In a terrible twist, a medical device that promises to restore health and improve quality of life has done just the opposite, and caused a serious, permanent injury and even death. This is the situation in many defective medical device cases we handle. Sometimes problems arise, including infection, inflammation, and rejection of an implant that lead to complications, pain, illness and even death. Failed devices are frequently recalled by the manufacturer.
A medical device accomplishes its goal through a physical, mechanical, thermal, physio-chemical or chemical means. Medical devices may range from simple instruments such as tongue depressors and thermometers to retail or prescribed devices such as blood sugar meters and surgically implanted devices like artificial hips and surgical mesh.
Retail or prescribed medical devices are also sometimes called home health devices or home medical services. These devices may be purchased over-the-counter by the patient available in retail stores such as drugstores and stores specializing in home health equipment. They may also be prescribed by and used under the care of licensed practitioners including doctors, dentists, optometrists or veterinarians. These types of medical devices include various prostheses, ventilators, apnea monitors, respiratory disease management services, sickle cell tests, ultrasound monitors, and in some jurisdictions, hypodermic syringes may fall under this classification.
Surgically implanted medical devices are man-made products usually made of biomedical materials such as titanium, silicone, apatite, plastic, ceramic or other materials that should not interfere with or irritate existing biological structures. Examples include orthopaedic devices such as artificial hips, knees, and shoulders; pins, rods, screws and plates used to hold fractured bones together as they heal; pacemakers, cochlear implants, and drug delivery devices such as stents.
Our attorneys are privileged to represent individuals harmed by the medical device industry. Our attorneys are honored to be among an exclusive group of trial lawyers that are willing and able to stand against medical device companies. Our team of experienced attorneys represent victims with a wide range of injuries against many different companies that manufacture and market defective medical devices. All too often we find that the top priority of device makers is profit, not patient health. Rather than readily investigate potential safety problems, they are slow to examine and even slower to admit a device is defective or dangerous.
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