Medical devices are designed to alleviate symptoms, reduce pain, and improve quality of life. But like all manufactured products, medical devices are subject to variances in quality. In addition, some medical devices may be inherently flawed due to poor designs or the use of cut-rate components that break down inside patients’ bodies.
If you or someone you love received a medical device after an injury or illness and suspect that it’s defective, it’s important to avoid these three common mistakes that can jeopardize your health and your rights to pursuing compensation:
- Waiting too long to call your doctor—If you notice symptoms such as bleeding, reduced mobility, pain, swelling, redness, or other signs of inflammation or injury, call your doctor right away. Medical device injuries can quickly worsen, and you may need immediate revision surgery.
- Exaggerating or downplaying your symptoms—When it comes to getting compensation, honesty is the best policy. Tell your doctor exactly what you’re experiencing—no more, no less. If you pursue compensation, your medical records will be thoroughly evaluated, and inconsistencies could jeopardize your claim.
- Waiting too long to call a lawyer—The longer you wait to file a claim after experiencing symptoms, the more difficult it may be to get compensation. That’s because the medical device manufacturer and its insurance company may believe your symptoms are from a pre-existing condition or were caused by another health problem. In addition, the statute of limitations may expire.
The defective medical product lawyers at Ferrer Poirot Feller Daniel want to help if you suspect your medical device has failed or injured you due to a defective design. Contact us today for a free consultation.