Defective Medical Stent Lawyers
If you suffered injuries from a defective stent, contact an experienced defective medical device attorney from Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP right away. You might be entitled to financial compensation from the manufacturer. It’s their responsibility to ensure they provide safe products. If injuries occur, they could be held liable for the injured victim’s resulting medical bills and associated expenses.
With over 20 years of experience, our legal team will be ready to get you the full and fair compensation you’re owed. Stents are medical devices that should help, not harm you. Defects that occur during the design, manufacturing, or marketing process create dangers for the consumer. We’ll be ready to discuss your situation, your rights, and legal options, and how we can help you get justice if you’ve been hurt.
At Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP, we have the skills and resources to hold medical device manufacturers accountable for providing defective products. Call us at (205) 324-1212 for a free consultation to learn more about our legal services and how we can help with your defective stent lawsuit.
What Is A Stent?
A stent is a mesh tube that a doctor inserts into a blocked artery. It works by opening the artery to improve blood flow. It’s useful in patients at risk of a heart attack due to blood clots blocking the artery. However, researchers discovered that it might not be a long-term solution for at-risk patients and could even cause serious injuries and other medical problems.
One of the most common types of stents contains a polymer coating that releases a drug to prevent blood clots from forming. However, it can also cause other arteries to become blocked, increasing the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke in the future. Some problems associated with a defective stent include:
- Narrowing or re-clotting of the artery
- Internal bleeding
- Allergic reaction
- Artery and tissue damage
- Formation of a fistula
- Kidney damage
- Increased blood clots
Stents might also be an unnecessary procedure that was recommended by your doctor. Instead of prescribing medication or considering other forms of treatment, they might suggest a surgery that could cause additional medical complications. If you’ve experienced any unusual symptoms or believe you shouldn’t have gotten a stent in the first place, contact Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP immediately.
Hire A Defective Stent Lawsuit Lawyer and Seek Immediate Medical Treatment
If you think your stent is defective and led to your injuries, there are important steps you should take right away. Go to the doctor and explain all the symptoms you’ve been experiencing. Any unexpected side effects could be the result of a defective stent. The doctor will evaluate your injuries to determine a treatment plan. You should follow their instructions and attend all your appointments.
It’s also crucial that you hire an experienced defective stent lawsuit lawyer. While you’re treating your injuries, we can handle each step of your case. We can perform an investigation to determine if your stent caused your injury and what type of defect it contains. We will also need to collect evidence to prove your claim.
Medical records are essential in cases like this. As you’re treating, we can request copies of your records from your doctors and review them to ensure they contain the information necessary to show your injuries were the result of your stent. Without sufficient evidence, you could end up with a low monetary award that doesn’t cover your losses or no money at all.
There are also some things you should never do during a legal case. Whether you file an insurance claim or lawsuit, certain actions could result in a denied claim or compensation much lower than you deserve.
Don’t speak to the company’s representatives without a lawyer. You might say something that affects the outcome of your case. The company’s lawyers will look for reasons to offer a low settlement to save money. We can handle all communication on your behalf.
Don’t post anything on the internet. Social media has become popular, with many documenting their daily lives. However, this could negatively impact your claim or lawsuit. The opposing party’s attorneys might look at what you post during their investigation. If they find evidence that you didn’t sustain an injury or it isn’t as serious as you claim, you could end up losing your case.
Don’t skip doctor’s appointments or allow too much time to pass in between them. Gaps in treatment indicate a minor injury. Minor injuries typically mean lower financial compensation. If you didn’t attend many appointments, your medical bills shouldn’t be that high.
Don’t get rid of the evidence. You should keep all documentation associated with your case. Medical records, prescriptions, out of pocket expenses, and bills can help prove your injury and how much compensation you need to cover your losses.
Compensation You Could Seek from the Stent Manufacturer
Defective products like stents can cause emotional, financial, and physical losses. The costs you incur could create financial hardships for you and your family. If you’re unable to work due to your symptoms, you can’t earn a living to afford your medical treatment. It’s an overwhelming situation for anyone to find themselves in. You should not have to suffer any further when the manufacturer was responsible for your injury.
The past and future losses you could pursue in a lawsuit include:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Mental anguish
- Out of pocket expenses
- Permanent disability
- Loss of consortium
Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP can review your total losses to determine a fair amount to demand from the manufacturer or their insurance company. We might consider additional factors that could raise or lower the amount of money we believe will adequately cover your expenses and compensation for your suffering. These factors could include:
- The severity of your injury
- Duration of necessary medical treatment
- Emotional distress caused by the injury
- Life disruptions, such as missed work, canceled vacations, and inability to care for your family
- Total costs incurred
- Permanent impairment or disability resulting from the injury
- Estimated future cost of medical care
Generally speaking, the more severe the injury, the higher the compensation. We know your defective stent might have affected multiple areas of your life. You should be adequately compensated for that. The manufacturer’s actions were negligent and could have been avoided. We can help you pursue legal action and hold them accountable for their actions.
Laws Associated with Defective Medical Device Lawsuits
You must follow a statute of limitations if you want to file a lawsuit against the stent manufacturer. This is a strict deadline that you can’t miss. If it passes before you get the chance to file suit, you could lose the opportunity to seek compensation from the manufacturer for the losses you suffered. The statute of limitations in Alabama is two years. That means you have two years from the injury date to sue.
You might be able to delay the deadline if specific circumstances exist. In these situations, the clock would pause temporarily, providing extra time for you to file your lawsuit. They are:
- You were a minor at the time of the injury. The clock would not begin again until you turn 18 years old.
- You were incompetent when the injury occurred. The clock wouldn’t start unless you gain mental competency.
You could also extend the statute of limitations using the discovery rule. You might not realize your defective stent caused any injuries until the two-year deadline passes. The discovery rule allows additional time to file a lawsuit if you didn’t know about your injury on the date that it happened. The statute would start on the date you knew or should have known you sustained an injury.
Speak to An Experienced Defective Stent Lawyer
Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP has been representing individuals who’ve been hurt by defective medical devices and other products since 1997. We have extensive knowledge, experience, and resources to seek the maximum compensation for our clients. We will advocate for your rights and fight for the justice you rightfully deserve. You can depend on our dedicated legal team to handle every aspect of your case from start to finish.
We’ve been recognized by prestigious legal organizations and received various awards for our hard work and case results. Since opening our firm, we have been able to recover millions of dollars in jury verdicts and settlements. We believe in providing our clients with the legal advice, support, and guidance they need after getting hurt due to someone else’s negligent actions. You will not be alone during this challenging time in your life.
If you or someone you love sustained injuries from a defective or unnecessary stent, call Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP at (205) 324-1212. One of our defective stent lawsuit lawyers will meet you for a free consultation to discuss your case. We will review all the information you provide and inform you of your legal options. If you decide you want to move forward with your case, we will begin our work to get you the compensation you need and deserve.