Have You Been Harmed by a Defective Medical Device?
Medical device makers have a responsibility to ensure that the products they sell are safe for implantation in the human body. Tragically, the federal agency overseeing the release of such devices does little to no testing of them, giving companies a perverse incentive to rush them to market in order to start making a profit. All too often this results in needless harm and suffering to patients and their families.
Medical devices aren’t being tested, causing injury
You might expect that in order for a medical device to be implanted in the human body, the device would be required to undergo rigorous examination as new medicines are required to do, but that is not the case.
When most new medical devices are introduced, companies only have to file with the FDA and pay a fee of just over $4,000. In many instances, the testing of the product happens when the device is placed in the patient.
Compounding the problem is that when problems with medical devices arise, notification to patients is inconsistent. To a great extent this is because manufacturers of the medical devices do not know the identity of the patients, so the manufacturers notify the doctors of problems, who may or may not get word to the patients.
Devices with a history of causing harm
The following is a partial list of devices that have a history of injury to patients. Some have been pulled from the market, some have not. If you have one of these devices, you may be eligible for compensation.
Transvaginal mesh: Used to provide support for prolapsed uterus and bladder.
Gastric lap-band: Used to restrict the stomach, making it harder to overeat. In one study, over half the people experienced nausea and vomiting among many possible complications.
Artificial hips: Metal on metal artificial hip joints, especially made with chrome and cobalt, can cause metal particles to break free into the body, destroying nearby tissue.
Laparoscopic power morcellator: This is not an implanted device but is a procedure used to reduce tissue to smaller pieces for removal through small incisions. When used for removal of uterine fibroids or the uterus itself, unsuspected cancer could be spread in the body.
Defibrillator leads: Used to regulate the heart, can become abraded and malfunction.
Duodenoscopes: Used by doctors to see into the gastrointestinal tract, have caused infections by bacterial “superbugs”.
Breast implants: Saline implants were eventually banned in the 1990’s. Later soy based implants also caused problems for women.
IVC blood clot filter: Meant to catch blood clots before they can reach the heart, lungs or brain, the filters have been known to come apart and the pieces damage the heart. Patients could have the device for over five years before suffering life threatening complications.
Attorneys Helping Patients Injured By Faulty Medical Devices
At The Callahan Law Firm, our Houston medical device lawyers will analyze your case for free. Through our network of experts and alliances with other attorneys nationwide, we can help you or a loved one in your fight for justice. If you have been injured or a loved one has suffered from a defective medical device, contact our firm today for a free initial consultation. Our law firm handles cases on a contingency fee basis which means our attorney’s fees and case expenses are paid only if you make a recovery, whether by settlement or verdict.