Medical devices like blood clot filters and power morcellators are designed to help protect patients from harmful medical conditions, and are marketed by their manufacturing companies as safe and effective for consumer use. Unfortunately, what many consumers don’t know is that both IVC filters and power morcellators have been linked to an alleged risk of potentially life-threatening side effects in users, and there are hundreds of other defective medical devices on the market in the United States that may pose a risk of serious injury or death for patients. If you believe you have been adversely affected by side effects of a defective medical device, contact the experienced product liability lawyers at Banner Legal today to explore your possible compensation options.
The majority of medical devices currently on the market, particularly non-implantable devices like the Bair Hugger warming blanket, may seem perfectly safe, when they actually have the potential to cause devastating and possibly even life-threatening side effects in users. The Bair Hugger blanket, for example, is a device commonly used during knee and hip replacement surgeries to keep patients warm and prevent hypothermia, blood loss and other complications. It’s hard to imagine a disposable surgical blanket causing any harm to a patient, being that it’s only draped over the patient during the procedure, but studies have shown that the forced-air design of the Bair Hugger blanket may allow bacteria and contaminants from the operating room floor to be blown into the sterile surgical field, posing a risk of deep joint infections, MRSA, sepsis, and the need for revision implant surgery or amputation of the affected limb.
The fact that some medical devices approved by the FDA have the potential to cause serious injuries in consumers is alarming enough, but when medical device makers choose to conceal these risks from the public, consumers are robbed of their right to make educated decisions about which devices are safe for them to use, and which have risks that clearly outweigh the possible benefits. This issue is only compounded by the FDA’s 510(k) fast-track approval process, a regulatory loophole that allows device manufacturing companies to get their products on the market without conducting rigorous testing and research, as long as they are “substantially similar” to devices already on the market. Often, the risks of these devices aren’t revealed to the public until they have been used in thousands of patients, exposing each and every one to potential injury.
Going up against a well-established medical device maker like C.R. Bard or Johnson & Johnson isn’t easy, especially for injured or ill individuals who have no history in product liability litigation. Device manufacturing companies know that most victims of defective device injuries will choose not to file a claim, and for those who do, they can drag the trial out for months or years in hopes that the victim simply gives up. That’s why it is imperative that you hire a product liability lawyer who has extensive experience in handling defective medical device claims, one who has access to individuals who can provide expert testimony in the areas of engineering, medicine, and other fields that may pertain to your defective medical device case.
It’s one thing to withhold information from the public about the risks of your medical device, but it’s another thing entirely to continue promoting your device as safe and effective, knowing that this isn’t the case. Unfortunately, that is exactly what some medical device makers do; they downplay the risks of their product, or hide them altogether, while marketing that same product to unsuspecting consumers, putting them at an unnecessary risk for serious injuries or even death. If you or a loved one has suffered major side effects you believe to be caused by a defective medical device, consult the experienced defective medical device lawyers at Banner Legal as soon as possible to discuss your options for legal recourse.
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