Minneapolis Medtronic Paradigm Pump Lawyers
Helping Individuals & Families Who Have Been Harmed by Insulin Pumps
On June 10, 2013, Medtronic sent out a letter to patients using its Paradigm Pump, a device used by diabetics for insulin management, warning of the potential for over or under-delivery of insulin. In many tragic cases, the warnings arrived too late and were received only by the intended recipients’ grieving families.
If you have been negatively affected by a Medtronic insulin pump, you may want to consider an insulin pump malfunction lawsuit. Our mass torts team at GoldenbergLaw, PLLC would be happy to hear your case and see what we can do for you. Medtronic must be held responsible for the harm they’ve caused you and your family.
The Problem with Medtronic Paradigm Insulin Pumps
The Paradigm insulin pumps are designed and manufactured by Medtronic MiniMed, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Medtronic, Inc. The infusion sets are designed and manufactured by Medtronic MiniMed, Inc. in conjunction with Unomedical S.A. de C.V., Unomedical A/S, and/or Flextronics International USA, Inc.
The Medtronic Paradigm Insulin Pumps and associated infusion sets are designed for use by insulin-dependent diabetics. The pump system is designed to operate by delivering specific amounts of insulin to the patient. The insulin delivery occurs when insulin is dispensed from the pump’s reservoir; the insulin then travels through the infusion sets and is delivered to the user via a needle inserted into the patient’s body.
In order to properly function, the pump system is equipped with a piece that connects the pump to the infusion sets. This connector contains vents that allow air to flow through the pump system. However, if this component becomes wet, liquid (including water or insulin) can clog the vents, triggering an over or under-delivery of insulin to the user. Depending upon a patient’s sensitivity to insulin, even a small difference in the amount being delivered can have a catastrophic impact, including serious injury or death. An under or over-delivery of insulin can cause hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia, resulting in loss of consciousness, serious injuries, and death.
Symptoms of Too Much & Not Enough Insulin
What are the side effects of being administered too much or not enough insulin? Not enough users are aware of when they’ve received an incorrect dosage until it’s too late, and most people will not notice when the small ring is broken and will continue trusting the pump.
It’s important to know the symptoms of too much and too little insulin. Some of the symptoms of too much insulin are:
- Extreme hunger
- Vision issues
- Irregular or fast heartbeat
- Clammy skin or sweating
The symptoms of too little insulin, which can cause your blood sugar to elevate dangerously, include:
- Severe headaches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurry vision
- Dry mouth
- Abdominal pain
If you’re having any concerning symptoms, we recommend calling your doctor right away to get treated, then go online to learn if your insulin pump model is included in Medtronic’s recalls.
GoldenbergLaw Can Help
If you or a loved one have experienced an injury due to an over or under-delivery of insulin from a Paradigm Pump, GoldenbergLaw may be able to help, as we are actively litigating these cases.
If you are considering filing a Medtronic insulin pump lawsuit, our lawyers should be the first people you contact. Not only do we have experience with Medtronic devices, but we have also spent years working on cases dealing with all sorts of defective medical devices and have recovered millions for clients in need. In addition to suffering from your injuries or the loss of a loved one, it’s likely you’re also struggling financially.
With our help, you may be able to obtain the compensation you’re entitled to so you can recover the following damages:
- Lost income or reduced earning capacity
- Current and future medical bills
- Future costs of care
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial bills
- Loss of companionship
Filing medical device claims can be complicated and require legal experience from a firm that knows how to litigate. Since 1986, we’ve protected the right of our clients and can hold powerful companies and entities responsible for their wrongdoing.
Don’t wait to get justice for yourself and your family—call our Minneapolis Medtronic Paradigm Pump lawyers at (800) 504-0281. We have over 30 years of experience in mass tort cases.