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Linx Reflux Management System Lawsuits

Holding Torax Accountable for Failing GERD Patients

It’s estimated that more than one-fifth of the total U.S. population may suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. In particularly severe cases of GERD, patients rely on the Linx Reflux Management System or “Linx band” to lessen the worst symptoms of their acid reflux. However, the FDA issued a recall in May 2018 for this device due to widespread reports of nerve damage, infection, and other serious injuries.

If you or your loved one have been affected by the Linx recall, our Odessa consumer product claims lawyer can help you fight for justice. With more than 20 years of combined experience serving injured clients throughout Midland and Odessa, we can take on some of the most complex product liability claims and help you seek fair compensation after an injury.

Ready to speak with a skilled attorney about your defective products case? Just call 432.214.8125 to contact the Dean Law Firm today.

What Is the Linx Band?

As one of the most common medical devices used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, the Linx Reflux Management System serves as an alternative to traditional proton pump inhibitors, and it is inserted into the upper stomach area by means of laparoscopic surgery. In theory, the Linx band is supposed to prevent an abnormally-shaped Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) from releasing caustic stomach acid into the esophagus – one of the primary causes of discomfort in GERD patients.

To keep that from happening, the Linx band is comprised of interlinked titanium beads arranged in a tight clasp formation. Each bead contains a magnetic core, which creates resistance and holds the gastric acid at bay. However, these beads have the tendency to separate from their clasp and leave exposed wires, leading to the need for immediate surgical intervention in some instances. The Linx Reflux Management System has also been known to migrate, and an improperly placed Linx band can cause a range of dangerous side effects and symptoms.

Here are some of the possible side-effects that may result from a defective Linx band:

  • Inability to swallow
  • Infection and septicemia
  • Diarrhea
  • Discomfort in the stomach and esophagus
  • Return of full-fledged GERD symptoms
  • Decreased gastric motility
  • Stomach bloating and cramping
  • Peritonitis
  • Serious pain and inflammation of the stomach

Protecting Consumer Safety Rights

Because there had been so many reports of defective Linx Reflux Management Systems, the FDA issued an urgent field safety notice to physicians in April of 2018, instructing them to examine their current inventory for signs of bead failure, and then communicate all relevant recall information to patients with a Linx. The Class 2 Device recall is still currently open to the public, and the FDA has requested that affected patients seek medical assistance immediately.

If you’ve experienced life-threatening injuries because of an improperly-placed or defective Linx band, both the parent company Torax and the medical practitioner who inserted your Linx could be liable for damages. At Dean Law Firm, we have the skill and experience to fight back against negligent companies and physicians on your behalf, and we can provide the compassionate legal counsel you need during this difficult time. Additional surgeries can be dangerous and costly, so if you’ve been hurt by a defective product, you deserve to seek justice.

Don’t hesitate to call us at (432) 214-8125 today to schedule your consultation in Odessa and surrounding areas!

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