In 1998 all St. Jude mechanical heart valves were recalled due to serious medical complication caused by the use of defectively designed silzone annuloplasty rings. According to numerous scientific studies conducted over the past two decades the use of the St. Jude heart valve can result in a significantly increased rate of paravalvular leaks leading to valve explants. Heart valve leaks can result in strokes, pulmonary embolism, blood clots and death. Claims against manufacturers of defective surgical implants are entitled to monetary compensation for all harms suffered. However such claims must be filed within a specific time period designated by the statute of limitations laws of the jurisdiction where the case is to be tried in. Failure to file a claim with the statutory filing deadline will extinguish any rights to compensation under the law.