Defective Ear Tube Attorneys
Did your child sustain injuries or suffer complications from a defective ear tube? Are you interested in learning about your legal options for seeking compensation from the manufacturer? If so, contact the Alabama defective medical devices lawyers of Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP to represent you in your case. Manufacturers should always ensure they’re selling safe products to consumers. Adhering to safety guidelines and other specifications is especially crucial during the manufacturing of medical devices. A flaw in the design or a defect caused during assembly could result in a dangerous ear tube.
Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP has over two decades of experience helping injured clients get back on their feet after getting hurt from a product defect. It’s unfair that your child is forced to face medical treatment, pain, and other issues because of the manufacturer’s negligence. Our defective ear tube attorneys are ready to put our knowledge of state laws to good use and fight for the maximum compensation you need and deserve. To find out more about how you can hold the manufacturer liable for their actions, call us for a free consultation at (205) 324-1212.
What Are Ear Tubes?
Also called ventilation tubes, pressure equalization tubes, tympanostomy tubes, and myringotomy tubes, ear tubes are small plastic or metal tubes inserted into the ear. They allow ventilation in the middle ear to prevent the buildup of fluid. Doctors typically recommend this surgical procedure for children experiencing frequent ear infections resulting in hearing loss.
Ear tubes might be necessary for children with certain conditions, such as:
- Middle ear infections
- Hearing loss
- Fluid trapped behind the eardrum
- Chronic middle ear infections
- Chronic suppurative otitis media
The middle ear contains eustachian tubes that are supposed to drain secretions, keep the area ventilated, and regulate air pressure. When inflammation or swelling occurs, fluid accumulates in the middle ear. This type of problem is more common in children due to their narrow eustachian tubes, which make it much harder for the middle ear to drain fluid.
Common Risks Associated With Ear Tube Defects
If the ear tube is defective or a doctor doesn’t place it correctly in the ear, it could lead to complications ranging from minor to severe:
- Scarred or weakened eardrum
- Ear infections
- Displaced tube
- Persistent fluid draining
- Buildup of mucus, blood, or other secretions blocking the tube
- A hole in the eardrum fails to close after removing the tube
Serious bacterial infections in the ear could lead to significant medical problems, such as meningitis. It’s vital that you speak to the doctor about the surgery and potential risks before moving forward. You should pay attention to any unusual side effects your child experiences and seek medical treatment immediately.
Why You Need A Defective Ear Tube Attorney
At Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP, we know the legal process can take time and become overwhelming for many people. It’s frustrating seeing your child in pain, and all you want to do is fix the problem. The manufacturer’s error led to the situation you’re in, and it’s your right to hold them liable. However, you might not understand your rights or know how to initiate a lawsuit. If you encounter issues along the way and don’t know how to resolve the complications you’re facing, you could lose your case.
One of the first steps you need to take after discovering your child’s defective ear tubes may have caused their injuries is to hire an experienced defective ear tube attorney from Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP. We can handle the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on caring for your child.
We will investigate the cause of the injury or medical condition they developed to determine if the ear tubes are the culprit. We can also gather evidence to show the manufacturer’s actions resulted in a defective product.
While we’re working on your case, you should bring your child to the doctor immediately. An evaluation can determine if the ear tubes are causing their symptoms. They might recommend ongoing medical care, prescription medications, or surgery to correct the problem.
You should listen to what they have to say and ensure your child attends regularly scheduled appointments. Insurance companies have the perfect opportunity to deny someone’s claim if there are any gaps in treatment.
Also, be sure to maintain complete records associated with the injury. Medical records are instrumental in cases like this. It can provide a timeline of treatment and show the progress your child is making as they recover. You could end up with a small settlement amount or dismissed case if there isn’t enough evidence to show the injury resulted from the defective ear tubes. If you receive billing statements in the mail or physician notes from the appointments, give them to us.
The defective ear tube attorneys of Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP can request all copies of your child’s medical records, medical bills, and other documents. You don’t have to worry about obtaining evidence. We can handle the complicated parts of the legal process, so you’re not forced to endure any additional stress. It’s only vital that you don’t throw away any documents you receive related to the case. We will handle the rest.
While your case is ongoing, you should avoid doing or saying anything that could negatively impact the outcome. Avoiding these steps can protect your rights to the maximum available compensation:
- Don’t make a habit of skipping doctor’s appointments. Your child’s medical records should contain consistent forms of treatment over a period recommended by the physician. If you allow too much time to pass in between the appointments or skip any that you scheduled, you could end up with a monetary award that doesn’t cover your expenses.
- Don’t talk to the insurance company. The representative might call you to try to obtain information about the case and find a valid reason to deny the claim. You might believe it’s an innocent conversation, but don’t let their friendliness fool you. Insurance companies typically look out for their own interests and want to avoid large payouts. If you say the wrong thing, they could use it against you during settlement negotiations.
The defective ear tube attorneys of Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP have the experience and knowledge to take on your case and battle against the manufacturer and their defense attorneys. We are aggressive in our negotiating tactics and won’t back down until we achieve your legal goals. You should receive the financial compensation necessary to treat your child’s injuries so they make a full recovery and can return to their usual activities.
Compensation You Could Pursue for Your Child’s Injuries
Ear tube defects cause not only physical harm to the victim but also creates an economic burden for the person paying for the medical treatment and associated costs. You want to see your child recover, but you worry about the expenses you’re incurring and whether you can afford them.
When you file an insurance claim or lawsuit, you can seek an amount of money that will cover the past and future losses suffered from the defective product, such as:
- Medical bills
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Out of pocket expenses
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages and earning capacity
Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP can review the facts of your case and decide what would be a fair financial award to compensate for your losses adequately. If your child requires future treatment to manage chronic pain or a permanent disability, you need compensation to cover those medical bills. We want to ensure you’re not responsible for any expenses after resolving your case.
We might consider specific factors when determining the value of your case, such as:
- Type of injury and how serious it is
- The emotional or psychological damage caused by the injury
- Total expenses incurred
- Length of time it takes to recover
- Lost wages from driving your child to and from doctor’s appointments
- Diminished quality of life
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Future cost of necessary medical treatment
- The estimated value of physical pain your child experienced
Severe injuries typically require higher insurance settlements or monetary awards in a lawsuit. We know the manufacturer’s negligence resulted in a defective product you thought you could trust to prevent your child’s ear infections. The device ended up causing significant harm instead. You won’t have to face the manufacturer alone or feel overwhelmed by the strict deadlines, confusing paperwork, and intimidating court proceedings. With Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP by your side, you will be in excellent hands.
Contact Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP Today
We believe in representing the injured and allowing them to seek justice for their injuries. Children can’t pursue a legal case, so it’s up to you to be their advocate. Throughout your entire case, we will fight by your side and provide the guidance and support you need to get through this challenging experience.
Our legal team is available 24/7 to address your concerns and answer your questions. Unlike other law firms, we don’t take days or weeks to return your calls. Meeting and exceeding our clients’ expectations is important to us. You can depend on personalized attention and transparent communication from the moment you walk into our offices.
If your child suffered injuries from a defective ear tube, call Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP at (205) 324-1212 today. One of our defective ear tube attorneys can meet you for a free consultation. We’ll discuss the best strategy for holding the manufacturer accountable for the pain you, your child, and your family were forced to endure.