Man says pain pump was recalled, sues Medtronic and doctors

Kelly Holleran Jul. 18, 2013, 12:52pm

An Orange County man claims he has endured severe back pain after he was forced to remove his implanted pump due to a medical recall of the device. 

Curtis Holland filed a lawsuit July 3 in Jefferson County District Court against Medtronics, Medtronic–Neuromodulation Interventional Pain Specialties and Dr. Chris T. Fuke.

His wife Bridgette Holland is also a plaintiff in the suit.

In the complaint, the Holland alleges he had a SynchroMed pump implanted into his spine for pain management purposes.

He kept the pump installed until 2012 when he claims he discovered, through his own research, that the device was recalled, according to the complaint.

Holland says Fuke was negligent by failing to inform him of the device recall and by failing to properly treat him with regards to his implant.

“Defendants assured plaintiff that the Medtronic Synchromed II Pain Pump was a viable means to a healthier and more manageable lifestyle with said pump implantation,” the suit states.

Due to the incident, Curtis Holland has incurred medical costs, suffered mental anguish and disfigurement, lost wages, experienced pain and suffering, endured respiratory problems, experienced seizures and vomiting and suffered from weakness and chronic hospitalization, the complaint says.

Bridgette Holland claims she lost her husband’s consortium, society, affection, assistance and conjugal fellowship because he was forced to remove the pump.

In their complaint, the Hollands seek actual damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest at the highest possible legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Brian D. Sutton of Sutton and Jacobs in Beaumont and Mitchell A. Toups of Weller, Green, Toups and Terrell in Beaumont will be representing them.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. D194-503

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