Posted in News on November 16, 2016
Today, many Montana residents suffering health issues rely on medical devices to treat or manage their conditions. Whether an individual undergoes surgery to have a medical device implanted or uses a medical device to monitor an illness, a medical device that is not working properly can cause serious injury to a patient. A defective medical device could leave a patient seriously or even fatally harmed.
What are some examples of defective medical devices? One example is a transvaginal mesh implant. These devices are implanted in women suffering from pelvic prolapse or stress urinary incontinence; however, some of these devices have been linked to serious pain and complications. Most commonly, the mesh deteriorates, causing small pieces to perforate nearby organs.
Metal hip replacements have also generated a number of product liability claims. If the hip replacement is defective or was improperly implanted in a patient, and the patient suffered harm as a result, this could provide a basis for a legal action.
Finally, some people have been injured by defective equipment used in Da Vinci robotic surgeries. If the equipment is defective or the surgeon makes an error, a robotically assisted procedure could go wrong and cause harm to the patient.
These are just a few examples of defective medical devices, not an exhaustive list. Over the years a number of devices have been the subject of product liability lawsuits, and new devices are continuing to generate lawsuits on a regular basis. Those who believe they have been harmed by a defective medical device may wish to consult an attorney who handles these types of cases. A products liability suit could help an injured party recover damages for any injuries and losses suffered.
Source: Findlaw.com, “Defective Medical Devices,” accessed Nov. 12, 2016