Defective Medical Devices
In recent history, medical devices have revolutionized the field of medicine and healthcare, but when medical devices are defective, the results are often catastrophic. The device, which was designed and manufactured to improve the quality of patients’ lives, ends up doing precisely the opposite.
Additionally, rather than recalling faulty devices, manufacturers will sometimes attempt to cover up the problem, claiming nothing is wrong with their devices. Then the products remain in hospitals and on medical supply store shelves, leading to further injury and suffering. In the case of defective medical devices, it is within the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) purview to issue a product recall, but this step is unfortunately the last resort, only taking place after hundreds (or even thousands) of consumers are harmed by the device.
Common Types of Defective Medical Devices
Throughout the past few decades, hundreds of devices have been proven to be defective, ranging from breast implants to artificial hips. Other common defective medical devices include:
- – Pacemakers that ceased functioning or failed to keep a proper heart rhythm
- – Any malfunctioning device, such as an insulin pump
- – Heart valve implants which leak or break
- – Improperly manufactured or non-sterilized devices which cause infection
- – Improperly sterilized gynecological devices which can lead to infection, infertility or miscarriages.
- – Breast implants, which can cause immune system damage to the immune system
- – Defective hip implant or knee replacement parts
Protect Your Rights
If you or a loved one has been injured, or becomes injured, by a defective medical device, you and your family deserve to be compensated for your medical bills, surgeries, loss of wages and emotional anguish. You likely have many questions and concerns that you need addressed, and we would like to help. Please reach out to one of our medical device attorney specialists here at The Law Offices of Garcia and Ochoa, and schedule a free consultation so that we can sit down with you, go over the particulars of your case, and help you determine what is the next best step for you and your family.