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When Medical Devices are Found Faulty, Serious,
Possibly Critical, Injury can Result

When Medical Devices are Found Faulty, Serious, Possibly Critical, Injury can Result

When Medical Devices are Found Faulty, Serious, Possibly Critical, Injury can Result

Medical devices can save lives, but not if a faulty design prevents them from working properly or if a part of the product were to become contaminated during the manufacturing process. A defective medical device can make the condition it was designed to treat worse, sometimes a great deal worse.

Often, medical devices require an operation to be transplanted inside the patient; if a device is found not to work properly, or to have unintended unhealthy side effects, this could necessitate one or more follow-up surgeries, called “revision surgery,” to remove or otherwise address the implanted problem.

Medical devices are extensively tested before they are prepared for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which approves all medical devices before they can be sold on the U.S. market – although the devices’ manufacturers remain ultimately responsible for ensuring the product’s safety.

Every year, millions of people are implanted with medical devices, the list of which includes hip replacements and transvaginal mesh products; they allow this under the belief that these products will enable them to live a healthier, better-quality life. But if these products were to be defective in some manner, they stand to make a person’s health problems worse, leaving them at risk for a variety of debilitating injuries. This risk is especially high for people requiring long-term care.

When a medical device is discovered to be defective, it’s the manufacturer’s responsibility to inform the FDA and the public about the flaw and any potential risks that may arise. If the manufacturer does not properly inform the public and the FDA in a timely manner about the defect, it can be considered an act of negligence, which can make the company liable for injuries, illnesses or deaths that may occur due to the faulty device.

Many problems with defective medical devices only become apparent with the passage of time. If the device is implanted, this means a person can quite possible suffer a variety of symptoms quite extensively in the time it takes for the revision surgery to occur. Even then, revision surgery does not always solve the problem, which sometimes requires repeated surgery.

If you, or your loved one, has been harmed by a defective medical device, you may have valuable legal rights. Please feel free to contact us by completing the form at the right or call us at 1-800-LAW-FIRM (1-800-968-7529).

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UK Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

Jan 23, 2015
Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has recalled its Renasys negative pressure wound care systems in the UK because of the risk of maceration,...

FDA Warns against Use of Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft in Patients Under Age 18

Jan 22, 2015
In a safety alert issued Jan. 21, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that bone graft substitutes containing recombinant proteins or...

National Law Firm, Parker Waichman LLP, Seeks Increased Transparency and Ethics from Medical Device Makers This Year

Jan 2, 2015
In 2015, Parker Waichman LLP hopes for increased testing, safety, and efficacy in the processes and marketing used by the medical device industry so...

Case over Stryker Bone Medical Devices can Proceed, Federal Judge Rules

Dec 30, 2014
For the most part, a lawsuit alleging that Stryker Corp. promoted the off-label combining of two medical devices can move forward, a Louisiana...

Judge Urges C.R. Bard to Settle Vaginal-Mesh Cases

Dec 16, 2014
A federal judge is urging device maker C.R. Bard to settle thousands of lawsuits over defective vaginal-mesh implants because juries may award...

Health Canada Issues Updated Warning on Power Morcellators

Dec 15, 2014
Health Canada, the nation's health regulatory agency, has issued updated safety information on power morcellators. In a Safety Notification issued...

Reusable Menstrual Pads Classified as Medical Devices and Retailers Must Pay FDA Fee

Dec 15, 2014
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FDA Places Most-Serious Class I Label on J&J's DePuy Synthes Recall of Jaw-Stabilizing Device

Dec 9, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed its most-serious Class I label on Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Synthes recall of its...

FDA Class I Recall for Siemens Healthcare Bacteria Test Kits

Dec 5, 2014
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FDA Issues Updated Guidance on Power Morcellators, Recommends Boxed Warning

Nov 26, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated safety information concerning the risk of spreading cancer through the use of power...

Urgent Alert: Insulin Pump Tubing May Detach

Nov 25, 2014
Health Canada, Canada’s health regulatory agency, and manufacturer, Unomedical, have issued a safety alert to insulin pump users. There is a...

Many Patients Undergo Unnecessary Knee Replacements, Research Suggests

Nov 21, 2014
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