Defective Medical Devices
If you have been injured as the result of a defective medical device, the attorneys with Johnson & Vines Law Firm want to help. Designed to aid in the diagnosis and/or treatment of health-related issues, a medical device, when properly functioning, has the potential to vastly improve the lives of people who are suffering from illnesses, chronic diseases or health-related abnormalities.
While it is unfortunate that millions of Americans require medical devices to assist them, these instruments can be extremely useful on a daily basis. On the other hand, a defective medical device may pose a serious health risk to patients. Medical device defects may leave patients at an increased risk of incurring a debilitating injury or death if the problem goes undetected. Complications associated with defective medical devices include leakage of the product, short-circuit and malfunction, suffocation, product-incurred injury during a procedure, post-operative problems and breakdown of the device. The most common types of defective medical devices include:
- Hip replacements, including metal-on-metal hips
- Transvaginal mesh (TVM)
- Intrauterine devices (IUDs), including Mirena
- Knee replacements
- Robotic surgical devices
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting the public from the health hazards or dangers that can result from a defective medical device or implant. Although many products undergo years of clinical testing before they are approved for use, some defective medical devices continue to be placed onto the market and may subsequently cause thousands of catastrophic injuries and deaths each year.
Johnson & Vines, PLLC wants to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled if you have suffered from an injury due to a defective medical device. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your situation, damages may include emotional distress, financial losses, pain and suffering and medical expenses. In some instances, you may also be eligible to recover punitive damages for another party’s negligence or wrongdoing.