A Nebraska man is suing Medtronic, alleging defects with the wires on the defibrillator he received, flaws that he says made him worry about his life and forced him to get a replacement.
Ed McGill says in his federal lawsuit filed Monday that the world's largest medical-device maker misled doctors about the safety of its Sprint Fidelis lead wires, which were recalled in 2007. Medtronic has said 13 patients may have died because of problems with the wires.
McGill's lawyer Mark Weber says McGill had to have his defibrillator replaced in 2009 after he received a series of inappropriate and painful shocks.
Medtronic spokesman Chris Garland declined to comment on the lawsuit Tuesday, citing patient-privacy concerns. The company is based in Minneapolis.
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