Q: Is there a difference between an Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) and a pacemaker?
A:Yes, there is a difference between an Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) and a pacemaker. While both can be used to help individuals who suffer from heart irregularities, they function very differently from one another.
Overview of an Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD)
An ICD has one real purpose and that is to save the life of someone who is experiencing a life-threatening arrhythmia. This device is larger than a pacemaker and implanted inside a person, but will only be activated when there is an emergency. The device works by emitting electronic pulses much like an external defibrillator would shock the heart into beating again at the correct rate when a cardiac arrhythmia is detected.
Overview of a Pacemaker
Unlike an ICD, a pacemaker helps the heart to continuously beat at a regular rate. It is a smaller device implanted inside a person but remains activated at all times.
Product Liability and Medical Malpractice Claims
Implanting a device in a heart patient is a serious step. Patients trust and rely that the device will work properly. If something goes wrong and it leads to serious injuries, it could be that the device was defective. This can result in a product liability claim.
While these devices can certainly save lives, they also pose a risk if they are implanted incorrectly or if the wrong device is implanted. Medical negligence can also lead to serious injuries and result in a medical malpractice claim.
If you have been seriously injured by the implanting of a device, you may be eligible to file a product liability claim or a medical malpractice claim. The Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle can connect you with a Chicago product liability lawyer or a medical malpractice lawyer in Chicago who can evaluate your case and determine what your next step should be.
At the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C, our attorneys will examine all aspects of your claim, determine liability, and aggressively pursue the full amount of compensation due to you or your loved one for any injuries or loss of life as the result of a defective product or medical malpractice. Contact us today for a free case evaluation - 312-263-1080.