The suit, filed by attorney Michael Lucas, is seeking compensation for physical and mental pain suffered by former police captain Gordon Carter, who left the police department after he had a heart attack in July 2005.To think the poor El Capitan was "forced" to go through rehab... what were those doctors thinking?
According to the suit, Dr. Thomas Donahue implanted a Medtronic ICD pacemaker, or internal cardiac defibrillator, to correct Carter's heart problem in August 2005. After testing two months later, the pacemaker was found to be defective and it was replaced with another Medtronic device.
Now Carter is suing Medtronic, Inc., the city of Pikeville, the Pikeville Police Department, the Kentucky League of cities, its insurance service agency and workers' compensation fund as well as unknown defendants associated with the manufacturing and distribution of the Medtronic pacemaker.
Lucas claims that Carter was injured by the “unreasonably unsafe hazardous product” because it was defective. Carter was “forced” to go through cardiac rehabilitation, delayed recovery, depression, pain, “attendant worries” and additional medical expenses because of the defective pacemaker, he wrote in the suit.
He alleges that the company, by manufacturing and distributing the device, implied that it was safe, and he argues that they caused harm to Carter by failing to warn him or his doctor about the potential dangers.
Lucas claims that city officials accepted Carter's heart attack as a work-related injury, but city officials say they don't have the authority to make that determination.
And we wonder why health care costs are skyrocketing...
PS: The captain should consider reading this book. It will put his health problems in perspective.