Defective Medical Devices and Wrongful Death

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Defective Medical Devices and Wrongful Death
12.14.2015 News

Advances in modern medical devices have resulted in a veritable revolution in health care. Health problems that seemed unsolvable even a short decade ago are commonly cured these days. Many of these devices have made lives better and kept families together in ways our parents and grandparents could only have imagined. Of course, for medical devices to work properly, they have to be designed well and used correctly. Many medical devices are occasionally designed poorly or used improperly and they can sometimes create harm that outweighs the good they are intended to do. In many cases, they can be extremely dangerous, to the point that they can even lead to a wrongful death.

With all of the hoops medical devices are supposed to jump through, many people wonder how an improperly designed or defective medical device could get to market. Since such a device can lead to extreme consequences, like serious injury or wrongful death, one would think the approval process would be very stringent and that every device would be thoroughly tested before being brought to market, which is supposed to be the case.

Unfortunately, many medical devices on the market are defective. While any medical device can be defective, many are more common than others.

Examples of defective medical products include:

  • Pacemakers that sometimes stop
  • Defective joint implants, such as hip and knee replacements
  • Silicone implants, like breast implants, that result in damage to the immune system
  • Implantable contraceptives and intrauterine devices that can break apart and/or migrate to other areas of the body and cause infection.
  • Heart stents that fail
  • Implanted devices that are not properly sterilized beforehand

It is supposed to be the job of the FDA to protect the general public from such device defects; all such products are supposed to undergo years of intense testing before they are released. However, the tests are not perfect, meaning some products may undergo testing and still be defective. Of course, there are also a number of loopholes in the law that some medical device manufacturers will exploit in order to bring profitable devices to market before they're ready. Companies skip steps in the testing and approval process and when a device hasn't been properly researched and tested before being put into the market, the odds of it being defective are significant.

Often, when a patient has suffered a wrongful death as a result of a defective medical device, the family will file suit to get justice for the loss of their loved one. When they do so, many manufacturers will actually attempt to avoid their responsibility to bring medical devices to market that work as advertised and heal people rather than hurt them. 

Blizzard Law: Defective Medical Device Lawyers

If a loved one has suffered a wrongful death because of a defective medical device, it is important that you contact a personal injury attorney immediately to discuss your options. The untimely death of a loved one is a very difficult thing to deal with; not only have you lost someone you love, which brings about a lot of emotional pain and suffering, but you may have lost a breadwinner and the income you need to keep your family healthy and growing.

An experienced Defective Medical Device Attorney, like those at Blizzard Law PLLC, can't replace your loved one, but we can help you get through the emotional devastation and compensate you for your financial losses. Contact us today for a free consultation, to discuss your legal options.