state court saying that though the defendants knew that the Riata defibrillator leads were allegedly flawed in design, they installed one of the medical devices in him.
Courthouse News Service reports that Victor Fleischer, the plaintiff, alleges in his lawsuit that despite being aware of the allegedly faulty Riata lead, Kaiser Permanente installed the defibrillator. St. Jude Medical, the manufacturer, could have redesigned the Riata leads at nominal cost and had the ability and expertise to do so, according to the suit.
As a result, the plaintiff claims to have suffered from an electric shock when the leads broke off. The plaintiff also had to bear wage loss, hospital and medical expenses, severe pain and mental distress. He seeks compensatory and punitive damages.