A medical device such as a replacement hip or cardiac device is supposed to help you recover from a medical condition or injury. Unfortunately, some defective medical devices can actually cause injuries, which may be farther-reaching and more dangerous than the condition they are supposed to treat.
If you have been treated with a medical device that you feel has caused you more harm than good, you may be able to get compensation for your injuries with a defective medical device lawsuit. To learn whether you can use a defective medical device lawsuit to get compensation, please contact AccidentAttorneys.org today.
Recent Defective Medical Device Lawsuits
The medical devices sector has increased in size dramatically, and companies are eagerly pressing their medical devices into the market, often not testing them sufficiently before they are used. In recent years, this has resulted in a number of people suffering needlessly as a result. Some examples of defective medical devices that have recently caused injury include:
Hip, knee, and other joint implants
Implantable cardiac defibrillators and leads
Transvaginal mesh and hernia mesh
Implantable medicine pump
These defective medical devices and others have caused people excessive ongoing pain, required additional medical procedures, and sometimes cause systemic illness and death.
Exploiting a Regulatory Loophole
Many of the dangerous medical devices reach the market without rigorous testing (and sometimes without any testing at all) due to a regulatory loophole called the 510(k) procedure. This allows devices to be approved without a rigorous approval process if they are similar to devices already on the market, called its predicate device.
Unfortunately, the changes made between one device and its predicate can lead to dangerous effects. Changes are made in the material the device is made of, the way it is manufactured, and sometimes even the intended use of the device. With no testing, the actual impact of these changes is often unknown until thousands of the devices have been used, exposing all their recipients to potential injury.
You Can Help Close the Loophole
Regulators and Congress have been trying to close the 510(k) loophole for years, but it is unlikely that they will be able to do it in the near future. However, you can help effectively close that loophole now.
Companies use the 510(k) loophole to save time and money testing their medical devices. This makes the devices more profitable. But when manufacturers use the 510(k) loophole, they can be targeted by a defective medical device lawsuit. They count on the fact that most people will not file a lawsuit, and they’re right. Few injury victims do.
But you can change that. Your lawsuit can reduce the profitability of devices that go through the 510(k) process and show companies that it is never a good business practice to put people’s health and lives at risk.
Choose a Lawyer Who Can Help
Successful defective medical device lawsuits require that a lawyer have expertise in many areas, including engineering, medicine, and law. You have to choose your lawyer wisely to find one with the necessary expertise to give your lawsuit the best chance of success.
At AccidentAttorneys.org, our lawyers have all been recognized as being exceptional lawyers by their peers or by independent ratings agencies.
To talk to an experienced defective medical device lawsuit attorney in your area, please contact AccidentAttorneys.org today.