Sorin Lawsuits

Sorin Lawsuits

Sorin lawsuits are currently being investigated by a number of individuals who suffered serious infection or even the wrongful death of a loved one after a contaminated Sorin 3T heater-cooler device was used during open heart surgery. To date, at least 25 patients have been infected and six have died from Sorin 3T infections in the U.S. alone and regulators report that it is possible that these infections will continue to strike.

According to our nationally experienced dangerous product lawyers, victims of Sorin 3T infections may be entitled to substantial compensation for their suffering and damages as a result of the manufacturer’s negligence in allowing potentially contaminated devices to remain in use in hospitals across the globe since at least 2014.


Sorin Lawsuit Claims

When pockets of patients became ill with mysterious bacterial infections after open heart surgery in Switzerland, Germany, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Michigan in 2015, the FDA and CDC began to investigate. In June 2016, the FDA reported that studies had linked the M. chimaera bacteria behind the infections to a German factory where Sorin 3T heater-cooler devices were made. Upon questioning, the manufacturer revealed that they had identified this same bacteria on their production line and in the water supply at their facility in August 2014. They instituted new cleaning and disinfection procedures in September 2014, and tests at the facility in June 2015 showed no bacteria were present. Still, the FDA recalled the Sorin 3T system in July 2015 because it was unclear whether the risk of infection had been mitigated.

In Sorin lawsuits, patients who have suffered from Sorin M. chimaera infections and individuals who have lost a loved one to a Sorin infection seek to hold the device manufacturers, LivaNova PLC, Sorin Group Deutschland GMBH, and Sorin Group USA, accountable for their alleged negligence. While every case is unique, the following claims and allegations may be common to multiple Sorin lawsuits:

  • Sorin failed to ensure the safety of their heater-cooler devices by allowing contamination of production plant
  • Sorin neglected to promptly and properly report contamination at the production plant
  • Sorin neglected to report or under-reported adverse events and complications associated with the Sorin 3T system
  • Sorin deceived doctors, patients, and regulators by misrepresenting the safety and efficacy of their heater-cooler devices
  • Sorin failed to take appropriate steps to mitigate or eliminate the risk of infection associated with contaminated 3T heater-cooler devices


One Recent Sorin Lawsuit

In a Sorin lawsuit filed in July in the U.S. District court for the Southern District of South Carolina, Phillip Lamar West and his wife, Karen Austin claim that negligence on the part of the makers of the Sorin 3T heater-cooler led to West’s contraction of a nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infection.

According to this claim, Mr. West underwent aortic valve replacement and bypass surgery in May 2014, and a Sorin 3T heater-cooler was used during the procedure. Shortly after he was discharged from the hospital, West began to notice signs of infection around his incision site. He also developed a high-grade fever, pneumonia, and weakness. He was diagnosed with an NTM after suffering from illness for roughly two months and being readmitted to the hospital for treatment. As a result of this infection, West states that he “was either hospitalized or received treatment at a physician’s office in August, September, October, November and December of 2014, as well as January and February of 2015. Plaintiff West’s treatment by physicians for this M. abscessus infection is ongoing.”

In his Sorin lawsuit, West claims that LivaNova and Sorin failed in their duty to protect patients by misrepresenting the Sorin 3T’s safety and efficacy. He states, “Contrary to the Defendants’ representations and marketing to the FDA, medical community, and to the patients themselves, Defendants’ Sorin 3T System has high injury and complication rates, fails to perform as intended, requires patients to undergo additional operations, and has caused severe and sometimes irreversible injuries, conditions, and damages to a significant number of patients, including Plaintiff West, all of which are violations of Federal and South Carolina State rules and regulations. In violation of Federal and South Carolina State requirements, the Defendants consistently under-reported and withheld information about the propensity of the Sorin 3T System to experience complications and its failure to perform as expected, has misrepresented the efficacy and safety of Defendants’ system through various means and media, actively misleading the FDA, the medical community, patients, and the public at large.”

Due to the alleged negligence of the manufacturers of the Sorin 3T system, West and his wife seek compensation for his injuries and suffering, economic losses, cost of treatment, lost income, and other damages.


Consult with Experienced Attorneys about Sorin Lawsuits

When a medical device proves to present an unreasonably high rate of complications and failures when used as directed, plaintiffs have the right to hold the companies that make, market, and distribute those devices accountable for any damages they caused. Such is the case with the Sorin Stockert 3T heater-cooler device, which has caused severe infections that have already claimed multiple lives and caused excessive personal injury. If you believe that you or someone you love could be owed compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other damages after a heater-cooler device infection, please contact our attorneys to schedule a free Sorin lawsuit consultation.