Medical devices exist for a reason. Their intention is clear: help patients in need. However, large pharmaceutical companies that manufacture these medical devices also have a strong focus on profits, so they may ignore deadlines and put out a defective product that causes more harm than good.
As long as there have been defective medical devices, people who have suffered harm have filed lawsuits that help provide them with the chance to pursue compensation. Below, we’ll provide a timeline regarding how far back the problem goes and what you can do to help your case.
Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
In 2012, the British Medical Journal detailed the problems behind regulation of metal-on-metal hip implants. However, it’s long been clear that these medical devices have had problems that cause significant harm. Unfortunately, the metal on these devices often shreds off the implant and spreads to other parts of the body, and causes infections and other issues.
One of the biggest problems involving defective ventilators is the possibility of them no longer working but no alarm sounding. This means medical professionals would not recognize the potential halt in ventilation, causing the patient to receive insufficient amounts of oxygen, which could be fatal.
Knee replacements create numerous problems because they can cause swelling, pain, and other problems around the knee. In most situations, those who experience a defective knee replacement must undergo revision surgery, which can be very painful.
If you have been the victim of a defective medical device, know that you have rights. You can hold negligent medical device manufacturers accountable for their oversights and pursue compensation for your damages.
Our Jackson defective medical device lawyers at ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP stand in your corner and work on your behalf. We can work to build a strong case on your behalf with your best interests in mind every step of the way.