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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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Study Suggests there May be No Benefit to Using Newer Joint Replacement Systems

Sep 16, 2014
There may be no clinical benefit to using newer joint replacement systems compared to older ones serving the same function, according to a systematic...

DePuy Pinnacle Trial Moves Forward, More Witnesses Take the Stand

Sep 12, 2014
Jurors continue to hear testimony from DePuy witnesses, as the first trial over the metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant...

J&J Knew of Metal Poisoning Concern with Hip Implants in 2001, Attorney Says

Sep 10, 2014
Testimony in the first case to go to trial over the DePuy Pinnacle artificial hip indicates that the company knew as early as 2001 the metal-on-metal...

First Bellwether Trial for DePuy Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal Hips Begins

Sep 4, 2014
For Johnson & Johnson, this week is the start of the first trial over allegations that the defective design of the metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle...

DePuy Synthes Recall is Labeled as Class I, Carries Risk of Airway Obstruction in Infants

Sep 4, 2014
DePuy’s recall of the Synthes Craniomaxillofacial (CMF) Distraction System (AB Distractor Bodies and BC Distractor Bodies) has been deemed...

New Rules for Evidence Collection in Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Aug 29, 2014
The federal court overseeing the consolidated lawsuits involving allegations of injuries to women caused by implanted vaginal mesh devices...

FDA Class I Recall for Cardiovascular Systems Blood Vessel Device

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St. Jude Medical's Riata Lead Externalization Linked to Electrical Failures, Study Finds

Aug 13, 2014
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Another Study Raises Skepticism about Intuitive Surgical Robot

Aug 13, 2014
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500 Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Settled by C.R. Bard

Aug 7, 2014
C.R. Bard has reportedly agreed to settle 500 lawsuits alleging that its transvaginal mesh implants are defective and cause serious injuries in...

Study: Morcellator Cancer Risk Broader than Initially Believed

Jul 31, 2014
Power morcellators, which have recently been associated with the spread of uterine cancer, may also have the potential to spread other cancers in...

FDA Turns Down Consumer Safety Group's Petition to Ban Transvaginal Mesh

Jul 31, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected a petition to ban transvaginal mesh implants, which have been fraught with safety concerns...
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