Dangerous Medical Devices
When we are treated for an injury or illness, we put our complete trust in the doctors, surgeons and other healthcare providers who are treating us and hope that they will bring us back to good health. Unfortunately, however, we are sometimes treated with defective or unsafe medical devices and are left worse off than before we sought help.
If you or someone you love is injured as a result of a defective medical device, nationally recognized product liability lawyer Richard J. Hood can help you and your family seek justice from any and all responsible parties. To learn more, please contact The Hood Law Firm today.
Types of Defective Medical Devices
Medical devices may be deemed defective if they aren't properly designed or manufactured or if they are used without proper instruction. Under product liability law, medical device manufacturers are responsible for testing the safety of their products before releasing them to the market, evaluating any reported injuries after they are available for sale and providing proper safety instructions for use.
Companies can be held liable for damages if they:
- Fail to properly test their products
- Fail to warn healthcare providers and patients about possible risks associated with their products
- Fail to thoroughly research any reported injuries or problems after a device is released to the market
- Attempt to conceal important safety information
- Put their own interests before the safety of consumers
- Fail to recall a product that they know is defective or unsafe
- Wrongfully market their products for off-label uses
- Push sales of their products by giving doctors or hospitals illegal kickbacks
- Medical Device Recalls
When medical devices are found to be defective, they are recalled or removed from the market. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the agency responsible for monitoring medical devices in this country. Before a device can be available for sale in the U.S., the FDA must approve it for use. But, many times a product is approved before all the risks are known.
Sometimes, risks aren't known until a device has been available for years and hundreds, thousands or even millions of people have been treated or implanted with it. As soon as injuries are discovered, the manufacturing company is responsible for alerting the public, fixing the problem or removing the product from the market. If a device maker fails to take proper action in a timely manner, it can be held liable for any damages.
At The Hood Law Firm, we represent individuals who have been harmed by a vast array of medical devices, including (but not limited to):
- da Vinci surgical robot
- Hip implants
- Transvaginal mesh
Injured by a Medical Device?
If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a defective or unsafe medical device, you may be eligible for financial compensation. To speak with a product liability lawyer about a potential claim, contact us today. Our law firm stays up-to-date on the most current device litigation and can help you seek justice for injuries caused by negligence.