Defective Medical Devices
Medical manufacturers make a great deal of financial profits from successful medical devices and are responsible for ensuring that these devices are not only effective but also safe. Some of the many medical devices that are on the market today are very beneficial and improve all of our quality of lives.
However, improperly designed or tested medical devices can cause serious injury or death. From January to June of 2010, 21 medical devices were recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (this is more than twice the number of devices recalled during the first six months of 2009). If you believe that you may have been injured as a result of a defective medical device then give our defective medical devices lawyer a call today for a consultation either over the phone or in our Montgomery, Anniston, Huntsville, or Birmingham locations.
Some defective medical device problems can involve defective pacemakers (such as some of the recently recalled defective Guidant and Medtronic pacemakers), silicone gel breast implants (ruptures have been associated with fibromyalgia development), various heart valve implants (leakage and strut fractures), Dalkon Shield IUD’s (intrauterine devices used primarily in birth control have resulted in pelvic disease at higher rates), improperly sterilized gynecological devices (such as curettes and uterine dilators which when improperly sterilized can cause infection, infertility, and even miscarriage), Cochlear ear implants (a defective seal which has caused total blindness in some children that have problems hearing), Guidant Heart Defibrillators, Medtronic defective ICD’s, and the Curlin Painsmart Pump (recent recall due to five reports of over infusion of medication).
Some additional defective medical device problems can involve shoulder Pain Management Pumps (these pumps have recently been linked with serious cartilage damage), Shelhigh Medical Device Seizure (in 2007 the FDA conducted a seizure of medical devices from Shelhigh, Inc., a New Jersey based company and was focused mainly on implantable devices produced by this company), DePuy ASR Hip Implants (DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. recalled these devices due to early failures in August 2010. Hip implants should last approximately 15 years, but about 13% of the people that had ASR total hip replacement had to have replacement surgery within 5 years), Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Implant, Defective Stryker CMF Cranial Implant Kits (voluntary recall issued in October 2008 because the company claimed reports that the devices were negligently produced due to inadequate sterilization practices) and Charite Artificial Disc.
If you have been injured and you believe it might have been the result of a defective medical device, then give our Alabama defective medical device lawyer a call.