When Medical Devices Fail
Implant Recalls and Medical MalpracticeMedical devices enhance the quality of life for many people. Pacemakers can extend and improve the lives of patients suffering from heart disease. Artificial joint implants can restore mobility for patients with severe arthritis or joint injuries. Sadly, the same devices intended to help individuals can cause more harm than good when medical devices and implants fail due to product defects. Severe injury, disfigurement, or death may result from medical device defects. In addition, patients may have to undergo corrective surgery or removal of the defective device.
If you have sustained injuries or lost a loved one due to a medical device or implant defect, an experienced Colorado personal injury attorney can advise you of your legal rights. If the manufacturer is at fault for the defective medical devices, you may be entitled to a settlement as compensation for your injuries or losses.
Common Medical Device and Implant Defects
While any type of medical device can have defects, some of the more common medical device defects include:
Hip and knee joint implants that fail to bond to patients’ bones
Pacemakers and defibrillators that fail to detect irregularities in heart rhythm or fail to deliver proper electrical impulses to the heart
Heart stents that cause blood clots
Medication pumps that administer too much or too little medication
Eye surgery lasers that cause temporary or permanent vision damage
Cosmetic implants defects, including silicone breast implants that leak and cause illness or injury
Reasons Why Medical Devices and Implants Fail
Manufacturing defects in medical devices and implants are generally one of two types. The first type is a defect in the design of the medical device. The second type is a defect caused during the manufacturing process. Medical devices and implants can also injure a person if they are improperly labeled, do not have proper instructions for use, or do not include warnings of all risks. In some cases, injuries from medical devices result when health care professionals use the devices improperly.
Testing and Recall of Medical Devices and Implants
Medical device and implant manufacturers are responsible for thoroughly testing their products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates medical devices, but not all medical devices on the market today have been tested by the FDA. In cases where a manufacturer creates a new product similar to one already on the market, the FDA may approve the new medical device without testing it. The FDA can issue recalls on defective medical devices and implants, but manufacturers are primarily responsible for issuing recalls.
Medical device defect cases can be extremely complex and technical. Therefore, proving that the manufacturer or another party was at fault for injury or death from a medical device defect is often difficult. If you or a family member has been harmed by a defective medical device or implant in Colorado, you should contact an experienced Colorado personal injury attorney to evaluate your situation and help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.