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St. Jude Pacemaker & Spinal Stimulator Lawsuits


St. Jude Medical has recalled hundreds of thousands of its pacemakers and spinal stimulators because of battery failures.

Patients implanted with its Eon and Eon Mini spinal devices have reported severe burns and forced surgeries to remove the defective devices.

Patients with implantable defibrillators depend on these devices to send life-saving shocks to the heart and restore normal heart rhythm. Tragically, St. Jude only recalled its defective pacemakers after several patients died.

Our St. Jude medical device attorneys are currently investigating claims related to failed pacemakers and spinal stimulators.

Pacemaker battery failures

Implantable defibrillators, or pacemakers, help regulate heart rhythms using tiny wires that go into the heart. The problems with St. Jude’s pacemakers lie in the batteries, which use lithium for power. The lithium can cluster, causing irregular electrical connections that drain the battery. The batteries drain so quickly that patients aren’t able to get to their doctor on time.

If a pacemaker battery runs out, it’s unable to deliver life-saving shocks when the heart beats irregularly. This can lead to death, loss of consciousness, and dangerous emergency surgeries.

Hundreds of thousands of patients with St. Jude pacemakers are affected by this defect, but there’s no way of knowing how many will run out of battery early. Patients who are wholly reliant on pacemakers, and who have a high likelihood of needing life-saving shocks, should speak to their doctors immediately.

Defective St. Jude pacemakers include:

  • Fortify
  • Fortify Asaura
  • Quadra Assura
  • Unify
  • Unify Assura
  • Unify Quandra

Here’s what patients with these devices should do:

  1. Use the at-home monitoring system for your device, called Merlin@Home. Speak to your doctor about remote monitoring if you haven’t already.
  2. Be aware of low battery life alerts. Your pacemaker sends a vibrating signal when it’s almost out of battery. If you experience an alert, call your doctor immediately.
  3. Ask questions. Your doctor will tell you the best course of action for your unique condition. If you doubt their advice, seek a second opinion.

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Other St. Jude Recalls & Lawsuits

This isn’t the first time St. Jude’s pacemakers have malfunctioned and injured patients. In 2010, the company permanently took its Riata pacemakers off market because of faulty wiring, which caused numerous patient deaths.

Riata pacemaker wires wore off faster than expected, leaving exposed wires in patient’s hearts. Nearly 1,000 American patients sued St. Jude, winning a collective $64 million in settlements.

Then, in 2012, the company recalled its Eon and Eon Mini devices because of battery failure. Eon systems are implanted in patients to help manage back and leg pain.

Just like the pacemakers, Eon’s batteries suddenly lost the ability to recharge and stopped providing pain relief. Patients were forced to undergo repeated surgeries and weeks of chronic pain due to the defect.

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Our medical device attorneys are here to help patients and families implanted with defective St. Jude devices. We have 30 years of experience working on these types of injury cases, winning millions for our clients. Contact us at, or (800) 794-0444 for a free case review. We represent clients nationwide, and don’t charge any fees unless we get you a settlement.