Tampa Defective Medical Devices
Medical devices were created to make patients feel better by treating chronic medical conditions. However, they do not always do their job. In some cases, they actually cause more harm than good.
Medical devices can be dangerous or even defective due to their design, manufacturing process, or marketing strategy. While these devices are created to be safe, sometimes they cause injuries and even death due to poor testing.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective medical device, you need to hold the manufacturer liable for its negligence. Count on the Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson for legal help.
Common Defective Medical Devices
Many popular medical devices have been recalled because they have been deemed defective, resulting in serious injuries or death to their patients. They include the following:
- Hip implants
- Knee implants
- Hernia mesh
- Pelvic mesh
- Power morcellators
- Pain pumps
- Dialysis filters
- Blood clot filters
- Surgical robots
- Surgical warming blankets
- Birth control IUDs/devices
Before a product goes onto the market for sale, the manufacturer must ensure the product is safe for use. This means that manufacturers must meet multiple standards in various areas such as:
Design. Medical devices must have a safe design. The manufacturer could be held liable for an improperly designed device if a design flaw caused a patient to suffer injuries.
Testing. Medical devices must be thoroughly tested. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviews the test results and decides whether the benefits outweigh possible side effects or dangers. If it is determined that the manufacturer hid poor test results and this caused the patient to suffer injuries, then the manufacturer can be at fault.
Manufacturing. Defects can sometimes occur during the manufacturing process. The device may be assembled incorrectly or the wrong parts may be used. It could also become contaminated during manufacturing and the manufacturer could be considered negligent.
Warnings. Patients must be warned about possible side effects or dangers associated with medical devices. If the manufacturer fails to do so and the patient suffers injuries, the manufacturer could be held liable.
Class Action Lawsuits
In many cases of defective medical devices, there are hundreds or thousands of people affected by the same device. This means that the injured person may be part of a class action lawsuit, rather than an individual lawsuit. In a class action lawsuit, all the claimants who have suffered damages by the same device and manufacturer are grouped together in one big lawsuit. All decisions made in the case are legally binding for all plaintiffs, which helps to avoid clogging up the court system.
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Medical devices can provide many benefits to people who need treatment for a certain health condition. However, sometimes they can have the opposite effect and create dangerous conditions.
If you were injured by a defective medical device, you need to hold the manufacturer liable for your damages. The Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson can provide you with aggressive legal representation to ensure your case gets settled fairly. Get started with a free consultation by calling 813-251-0072 or filling out the online form.