Defective Medical Device Lawsuits

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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 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.

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Defective Medical Devices Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Considered a Medical Device?

Defective medical devices range from complex, implanted devices such as hip replacement parts and pacemakers to simple, seemingly harmless items such as sanitary wipes and medical products that the average person probably wouldn’t think of as devices, such as sterile lubricating jelly. Examples of defective medical devices and types of medical devices often found to be defective include:

  • Hip replacements
  • Knee replacements
  • Shoulder replacements
  • Hernia mesh
  • Bladder sling/Transvaginal mesh
  • Essure
  • NuvaRing
  • Intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUDs)
  • Implanted defibrillators
  • Pacemakers
  • Bair Hugger surgical warming blankets
  • Drug eluting stents
  • IVC filters
  • Pain pumps
  • Power morcellators
  • Surgical robots

What Types of Injuries are Caused by Defective Medical Devices?

Defective medical devices can cause a wide range of injuries, depending on what the device is used for and the nature of the defect. The severity of device injuries can range from minor to fatal. Examples of the types of harm that can be caused by defective medical devices include:

  • Recurrence of the condition the device was meant to correct
  • Pacemaker, defibrillator, or similar device fails to perform or activates when it should not
  • Severe infection
  • Sepsis
  • Inflammatory response
  • Allergic reaction
  • Device migration
  • Device breaking or pieces breaking off
  • Damage to surrounding tissue
  • Damage to surrounding bone
  • Heart attack
  • Loss of use of a limb
  • Amputation
  • Spread of cancer
  • Multiple revision surgeries which may not be successful
  • Permanent disability
  • Chronic pain
  • Significantly decreased quality of life
  • Death

If I Have a Defective Implanted Device, Why Can’t the Problem Be Solved by Simply Removing It?

In some cases, the problem can be resolved by removing or replacing the defective implanted device. Unfortunately, in many cases it is not that simple, for example:

  • Some devices cause permanent damage that cannot be corrected by removing the device, such as damage to tissue and bone caused by hip replacements.
  • In some cases, the surgery to remove a device such as a defective implanted defibrillator, is just as dangerous or more dangerous than living with the risk of malfunction.
  • Some devices, such as defective transvaginal mesh, need to be removed but cannot be fully removed even with multiple surgeries.

If I’ve Been Harmed by a Medical Device, is it Medical Malpractice?

If you were harmed by a defective medical device, your case falls under product liability. However, depending on the nature of the injuries, it can be very difficult for patients and their loved ones to discover or determine the cause of the harm. For instance, if you suffered severe infection after knee replacement surgery, it could be caused by a defective knee implant or by medical negligence such as unsanitary conditions during the surgical procedure.

To talk to an experienced defective medical device lawsuit attorney in your area, please contact today.