Stryker Wingspan Brain Stent Lawyers
The Stryker Wingspan Brain Stent lawyers at the firm of Kelley, Bernheim, and Dolinsky, L.L.C. are currently investigating a number of claims against Stryker on behalf of victims who have suffered as a result of implantation with this potentially dangerous medical device.
If you or someone you love has suffered harm or death after implantation with the Stryker Wingspan Brain Stent, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your damages. Contact us today to schedule a legal consultation with an experienced medical product liability lawyer. We offer each of our clients:
- A free initial consultation with an esteemed attorney
- Positively no fees unless you win your case
- Home and hospital visits to fit your schedule
About Stryker Wingspan Brain Stent
Developed by Boston Scientific and manufactured by Stryker, the Wingspan Brain Stent System was approved by the FDA for use in the United States in August 2005. The purpose of this device is to clear and open arteries that have become blocked in stroke patients when anticoagulants are not effective enough. To implant the stent, the surgeon inserts a “balloon catheter” into the clogged artery, and then replaces the balloon with a metal stent, a small metal mesh tube that expands to allow adequate blood flow.
The FDA approved this device under the “Humanitarian Device Exemption” rule, which means that Boston Scientific did not need to conduct thorough premarket testing of the device. Under this rule, a device may be approved with very little testing if it is made to treat a disease or illness that is rare, affecting 4,000 or fewer Americans in a year. Once the Wingspan Brain Stent was approved, Boston Scientific allowed Stryker Corporation to manufacture the device.
Stryker Wingspan Brain Stent Injuries and Complications
The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) published an article about the Stryker Wingspan Brain Stent in the New England Journal of Medicine’s September 2011 issue. This article highlighted the results of a study, the SAMMPRIS study, which evaluated the efficacy of the brain stent in comparison with the conventional medical response to the issue it was approved to treat. The study was abruptly halted when researchers determined that 14.7% of the stent patients suffered a stroke or died after being implanted with the Wingspan device. In closing this study, the researchers concluded that the Wingspan Brain Stent raises the likelihood of stroke or death by 2.5 times over traditional treatments, and that one in 11 patients will suffer a stroke or die within 30 days after receiving this device.
In December 2011, the advocacy group Public Citizen sent the FDA a petition which requested withdrawal of the approval Wingspan Brain Stent and the removal of this product from the market in an official recall. The FDA did not comply. Public Citizen filed an addendum to that petition in January 2012, but the device continues to be used.
Contact our Stryker Wingspan Brain Stent Lawyers
If you received a Stryker Wingspan Brain Stent and suffered subsequent stroke or problems, of if you lost a loved one after they received a Stryker stent, you may be interested in seeking justice and holding Stryker accountable for your damages in a dangerous medical device lawsuit. We understand that the legal process can be intimidating: that’s why we go to great lengths to guide our clients through their lawsuits with as little hardship as possible. In addition to filing a Stryker Brain Stent lawsuit on your behalf, we’ll also keep you abreast of any FDA warnings, class action lawsuits, or recalls should this news arise. For medical product liability lawsuits, you can trust the team at Kelley, Bernheim, and Dolinsky, L.L.C. Contact us today to learn more about the rights and compensation Stryker Wingspan Brain Stent victims are entitled to in a free legal consultation.