Medical Malpractice

Defective Medical Devices

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, there were twice as many medical device recalls in 2012 as there were a decade before. The increase in recalls includes many devices that were capable of killing patients when they failed. Even in cases where a defective medical device isn’t fatal, the damage suffered by the patient can be agonizing and life changing.

Common Medical Device Failures

Any medical device can fail. Certain products have made headlines after recalls revealed unacceptably high failure rates. These devices include:

  • Knee implants (prostheses)
  • Hip implants
  • Drug infusion pumps
  • Pacemakers
  • Medical monitoring devices

Some medical devices fail because of substandard parts or mistakes in their construction. Many fail because their designs were unsafe from the beginning. The FDA process for approving medical devices may not be sufficient given how quickly the industry has grown. Device makers are often using patients as test subjects to see whether a new device will function correctly over time. When the device fails, the maker can either deny liability or settle the suits and move on to the next device.

Serious Consequences to the Patient

The failure of a medical device implanted in your body is serious. Many patients experience terrible pain and loss of function. In many cases, one or more surgeries, known as revision surgeries, are required to remove and replace the offending device. Far from the improvement they were hoping for, these patients see their lives taken over by the consequences of a failed medical device.

Obtaining proper compensation in defective medical device cases requires skill and dedication. Many medical devices are produced by massive corporations that have a lot to lose when a device goes bad. You need an attorney who approach your case depends on the specifics of your situation. We take the time to understand our clients and their needs.

Talk to an Experienced Attorney in a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has suffered due to defective medical devices, J. Antonio Tramontana, Attorney at Law can help. We have extensive experience helping people who have suffered traumatic injuries. We handle medical malpractice cases, as well as product liability claims. If a medical device was faulty in its design or execution, or if the surgeons made mistakes in installing it, we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
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