Medical devices can help patients regain their quality of life after suffering an illness, injury, or loss of function because of old age. Sadly, some medical devices that are designed to improve your quality of life may instead hinder it if these devices fail to work as designed.
The lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. know that when a medical device is defective, the results can be tragic. Our firm is committed to providing you with personal attention, dedication to your case and a successful outcome.
Patients who have medical devices have already underwent surgery to have that device implanted. If this device malfunctions or is suddenly considered dangerous, another surgery may be required to remove and replace the device. This secondary surgery can be risky if your health is already in jeopardy and can lead to serious medical complications.
Common Defective Medical Devices
Over the past 10 years, there have been hundreds of medical devices that have been recalled due to defects. Some of these include:
- Pain pumps
- Medicine pumps
- Artificial disks
- Artificial hip replacements
- Silicone implants
- Implantable contraceptives and intrauterine devices
- Heart stents
- Artificial knee joints
- Heart valves
- Hernia patches
What Makes Them Defective
Many cases of defective medical devices are a direct result of the product manufacturer’s negligence. Often times, a company becomes eager for approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so they can begin selling the product, that the company does not perform the appropriate tests or conduct the necessary research. They may know or suspect that a defect is present, but not perform tests that would reveal the defect.
When a device is recalled, it does not always have to be surgically removed. If you find that your medical device is defective, you can discuss with your doctor the risk of removal and the risk to your health if that device malfunctions.
Defective medical devices may also be sparked by budget cuts. If further testing is needed and there is not enough money to conduct these tests, a company may recall its product. Design defects that are not discovered until after the product has hit the shelves may also prompt a massive product recall.
A recent US Supreme Court decision has limited your ability to file product liability lawsuits over defective medical devices. At Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd., our talented and compassionate lawyers have more than 75 years of experience fighting for the rights of product liability victims, and we understand the limits on these types of lawsuits. We can give you a fair and free appraisal of your chances in a potential lawsuit.
If you live in the Chicago area and have been injured by a defective medical device, please call or email our office today. We offer free consultations and will never charge unless we get money for you.
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