Although medical devices have revolutionized health care, when they are defective these devices can have disastrous consequences. If a medical device manufacturer designs and sells a defective medical device, they end up injuring patients they are supposed to help.
Furthermore, instead of recalling a faulty device, some manufacturers will try to cover up the problem and deny anything is wrong with their device. When the product remains on the shelves of medical supply stores and in hospitals, more people will inevitably suffer. It is then the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) responsibility to issue a product recall to remove that device from the marketplace. Sadly, this step is often the last resort, occurring after hundreds or thousands of consumers become injured from a medical device.
How a Defective Device Becomes Widely Sold
Manufacturers do not create devices with the intention of hurting patients. A device becomes defective when it is not properly tested or the research is not conclusive before the product is designed.
It is the FDA’s responsibility to protect the public from any health hazards that may be caused by a defective medical device or implant. New products undergo years of laboratory and clinical testing before they are approved for widespread use. However, these tests are not infallible.
Oftentimes, despite the FDA’s rigorous approval process, dangerous medical products are introduced into the marketplace. Unfortunately, it is only after a significant number of consumers become injured and file legal complaints that a mass recall is issued.
Common Types of Defective Medical Devices
There are hundreds of devices that have been deemed “defective” throughout the years. These devices range from breast implants and birth control patches to artificial hips and heart stents.
Common defective medical devices include:
- Pacemakers that stopped or failed to keep a proper heart rhythm
- Any malfunctioning device, such as a pain pump or insulin pump
- Heart valve implants that leak or break, resulting in repeated surgeries or death
- Infections caused by improperly made or non-sterilized devices
- Improperly sterilized gynecological devices that can cause infection, infertility or miscarriages
- Breast implants or any devices that can cause damage to the immune system
- Defective hip implant or knee replacement parts
Why File a Claim?
If you become injured by a defective medical device, you and your family deserve to be compensated for medical expenses and emotional anguish. However, filing a claim against a neglectful manufacturing company is imperative for holding that company responsible for its actions. Also, if your family member dies as a result of a defective device, payment is critical to cover burial expenses as well as to secure the financial future of your family.
At The Cochran Firm, we know how sensitive and difficult wrongful death cases and product liability claims are, when our family members have been victimized.