Defective Medical Devices Attorney in Charleston, West Virginia
New medical products and devices have changed healthcare as we know it. Unfortunately, there have been some instances where defects have occurred and caused damages. If a manufacturer knowingly sells a faulty product, they could cause severe injury to the patients that they are supposed to be helping.
Though most of these defects are handled promptly, ethically, and professionally, some manufacturers attempt to cover up these problems by denying their existence. When suppliers sell defective medical items and are used by doctors and hospitals, suffering is inevitable. It is then the responsibility of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to intervene, issue a recall, and take the product or device off of the market. This step is often the last resort after thousands of injuries have occurred.
How do defective medical products and devices make it into the marketplace?
Manufacturers don’t create these items with the intention of causing harm. Products and devices become defective when they are not tested properly, or when preliminary research is found to be inconclusive. It is the FDA's responsibility to protect patients from the health hazards associated with products such as defective implants and other medical devices. New products must undergo years of clinical and laboratory testing before being approved for general use. Though these tests are meant to find issues, the tests are not infallible. Often, despite the FDA’s strict approval criteria, dangerous medical devices find a way onto the market. It is only after numerous patients are injured and file complaints that a widespread recall is issued.
The Most Common Medical Product and Device Defects
Through the years, hundreds of medical products and devices have proven themselves to be defective. From contraceptive patches and breast implants, to heart stents and artificial hips, defects have been found across the board. The most common defects are:
Essure, the birth control implant, caused women’s fallopian tubes or uterus to perforated after the insertion of the product. Others experienced the device breaking, causing ectopic pregnancies, and even death
Limited protection of Roundup, the weed killer, resulted in cancer for many of the product's users
Respiratory issues and ovarian cancer caused by the product talcum powder
Amputations and death caused by the Type 2 Diabetes medication, Invokana
Pacemakers that stopped or failed to keep the right heart rhythm
Any problem with an insulin pump, pain pump, or another device
Implanted heart valves that broke or leaked, resulting in severe injury or death
Infections caused by a poorly made or non-sterile device
Gynecological devices that were not sterilized and led to infertility, infection, or miscarriage
Any device that caused immune system damage
Faulty knee or hip replacement parts
Why should a victim file a legal claim?
If you have been injured or have a family member who has been killed by a defective product or device, compensation for emotional anguish, medical bills, and lost income is possible. However, filing a lawsuit against a negligent medical manufacturer is necessary to hold that entity liable for your loss.
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At Jacobs Law Office, we know how difficult product liability and wrongful death claims can be. Pat Jacobs has helped injured individuals and families for over 40 years. If you or a family member has been harmed by a defective product or device, please contact us to set up a FREE consultation. We're here to assist you with whatever you may need. Don't delay, call Pat today.