Medical devices cover a variety of items that provide a medical service but are not medicine, like pacemakers or hip and knee replacement parts. The development of medical devices has allowed people to live longer, more comfortable lives. However, if a medical device is poorly designed or manufactured incorrectly, it can end up hurting a patient more than helping. Sadly, Ramsey Law Group has seen all too often the pain and suffering having a defective medical device can bring to a person and his or her family. Knowing how terrible this time can be, we work hard to make sure our clients get the compensation they deserve and to hold the device manufacturer accountable for the hardships caused.
While medical device manufacturers are certainly not in the business of trying to hurt patients, products can prove harmful if they are not fully tested in a rush to get the device to market or corners are cut when manufacturing the items. Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is charged with testing certain consumer products before they can be sold. Although they have stringent requirements and thorough testing, sometimes defective products still make it through the process. Also, the FDA has a program to fast-track certain devices similar to existing approved devices, and items approved in this manner are less likely to be fully scrutinized. After the FDA signs off on a device, it can only be recalled if a number of patients report having problems with the device.
Some common devices we have seen as having a defect include pacemakers, implants, pumps for insulin or other medication, hip and knee replacements, and gynecological devices. Depending on the device, they can break, malfunction, leak, stop working, or not have been properly sterilized before being attached to or implanted in the patient. These design or manufacturing flaws can cause illness, infection, and/or damage to internal organs and bones, heart attacks, allergic reactions, chronic pain, and disability, among others. In some extreme cases, the faulty device may prove fatal for the patient. If you or a loved one has suffered because of a defective medical device, Ramsey Law Group is here to help. We will make sure you are compensated for your pain and suffering, including financial hardship, and also hold the company liable for this mistake accountable. Our hope with each case we bring is not only to help our client, but also to keep defective products from hurting more patients in the future.