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Suffering from A Medical Device Injury? What to Do?

Handley LLC March 10, 2021

When you visit a hospital or any other medical facility, you hope to receive the highest level of care and treatment possible. You put your health and safety in the hands of these specialists in healthcare, after all. If that means having surgery or receiving prescription drugs, you expect a certain degree of duty and consideration. Unfortunately, it is not always the case. Much too often, patients are left with injuries following medical care or treatment. From a medical equipment accident to a dangerous drug situation, patients do not always receive quality treatment.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees, licenses, and controls the medical devices majority that enter the market. Sadly, whether from design or even during marketing, it can become defective. If you ever suffer a medical device accident, you might be within your rights to file a medical device complaint.

Despite the FDA’s lengthy approval process and clinical testing, defective medical devices are nevertheless introduced to the market. Ultimately, the manufacturer of the product as well as the involved parties are responsible for faulty medical devices. The following parties can be held responsible for faulty medical products that find their way to the market:

  • The builder

  • The producer

  • A medical sales agent

  • A research facility

  • A drugstore or medical supplier

  • A physician

  • A hospital, clinic or other medical centers.

If your loved one or you are affected due to faulty medical equipment, take help of a personal injury attorney to deal with your case.

What Is a Medical Device?

A medical device is any tool that serves to assist medical practitioners in a patient's care of an accident or illness. To diagnose, treat, or avoid these illnesses, these practitioners use these instruments. Medical devices can vary, by definition, from anything as simple as a bandage or crutch to a pacemaker or metal hip replacement implanted surgically.

Popular injuries to medical devices -

  • Infections

  • Allergic reactions

  • Organ loss

  • Heart attack

  • Stroke

  • Tears in the tissues or organs

  • Severe pain

  • Internal bleeding

  • Bodily rejection

  • Death

Forms of Medical Equipment

  • Pacemakers and defibrillators- These are little implanted devices to help monitor irregular heart rhythms commonly referred to as pacemakers and defibrillators.

  • Hearing aids- The hearing aids are instruments that are placed between or behind the ears that collect enhance sound to improve hearing.

  • Breast implants are used to adjust the scale, shape, and contour of the breasts of a woman. Breast implants are saline-filled or silicone gel-filled.

  • Contraceptive devices- The contraceptive devices are intended to stop pregnancy, such as intrauterine devices.

  • Hip implants- For patients going through hip replacement surgery, hip implants are mandatory.

  • Insulin pumps- The Insulin pumps are machines that are used to treat diabetes and control blood sugar by delivering insulin.

  • Heart stents- Heart stents help to hold open the coronary arteries and can reduce the risk of heart attack.

  • Transvaginal mesh- The transvaginal mesh i.e. a net-like implant used to treat women with urinary incontinence and prolapse of the pelvic organ.

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** Disclaimer: This blog article is not legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship.