Defective Medical Devices and Product Recalls
New Jersey Product Liability Attorneys for Victims of Implant Defects
Medical devices and implants should help improve your health and well-being. However, medical product defects can instead cause even more damage. A defective implant or other device almost certainly requires additional surgery, a difficult recovery and possibly permanent injuries. If a person relies on a medical device to manage a potentially lethal condition, such as a heart murmur, a defect can cause life-threatening injuries or wrongful death. The companies that manufacture and distribute medical devices have a duty to take all reasonable precautions to ensure a product is safe. However, when these companies neglect safety tests or industry regulations, the result may be a dangerous defective product.
At Keefe Law Firm, our product liability attorneys have extensive experience litigating cases involving defective medical devices and implants. In one case, our lawyers obtained a settlement of over $5 million for victims of defective DePuy hip implants. If you or someone you love suffered injuries as a result of product defects in a medical device, our law firm can help. We offer free consultations over the phone or at our offices in Red Bank, New Brunswick and Newark.
What are the Most Common Injuries Caused by Defective Medical Devices?
Any defective product can cause catastrophic injuries. However, since medical devices are often implanted into the body, any defect, no matter how small, can do extensive damage. Removing or replacing a defective product like this often requires more surgery. Possible injuries that may result from a defective medical device include:
- Broken bones. Hip and knee implants are typically secured to the bone to correct a break. If the implant fails due to product defects, the bone, which may already be weakened by the implantation process, can break. These breaks are often more serious and difficult to repair than the original injury.
- Heart attack or strokes. When devices like pacemakers and stents malfunction or are defective, the victim may go into cardiac arrest.
- Poisoning. Medical devices with manufacturing defects may include toxic materials. For example, leaking breast implants may cause potentially lethal poisoning. Additionally, defects in drug delivery systems may also lead to deadly overdoses.
- Blood clots. Some devices can increase your risk of dangerous blood clots, which can cause heart attacks or wrongful death. Even some devices that should prevent clots actually cause them instead as the result of a design defect.
- Cancer. Many defective medical devices and drugs have been found to cause cancer. One such device, the power morcellator, dramatically increased the risk of cancer spreading in women after hysterectomies.
- Other internal injuries. Many implants and defective products may fail or degrade, causing internal damage to the muscles, organs and blood vessels. For example, defective birth control implants like Essure can cause internal injuries like a punctured uterus.
- Wrongful death. Almost any injury caused by a defective medical device may result in wrongful death, especially if left untreated.
Recent Medical Device Recalls
Often, manufacturing companies or the FDA will issue product recalls for medical devices with defects. This helps prevent some future injuries, but it also means additional medical procedures for people who are already using those devices.
Some of the most recent product recalls include:
- Knee implant recalls. One of the most commonly-recalled medical device, defective knee implants can break or degrade. This often requires additional surgeries and can cause more injuries. DePuy, Smith & Nephews and Biomet are all companies that have been the subject of recent knee implant recalls.
- Hip implant recalls. Like knee implants, hip implant failure also requires more surgical procedures and can result in permanent injury. Biomet, Wright Medical, Zimmer and Stryker all recalled hip implants recently.
- Portable oxygen. Defects in portable oxygen tanks can cause explosions, burns and other injuries. The companies Wester/Scott Fetzer Co. and Boston Scientific both recently recalled these kinds of medical devices.
- Cardiac devices. Medical devices that affect the heart often save lives or correct dangerous conditions. However, defective pacemakers, cardiac patches and other devices can endanger a person’s life. Baxter Healthcare and HeartWare both recently recalled cardiac devices.
- Surgical implants. Some medical implants help stabilize or correct tissue defects. However, defects can cause these devices to fail, deteriorate or even cause injuries like perforated organs. Recent notable surgical product recalls include Johnson & Johnson’s transvaginal mesh and the Tiger Paw staple device recall from Maquet Medical Systems.
The companies that produce the recalled products may offer compensation to those affected. However, these settlements are often low and may not cover the cost of your medical bills, lost income and more if your implant failed. New Jersey product liability attorneys can help you get the money you deserve while holding negligent companies accountable for the damage they caused.
Hurt by a Defective Medical Device? Contact Our Product Liability Attorneys
If you or a loved one sustained injuries from a failed implant or medical device, our New Jersey product liability attorneys can help. We have extensive experience investigating and filing cases against big companies responsible for dangerous medical product defects. Therefore, if you need help in or around Red Bank, New Brunswick, Newark or anywhere in New Jersey, contact our law firm. We offer free case reviews as well as contingency fees.
Contact us online or call our law office to schedule your free consultation with a defective product attorney.