Defective Medical Device Attorneys for Filter and Implant Injuries
The medical device industry is a multibillion-dollar industry that is constantly growing. Every day, thousands of people undergo surgical procedures to implant a medical device in their bodies with the hope that it will improve their health. We trust that these devices are safe to put into our bodies and that they will help us. Unfortunately, many times, products that should be designed to help improve our lives do the opposite. Defective medical devices cause physical injuries, making patients worse off than before the initial surgery.
Types of Medical Products
Medical devices are classified into three categories based on the level of risk they pose to patients: high, moderate, and low. A high-risk device is one that could cause serious harm or death if it is not used as intended. A moderate-risk device is one that could cause harm if it is not used as intended, but the risk is not as high as a high-risk device. A low-risk device is one that is not likely to cause harm even if it is not used as intended.
Unfortunately, many high-risk devices are not adequately tested before they are released to the public. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only requires manufacturers to test a high-risk device for safety and effectiveness if the device is novel (has never been used before) or if there are significant changes to the device’s design. If a high-risk device has been used before, the manufacturer only has to show that the device is substantially equivalent to a device that has already been approved by the FDA.
Some of the most common types of medical devices that have caused injuries to patients include hip implants, spinal cage implants, pain pumps, IVC filters, and pelvic mesh and sling devices. Additionally, surgical tools can cause injuries, like the use of power morcellators for hysterectomies and the removal of uterine fibroids.
Hip implants are one of the most commonly used medical devices in the United States. However, they can also be responsible for causing serious injuries to patients. In some cases, hip implants have failed and caused patients to experience pain, difficulty walking, and other serious complications.
Spinal cage implants are another type of medical device that can cause injuries to patients. Like hip implants, spinal cage implants are often used to treat conditions like back pain. However, if they are not properly implanted, they can cause serious, life-threatening injuries.
Another type of medical device that can cause injuries to patients is a pain pump. A pain pump is a device that is inserted into the body to deliver pain medication directly to the site of the injury. While pain pumps can be helpful in reducing pain, they can also cause serious complications, like infections and blood clots.
IVC filters are another type of medical device that can cause injuries to patients. IVC filters are inserted into the veins to help prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs. However, if an IVC filter becomes dislodged, it can cause serious injuries, like blood clots and organ damage.
Pelvic mesh and sling devices are other types of medical devices that can cause injuries to patients. These devices are often used to treat conditions like urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. However, they can also cause serious complications, like pain, infection, and bleeding.
Surgical tools, like power morcellators, can also cause injuries to patients. Power morcellators are used to remove uterine fibroids and other tissue from the uterus. However, if they are used incorrectly, they can cause serious injuries, like cancer.
If you have been injured by a medical device or surgical tool, you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries. It is important to speak with an experienced medical device lawyer to learn more about your rights and options.
Your Defective Medical Device Case
If you have been injured as a result of a defective medical product, it is critical that you take action immediately. You need to seek legal representation to protect your rights and make sure that the product is preserved as evidence. Product liability claims can be very complex, and it is important to work with an attorney who is familiar with this area of law.
At Maschka, Riedy, Ries, & Frentz, we have experience handling product liability claims. We understand the importance of preserving evidence and will work tirelessly to build a strong case on your behalf. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a medical device, it is important to seek legal help right away. An attorney can help you determine if you have a case against the manufacturer or seller and can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Contact our medical device attorneys today for a free consultation and to learn more about your legal options.