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Defective Medical Devices: Problems You Should Know About

For countless years, doctors in many departments have utilized medical devices for the benefits of their patients. While these are supposed to be helpful tools, they can often result in many people suffering injuries. Unfortunately, defects can result in long-term issues, and those who suffer can file a class action lawsuit to pursue compensation.

If you have ever required a medical device, it’s vital to recognize the problems that may exist. Suffering harm is never easy, but it’s crucial to pursue compensation when you can. Below, we’ll explain the potential defective medical devices you should know about and what your rights are to move forward.

Here are defective medical devices to know about:

  • Paragard IUD
  • Hernia mesh
  • Knee replacements
  • Hip replacements

Suffering any kind of long-term harm because of a defective product is devastating. However, you can take legal action to hold the manufacturer of the product accountable for your harm, seeking compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.

If you endure harm because of a defective medical device, we’ll be here to help you. Call us today at (601) 265-6869.

Paragard IUD

The Paragard IUD is a contraceptive device that is inserted into a woman’s uterus and lasts up to 12 years. It’s a popular form of birth control that can even be used up to 5 days after unprotected sex. A safe installation is nothing to worry about, but there have been several complaints of the IUD causing significant problems in recent history.

Some of the complaints regarding the Paragard IUD include the following:

  • Organ damage because of the IUD shattering within the uterus
  • Scarring from the IUD shifting
  • Infections and pelvic pain
  • Device migration
  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Copper wire being left in the body

It’s crucial to seek medical attention if you endure harm.

There have been thousands of reports regarding the Paragard IUD and its defects over the last decade. If you have suffered harm because of a problem with this IUD or any other brand, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. Speak with a legal professional about your options and learn how you can pursue compensation for the harm you endure.

Hernia Mesh

A hernia occurs when some fatty tissue, an organ, or your intestines squeeze through a weak spot within your muscles. In many situations, this causes severe abdominal pressure and pain. Doctors may offer you a mesh device to help with this potential issue.

A hernia mesh helps to repair the hole or weak spot within the muscle. It’s often used when an individual’s body cannot handle undergoing surgery. The mesh helps to hold everything in place, but there have been significant damages associated with this medical device.

Some of the dangers of a hernia mesh include:

  • Infections because of the materials manufacturers use when making these devices
  • Adhesions that occur if the hernia mesh is coated
  • Bowel obstruction and issues with your liver
  • Mesh migration and bunching
  • Abdominal pain, renal failure, and joint pain

While many of the situations involving a hernia mesh defect result in pain, some cases can be life-threatening. It’s important to seek medical care quickly or you can experience long-term problems.

Knee Replacements

A knee replacement may be necessary whenever you experience significant problems, but some of the companies that manufacture these devices have a long history of complaints. One company in particular, DePuy, has been hit with several class action lawsuits because their knee Limb Preservation System has created numerous unnecessary risks.

Some of the issues involving the LPS have included fractures that lead to complications, such as:

  • Function loss
  • Limb loss
  • Infection
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Death

If you have a knee replacement device and feel as though you have a limited range of motion or swelling in your knee, you may need to seek medical care as soon as possible.

Hip Replacements

The same company that makes knee replacement devices, DePuy, also makes hip replacement products. Unfortunately, just like the knee replacement, the hip replacement device can cause significant problems for anyone who has it.

One of the biggest problems involving a metal-on-metal hip replacement is the possibility of increased levels of cobalt and chromium. As a result, individuals may experience necrosis and tissue infection, which can cause damage to your heart, kidney, liver, and nervous system.

Unfortunately, any time a hip replacement encounters a problem or defect, it may require a revision surgery to fix the problem. This can be a painful procedure and cause even more problems with your quality of life.

It’s important for you to hold negligence accountable if you suffer an injury because of someone else’s negligence. A defective medical device is not something to take lightly. Working with strong legal counsel can give you the confidence you need to navigate the complex processes that can arise.

At ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP, we work to help you obtain the maximum compensation available to you. Through the entire process, it’s crucial to have someone on your side that’s committed to excellence and is willing to take on large corporations when it matters most.

Our Jackson defective medical device attorneys have years of experience going above and beyond for our clients. We know how difficult it is to endure harm because of someone else’s oversight. With our team on your side, you can focus on your recovery while we handle all the legal matters. Let us be your voice.

Call us today at (601) 265-6869 and speak with a member of our team about your options.

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