Martin County Personal Injury Lawyer
Defective Medical Equipment and Devices
The legal team at Goldstein, Schmitt & Associates, PLC is dedicated to helping personal injury victims who have sustained undue harm, injuries or death at the hands of a negligent person, medical professional or manufacturer. If you or someone you love has experienced severe complications, adverse side effects, or have been required to undergo multiple surgeries, or if your loved one has died as a result of a defective medical device or equipment, a Stuart personal injury attorney from the firm would like to help.
A medical device is any instrument, machine, implant, apparatus, or other object which is intended to treat, assist, improve or prevent a disease or medical condition. There are thousands of medical devices on the market ranging from hip implants, to pace makers, to breast implants, knee implants, syringes and many more. Regardless of what the device is intended to be used for, it is required to adhere to certain regulations that have been set in place by the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).
The CDRH is the organization that sets standards for medical devices throughout the nation; it is also the agency that regulates medical equipment and devices in the United States. When a device fails to adhere to the standards of the CDRH, the FDA has the authority to request that the manufacturer issues a voluntary recall. If the manufacturer fails to comply with the request, the FDA can issue the recall instead.
Aggressive Legal Representation against Defective Medical Devices
Patients frequently rely heavily on the assistance and support of these medical devices. When the medical equipment or device fails to accomplish what it was designed to do, a serious defect can cause serious injuries to the patient, and in severe cases death. Unfortunately, defective medical equipment and devices do exist, and although rare, when you or your loved one are in that small percentage that is seriously injured, it can make you lose trust in the health care industry. The firm can handle various types of defective medical equipment and devices including:
- Bard Composix Kugel Hernia Mesh
- Knee Implants (DePuy, Stryker, Zimmer, and others)
- Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants (DePuy, Zimmer, Stryker, and others)
- NuvaRing Contraceptive Device
- Post-Operative Disposal Pain Pumps
- Transvaginal Mesh Bladder Slings (Bard, Johnson & Johnson, Mentor, Boston Scientific, AMS, and others)
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Some of the common side effects from using defective medical equipment can involve blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, tissue erosion, inflammatory response, cartilage destruction, pain, infection, stroke and sudden cardiac death among others. Although the CDRH often discovers device defects that prevent approval, many devices are found to have defects after they have been released to the general public.
Not only can these devices cause serious side effects and death, most patients also suffer from an extreme amount of pain and suffering. Medical equipment manufacturers have a large responsibility to market safe and reliable products. When they fail to maintain that standard and a defective device has caused serious injury or death, they have a responsibility to the consumer.
If you have been injured by a defective medical device, contact the firm immediately to schedule a free consultation. You may be legally entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, surgical costs and lost income.