Defective Medical Device Lawsuits

Alabama Defective Medical Device Attorneys

When someone suffers an injury because of a medical device, the manufacturer may be held liable for the damages the device causes. Typically, the manufacturer will be liable if the victim can prove the manufacturer failed to warn doctors and patients of the dangers associated with the device.

For example, if the manufacturer of a small filter implant did not tell anyone that it must be removed and replaced after one year, the company may be held liable when, after a year, the filter broke and lodged in the patient’s heart, causing death.

Alternately, a manufacturer may also be held liable for designing a defective device. For example, a device made of a material that easily disintegrates, causing contamination that requires emergency replacement or removal. Many medical devices simply don’t work as promised and can cause more harm than good.

Consider the person who receives a hip transplant only to be plagued by pain and discomfort for years before learning the implant itself was defective. That patient has to suffer through yet another surgery and the uncertainty of recovery.

Or the woman who has surgical mesh implanted to help with bladder problems only to suffer from repeated infections, pain and bleeding. She may need complicated surgery to remove the implant, leaving her in a worse situation than before.

Medicine has been making some extraordinary leaps and bounds during recent decades. One of the most visible ways in which it has advanced is the dramatically increased prevalence of implanted medical devices such as replacement hips, transvaginal and hernia mesh devices, artificial knees, metal joints and an array of screws, pins and plates to hold everything together. A recent article published by one medical device manufacturer espouses on the higher-than-average returns their stocks offer investors, beating out the S&P by three percent every year.

While they are raking in record returns thanks to the rapidly increasing demand and sale of their devices, many patients are suffering, and in some cases even dying, due to complications brought on by some of the devices they produce. Some of these complications occur due to devices being rushed to market without adequate testing; others occur due to allergic reactions or patient rejections. The end result is the same for the patient:They require replacement, corrective surgery or other expensive and often painful treatments to recover from harm caused by a device that was supposed to improve their life.

The personal injury lawyers at Farris, Riley & Pitt possess extensive experience advocating for victims of defective medical devices. Unfortunately, we see these types of cases every day. The companies who design, manufacture and supply medical devices have a duty to you, and if they don’t uphold that duty, you deserve compensation.

Active Medical Device Cases

  • Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
  • Depuy Hip Replacement
  • IVC Filter Lawsuits – Bleeding, Embolisms and Death
  • Medtronic INFUSE Bone Graft Implant Lawsuit
  • Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) Failure

Dangers Associated with Medical Devices

  • Migrating of the device
  • Breaking or splintering
  • Piercing organs or tissues
  • Blocking or clogging blood vessels
  • Causing infection
  • Rejection
  • Allergic reaction
  • Adhesion

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  • Medical Devices that Can Cause Serious Injury

    Medical devices that can lead to serious injuries include:

    • Hernia mesh implants
    • Blood clot filters
    • Stents
    • IUDs
    • Bladder Mesh
    • Transvaginal Mesh
    • Artificial knees
    • Artificial hips
    • Ear tubes
    • Breast implants
    • Cardiac defibrillators
    • Pacemakers
    • Screws, pins, plates, rods

    If you or someone you love has been hurt by a medical device or implant, you may be entitled to file a claim against the manufacturer. Farris, Riley & Pitt can help you navigate a personal injury claim and recover damages that fairly reflect the nature of your injuries.

  • Injuries Caused by Medical Devices

    Any one of the above events can cause injuries. It does not take much for a defective medical device to cause real harm to someone. Reports of dangerous device injuries include:

    • Internal Bleeding
    • Stroke
    • Severe Pain
    • Rash
    • Organ Failure
    • Intestinal Blockage
    • Heart Attack
    • Remedial Surgery(ies)
    • Fever
    • Emotional Distress
    • Death

We Will Represent Your Defective Medical Device Case

If you or someone you care about has been hurt by a medical device or implant, you may be entitled to file a claim against the manufacturer. Farris, Riley & Pitt can help you navigate a personal injury claim and recover damages that fairly reflect the nature of your injuries.

Manufacturer Liability

When someone suffers an injury because of a medical device, the manufacturer may be held liable for the damages the device causes. Typically, the manufacturer will be liable if the victim can show that it failed to warn doctors and patients of the dangers associated with the device.

For example, if the manufacturer of a small filter implant did not tell anyone that it must be removed and replaced after one year, the company may be held liable when, after a year, the filter broke and lodged in the patient’s heart, causing death.

Alternatively, a manufacturer may also be liable for designing a defective device. A design defect would occur when there is a flaw in the way the device was designed. For example, a breast implant made of a material that easily disintegrates causing leakage and the need for replacements may be a design defect. There may be a better, safer material.

Many medical devices simply don’t work as promised and can cause more harm than good.

Consider the person who receives a hip transplant only to be plagued by pain and discomfort for years before learning the implant itself was defective. That patient has to suffer through yet another surgery and the uncertainty of recovery.

Or the woman who has surgical mesh implanted to help with bladder problems only to suffer from repeated infections, pain, and bleeding. She may need complicated surgery to remove the implant leaving her in a worse situation than before.

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