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Have you been affected by the Abbott Pacemakers Recall?

Leigh Day are pursuing claims for patients who have been implanted with defective pacemakers manufactured by Abbott Laboratories (formerly known as St. Jude Medical).  

If you received an Abbott 'Zenex', 'Assurity' or 'Endurity' pacemaker between 2018 and 2023, there is a possibility that it is defective. If this is the case, you have the option to join our claim.     

Certain models of Abbott’s products were subject to an urgent Field Safety Notice after concerns were raised that a fault in the manufacturing process led to some devices allowing moisture ingress. This can cause electrical short-circuits which affects the safe functioning of the devices. The consequences of this manufacturing fault include loss of telemetry, loss of pacing and reduced pacemaker battery life. 

As a result, patients are being advised to use remote monitors so clinicians can monitor performance and safety. As this is an alternative to a pacemaker replacement, the remote monitor will need to be used for the lifetime of their pacemaker (up to 10 years), affecting how they are able to live their lives and in constant fear their pacemaker could fail at any moment.  

Our team, headed by Michelle Victor, are working with recipients of the faulty pacemakers in a claim against Abbott. Michelle Victor said: “It is disappointing that Abbott Laboratories has had to issue yet another safety recall because of potential defective devices. I would strongly encourage anyone who has Assurity or Endurity pacemakers to check as soon as possible whether their device is affected, and to contact us at Leigh Day if you think you may have grounds for a legal claim.” 

As a patient, you are entitled to expect that any medical device implanted into your body is safe and we understand that this safety recall might be distressing for you and your family. If you choose to join the claim, you can be assured that our highly experienced lawyers will provide you with the specialist level of service you deserve and will work tirelessly to hold the manufacturers to account. 

Please fill in the form below to determine if you are eligible to join the claim or to find out more information, and a member of our team will be in touch. 

Join the Abbott faulty pacemaker claim

Frequently asked questions

If you believe you may have an Abbott pacemaker affected by the product recall, Abbott Laboratories have created an online device checking function that allows patients to confirm whether their pacemaker is affected by the product recall. We can then advise on whether you have grounds for a claim. 

At this stage we are investigating all claims for individuals whose pacemakers are covered by the recall, regardless of whether they have yet been replaced. 

We will be bringing these claims on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). 

If you do not win your case, providing you have kept to the terms of the agreement, our funding arrangement means that you will not be left out of pocket. Once we have checked that you are eligible to bring a claim, we will discuss your funding options in more detail and how this will work in practice.  

At this stage, if your Abbott pacemaker is from one the batches which has been recalled, we suggest completing our initial questionnaire so we can consider whether you may be eligible to bring a claim. We have already been instructed by a number of individuals affected by the various product recalls and are in the preliminary stages of investigating claims on their behalf. 

There are various legal deadlines that may apply to each claim. These will vary depending on individual factors and the type of claim you are eligible to bring. Claims have strict time limits, and you cannot make a claim once the relevant period has passed. We will be able to advise on legal deadlines on receipt of the relevant information about your pacemaker device. 

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Michelle Victor

Michelle is a leading consumer rights lawyer and head of the food safety team in London

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Abbott Laboratories – recalled pacemaker devices

Product safety lawyers are investigating claims on behalf of patients who have been implanted with potentially defective pacemakers manufactured by Abbott Laboratories (formerly known as St. Jude Medical).

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