Innovations in medicine and technology have given us miraculous devices that can help alleviate health problems, protect us from complications, or repair or replace body parts that have deteriorated because of illness or the passage of time. When doctors recommend an implant such devices, it is reasonable to believe that they are safe and effective. We assume that such products wouldn’t be allowed on the market if they haven’t been sufficiently reviewed and tested.
Sadly, that assumption is often incorrect. Inadequately tested or negligently manufactured medical devices, marketed by companies who often know or should have known about the device’s faults, severely injure or kill thousands of Americans every year.
At the Patrick Yancey Law Firm, we fight for individuals who have suffered health problems or families who have lost a loved one because of a faulty medical device. All too often, companies who excitedly anticipate billions of dollars in revenue for their latest device put profits over patients by cutting corners on testing or making exaggerated or false claims about the device’s safety or effectiveness. We hold these multi-billion-dollar corporations accountable for their greed and recklessness and aggressively seek compensation on behalf of individuals and families who have suffered as a result of their conduct.
FDA Approval Does NOT Mean a Device is Safe
Before doctors can use a new medical device for patients, the device must be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But the FDA testing and approval process is far from foolproof. Just because a device has received FDA approval does not mean it is free from dangerous and potentially fatal flaws. In fact, recalls of approved medical devices have skyrocketed in recent years, according to one report.
Often, a device can spend years on the market being implanted in thousands of patients before the FDA, doctors, or researchers realize that the device has serious problems or can cause catastrophic side effects, complications, injuries, or death. By that point, the damage has been done to all too many patients.
Reasons a Medical Device May Be Faulty
A medical device may be faulty for several reasons, including:
- Defective design.
- Improper manufacturing.
- Inadequate testing.
- Software problems.
- Deceptive marketing.
- “Off-label” use.
- Inadequate warnings.
Examples of Faulty Medical Devices
As noted, scores of medical devices are recalled every year, and reports of problems with approved devices can flood into the FDA well-before a product is removed from the market.
Some of the most widely used devices that have led to hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for patients who suffered serious health problems include:
- IVC filters
- Metal-on-metal hip replacements
- Stryker hip replacements
- Wright Medical hip replacements
- Transvaginal mesh
- Bair Hugger blankets
- Power morcellators
- Hernia mesh
Call the Patrick Yancey Law Firm Today for Your Free Case Evaluation
Suffering injuries, adverse health effects, pain, and expense due to a faulty or defective medical device can be a traumatic and difficult experience. At the Patrick Yancey Law Firm in Houma, our Louisiana faulty medical device attorneys understand the struggles faced by those who have been harmed by such products. We also understand what it takes to obtain justice and compensation for such injuries, and have helped clients get the resources they need to recover and move forward with their lives.
If you believe that you have suffered adverse health effects from a dangerous or defective medical device, please call us today to arrange for your free initial case evaluation.