Medical devices of all types can provide significant benefits and improve the quality of life for many recipients. Medical devices include many varied items, ranging from hip replacement products, contraceptive implants, cardiac stents, pacemakers, and many others that patients rely on for their health and well-being.
However, these same devices can have flaws or damages in their manufacture or usage, due to no fault of the patient, and can create significant side effects, such as serious illness or death.
When we think of medical devices, there are numerous examples of products that people rely on.
Contraceptive devices such as Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) have been a commonly used medical device for decades for women, to provide contraception. Other typical devices that come to mind are cardiac stents to relieve and prevent heart blockages, as well as the device known as a pacemaker, which regulates the heart rhythm.
Additionally, hip replacement components, LASIK eye surgery, and many more all fall under the category of medical devices.
These and other medical devices in the United States are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and are reviewed and monitored to ensure their safety and effectiveness. Yet thousands of patients in the U.S. suffer complications and serious side effects from medical devices annually.
When a serious illness results that appears to be related to a particular medical device, patients must resort to investigating if the device is the cause. These cases are medically complex, and a Philadelphia defective medical product lawyer can provide the experience that victims need in order to receive the best compensation possible.
A medical product liability claim will fall under one of the following:
Defectively manufactured medical devices: This covers devices that are manufactured with a defect or other damage, which can occur directly in the manufacturing process.
Medical devices with a defective design: This covers devices that have a flaw in their design that causes them to fail.
Defectively marketed medical devices: These are devices in which the company provides incorrect or inadequate information about potential safety issues with device use. These also include devices that do not have sufficient or accurate instructions on how they should be utilized.
In recent years there have been high-profile cases of medical product liability claims that may be familiar to many, including transvaginal mesh surgeries and specific types of hip implant products.
Victims, or surviving family members in the case of fatalities, who pursue a medical product liability claim will need to document and prove the injury, and that the product itself was responsible. If a victim believes that medical advice or error by a physician or medical provider was also involved, they may also need to pursue a medical malpractice claim.
Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler are experienced defective medical product lawyers in Philadelphia who will work to get victims the compensation they deserve. Please contact us at 215-569-4000 for an initial consultation or complete our online form. We represent clients in Delaware County, Chester County, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.