Although modern medical devices have changed healthcare as we know it, they can cause serious damage when they’re defective. If a manufacturer of medical devices knowingly sells a defective device, they cause severe injury to the patients they’re supposed to be helping.
Though most of these defects are handled promptly, ethically, and professionally, some manufacturers attempt to cover up these problems, denying that they exist. When defective medical devices are sold by suppliers and used by doctors and hospitals, suffering is inevitable. Then, it’s the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) responsibility to intervene, issuing a recall and taking the device off the market. This step, however, is typically taken as a last resort after thousands of injuries have occurred. Here, you’ll learn more about medical device defects, and you’ll find out how an attorney can help you after you’ve been injured by such a device.
How Do Defective Medical Devices Make it Into the Marketplace?
Manufacturers don’t create medical devices with hopes of causing harm. Devices become defective when they’re not properly tested, or when preliminary research is found to be inconclusive before a product is designed. It’s the duty of the FDA to protect patients from the health hazards associated with defective implants and other medical devices. New products must undergo years of clinical and laboratory testing before they’re approved for general use. Though these tests usually point out problems, they’re not infallible. Often, despite the FDA’s strict approval criteria, dangerous medical devices find a way onto the market. Unfortunately, it’s only after numerous patients are injured and subsequently file complaints that a widespread recall is initiated.
The Most Common Medical Device Defects
Through the years, hundreds of medical devices have been classified as defective. Ranging from contraceptive patches and breast implants to heart stents and artificial hips, they run the gamut. The most common defects are:
The birth control impact, Essure causing women’s fallopian tubes or uterus to perforated after the insertion of the product, while others experience the device breaking, causing ectopic pregnancies, and even death
Limited protection of Roundup, the weed killer, resulting in cancer
Respiratory issues and ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder
Amputations and death caused by the medication, Invokana
Pacemakers that stop or fail to keep the right rhythm
Any problem with an insulin pump, pain pump, or other devices
Implanted heart valves that break or leak, resulting in serious injury or death
Infections caused by a poorly made or non-sterile device
Non-sterilized gynecological devices, which may cause infertility, infection, or miscarriage
Any device that causes immune system damage
Faulty knee or hip replacement parts
Why Should a Victim File a Legal Claim?
If you’re injured or a family member is killed by a defective device, you and other survivors deserve compensation for emotional anguish, medical bills, and lost income. However, filing a lawsuit against a negligent medical device manufacturer is necessary to hold that entity liable for the loss. Also, if someone dies because of a defective device, an award will cover their funeral expenses and protect their family’s financial future.
Get Legal Help Today
At Jacobs Law Office, we realize the difficulty and sensitivity of product liability and wrongful death claims, and we’ll help you recover after someone has been victimized. If you or a family member has been harmed by a defective device, please consult a product liability attorney in your area. Fill out the online contact form or don’t delay to call Pat today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.