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Huntsville Defective Medical Device Attorneys Hold Negligent Companies Responsible For Patient Injuries

Seeking compensation when medical treatment goes wrong

Without a doubt, modern medical technology and innovations has enabled many of us to live longer, healthier lives than would have been possible in the relatively recent past. The surgical implantation of medical devices such as pacemakers and artificial joints has become a relatively routine procedure in the United States, generating huge profits for the healthcare companies that design and manufacture them.

Unfortunately, these medical devices sometimes do not live up to the expectations of both doctors and their patients. Although all of these devices require the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before your doctor is permitted to use them to treat patients, such federal approval is not a guarantee of product safety. In addition, while the discovery of any defect in federally-approved medical equipment must be promptly reported to the FDA, these companies and manufacturers sometimes choose instead to cover up the problem in order to maximize profits.

At the law firm of Watson McKinney LLP, our experienced Hunstville defective medical device attorneys are dedicated to helping North Alabama residents whose recovery from health problems has been hampered by defective medical devices.

How can a medical device be defective?

A defective medical device generally falls into one of three defect categories:

  • Design Defects—These are defects which were present in the device before it was actually manufactured. For example, defectively designed breast implants can injure women when they rupture or leak.

  • Manufacturing Defects—Defects which occur at some point between manufacture of the device and its actual use, usually as the result of some type of error in the manufacturing or delivery process, such as when a device is somehow damaged or contaminated in transit, resulting in injury upon use.

  • Marketing Defects—This refers to the recommendations, warnings or instructions provided by a manufacturer explaining the safe use of the device. When a doctor uses a device for a particular use not approved by the manufacturer, this can raise the question of whether the manufacturer failed to adequately disclose the device's limitations.

As one might expect, determining which defect category applies to a particular injury can be difficult, particularly when multiple defendants are involved. As a result, these cases are often complicated and fact-intensive.

Which devices have been found to be defective?

Some of the medical devices which have raised concerns in recent years include:

  • DePuy hip implants—Recalled in 2010 after a patient failure rate of nearly 10%—causing injuries often resulting in follow-up surgery—the manufacturer of these devices allegedly failed to warn doctors and patients upon learning of possible design defects.

  • Transvaginal mesh—Introduced in 2004 to treat women who have suffered pelvic organ prolapses, the FDA announced in 2011 that complications caused by these implants were “not rare”. Despite efforts to ban the product, not to mention thousands of lawsuits filed by injured patients, the FDA has not yet reclassified the device as “high-risk”.

These are but two examples out of the many types of products and injuries which have come to light in recent years; annually, the FDA receives over 100,000 reports of defective medical devices from patients and health care professionals.

Consult with an experienced Alabama defective medical device attorney today

By representing Alabama residents who have been injured by defective medical devices, the skilled Huntsville defective medical device attorneys at the law firm of Watson McKinney LLP are not only dedicated to holding medical manufacturers responsible for injuries caused by their negligence, but also to raising awareness about the problems caused by these devices, hopefully preventing future patients from suffering similar injuries. If you have undergone medical treatment involving the use of a medical device, and you think that the device may have been defective either because of its ineffectiveness, the onset of new health problems, or the need for subsequent, we urge you to contact us today for a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Huntsville defective medical advice attorneys at (256) 536-7423, or toll-free at (800) 294-5112 or online.

 

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