Medical devices are supposed to improve quality of life for patients. But there are always risks associated with implanting foreign objects inside the body—and when those objects are defective, the risks can become serious and potentially life-threatening.
Whether it’s due to defective design, low-quality materials, or a flawed manufacturing process, a large number of defective medical devices are released into the healthcare market every year. Many of those devices are implanted into patients via surgical procedures. Some defective medical devices create symptoms and complications immediately, while others may take years to show up.
If you or someone you love received a medical device, here are three common symptoms to watch out for:
- Pain—Medical devices aren’t supposed to be painful. When they do cause patients to experience pain, it’s often a sign that they’ve shifted, are breaking down, or have defective designs.
- Bleeding or bruising—Medical devices are supposed to be firmly held in place and should never damage organs, tissue, or blood vessels. But some defective medical devices may shift or become loose inside the body, causing internal damage and bleeding.
- Reduced mobility—Joint replacements are among the most common types of medical devices, and they’re supposed to improve mobility. But when they’re defective and begin to fail, patients may experience significantly reduced mobility.
At Ferrer Poirot Feller Daniel, our defective medical device lawyers know how devastating it can be when patients find out their medical devices are defective. They often require revision surgeries and may experience new health problems, resulting in more medical bills and time away from work.
If you were harmed by a defective medical device, we’re here to help. Call us today for a free consultation.