There are more than 100,000 medical devices on the market today in the United States. High-tech medical devices have helped revolutionize modern medicine, greatly improving the quality of care available to patients. However, when they are defective, the consequences can be life-altering. Thousands of people are injured or killed each year due to the effects of faulty medical devices.
We all know that manufacturers never create devices with the intention of hurting patients. However, that doesn’t remove the responsibility they have when a device does hurt a patient. Some medical device manufacturers, instead of recalling a faulty device, will try to cover up a problem and deny there are any problems with their device. When a medical device is found to be defective, the manufacturer must inform the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the public about the flawed device, as well as any potential risks the product may pose.
If you or a loved one has suffered because of a faulty medical device, you need an experienced attorney to help make sure that you get the compensation you need and deserve to get back on your feet and get your life in order. The dedicated professionals of the Fitch Law Firm in Columbus, Ohio, have years of experience helping victims of faulty medical devices receive the compensation they deserve. Call 855-LAW-OHIO for a free consultation.
What happens when a product is defective?
A device becomes defective when it is not properly tested by the manufacturer, or the product is designed and launched before the research is conclusive.
Millions of people are implanted with medical devices each year, ranging from hip replacements to transvaginal mesh products. These patients undergo these procedures and have these devices implanted with the belief that these devices will let them live a higher quality life.
Oftentimes, in spite of the rigorous approval process used by the FDA, dangerous medical products still 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.
Many problems with defective medical devices are only apparent many years after they have been implanted. This means the patient may suffer a variety of symptoms before they have revision surgery, which is required to remove or repair the defective product.
How we can help
There are hundreds of devices that have been deemed defective in recent years. These devices range from breast implants birth control devices to artificial hips and heart stents.
Some of the defective medical devices we are currently investigating include
- Depuy hip implant
- IVC filters
- Stryker hip
- VW-Audi emission fraud
- Warming blanket
- Zimmer knee replacement products known as Next-Gen and Persona
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a faulty medical device, damages sought against negligent medical device manufacturers can include:
- Past and future physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment
- Past and future medical, incidental and hospital expenses
- Past and future loss of earnings and earning capacity
- Punitive damages
- Wrongful death if the victim was killed
If you become injured by a defective medical device, you and your family deserve to be compensated for medical expenses and emotional anguish. Contact the Fitch Law Firm at 855-LAW-OHIO today for a free consultation and to find out how we can help you with your faulty medical device laws.