How Do Defective Medical Devices End Up on the Market?

by Staff Blogger | September 18th, 2018

When patients receive medical devices, such as joint replacements or pacemakers, they expect an improvement in their health and a reduction in the severity of related symptoms. But for countless patients every year, medical devices only worsen their health. Some may even experience life-threatening complications.

With so much testing and strict standards for products—especially in the medical field—how is it possible that defective medical devices can be released to the market and used by surgeons, doctors, and other healthcare professionals?

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we know that the answer often comes down to money. Medical device manufacturers pour millions, if not billions, of dollars into researching and developing their products. Because of those huge initial investments, they’ll do anything to make sure they’re released to market—even if they’re fundamentally flawed due to design errors.

To achieve that, medical device manufacturers may hide certain test or study results that indicate that their devices may pose risks to certain patients. They also may fail to disclose known side effects and complications.

Even after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration becomes aware of the dangers associated with some medical devices and issues warnings or recalls, the manufacturers may refuse to pull them from the market while still recommending their usage and implantation in patients.

If you or someone you love was hurt by a defective medical device, you need an experienced and aggressive defective medical device lawyer on your side. Our legal team isn’t afraid to stand up to billion-dollar medical device manufacturers, and we’ll do everything we can to help you get the money you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

How Can You Tell if Your Joint Replacement Is Failing?

by Staff Blogger | September 11th, 2018

Knee implants and hip replacements are common medical devices. In fact, CNN reports that around 700,000 people receive knee replacements each year in the U.S. and another 400,000 receive hip replacements.

Joint replacements promise to restore lost mobility and reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation. But for many patients, they create the problems they’re supposed to correct. That’s because some joint replacements can feature defective or failure-prone designs before they’re even implanted inside patients’ bodies. After surgery, patients may experience severe side effects that can result in disability and even life-threatening complications.

There are a few ways to tell if your knee or hip replacement is failing, such as:

  • Sudden pain or instability—Many patients initially experience an improvement in their pain and mobility, only for those symptoms to return after months or years. That’s often due to their joint replacements failing because of poor design or low-quality components.
  • Infection at or around implant site—Keep a close watch on the skin near the area where your joint implant was placed inside your body. If the skin looks red, swollen, or inflamed, it may be indicative of an internal infection that could threaten your overall health.
  • Failure to improve—If your joint replacement never improves your mobility or quality of life, it may be due to its defective nature. Some implants that are associated with complications can be ineffective right away, and patients may experience immediate complications or no relief from their symptoms.

Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough’s team of defective medical device lawyers is here to help if you or someone you love was harmed by joint replacement. Call us today for a free consultation.

Why Do Some Medical Devices Cause Injuries?

by Staff Blogger | June 26th, 2018

Like the pharmaceutical industry, the medical device industry is a multi-billion-dollar industry with more and more devices being released every year.

Medical devices promise to relieve the symptoms of a variety of medical conditions, but they can also pose significant dangers—especially when they’re not designed or manufactured with safety in mind.

There are three primary reasons that medical devices can cause patients to suffer serious complications:

  1. The devices weren’t properly designed—Safety begins during the design stage, and lengthy testing must occur for designs to be safe for use in humans. Some medical device manufacturers skip over some aspects of this stage to rush their products to the market as quickly as possible.
  2. The devices weren’t properly manufactured—Whether it’s due to the use of cheap, low-quality components or a cut-rate manufacturing process, medical devices that are poorly built may be more likely to break down inside the body.
  3. The devices weren’t properly installed or used—Medical device manufacturers are responsible for making sure that surgeons know how to properly install them and that patients know how to properly use and care for them. When detailed and accurate information isn’t provided, serious complications can occur.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, it’s our goal to help victims of defective medical devices get the legal representation they deserve. The injuries and complications associated with poorly designed, manufactured, or installed medical devices can result in expensive medical bills and years of lost wages.

Get in touch with our defective medical device lawyers today for a free consultation to find out how we can help.

What Are Common Complications of Defective Medical Device Injuries?

by Staff Blogger | May 29th, 2018

Medical devices are designed to help patients better manage their health. These devices range from joint replacements to birth control implants to meshes designed to hold organs and tissue in place.

But any time a foreign object is surgically implanted inside the body, there’s a risk of complications. Unfortunately, some medical devices aren’t dangerous just for that reason—they’re also dangerous because they have flawed designs, use unsafe materials, or were released to the market despite their manufacturers knowing they were unsafe.

Three common complications of defective medical devices include:

  1. Bleeding—Bleeding is a common symptom of a failing or defective medical device. Some medical devices cause constant irritation and inflammation, and over time, they may begin to cause internal wounds that can result in sudden bleeding.
  2. Pain—Defective medical devices can be extremely painful for victims, especially when they move inside the body or are made with low-quality materials that break down inside the body.
  3. Reduced mobility—Common in joint replacements, reduced mobility is the last thing that people who have hip or knee replacements expect, but it’s a common injury and often occurs when poorly designed devices break down or fail after implantation.

If you or someone you love suffered a defective medical device injury, the legal team at Ferror, Poirot & Wansbrough is here to help. Get in touch with our defective medical device lawyers today to find out how we can help by filling out a free consultation form.

Don’t Delay if You Suspect a Defective Medical Device Injury

by Staff Blogger | May 1st, 2018

Medical devices, such as joint replacements, pacemakers, and surgical implants, are supposed to make patients’ lives healthier and easier. But negligent designs, manufacturing processes, and material choices cause many patients who receive medical devices to suffer disabling complications in the weeks, months, or years after they’re implanted in their bodies.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our defective medical device lawyers know how dangerous some surgical products are, especially when complications go untreated for long periods of time. When devices begin to fail, they can rapidly cause serious health problems that can become systemic and affect the entire body within a matter of days or weeks.

If you or someone you love suspects a defective medical device injury, it’s important that you take the following steps right away:

  • Get medical attention—If you experience unexplained pain, inflammation, reduced mobility, bleeding, or swelling in the area where your device was implanted, you may be experiencing device-related complications. Go to a doctor or an emergency room as soon as possible to get a diagnosis and a treatment plan.
  • Call a defective medical device lawyer—People who suffer injuries and illnesses caused by defective medical devices may be unable to work for long periods of time, and they may require surgeries and physical rehabilitation. Having a lawyer on your side can help you get compensation for what you’ve gone through.

It’s important to act fast after a medical device injury, as statutes of limitations are limited, and the passage of time can make it more difficult to conclusively link your health problems to your implant as time passes. Call us today for a free consultation.

What Should You Do if You Have a Defective Hip Implant?

by Staff Blogger | January 16th, 2018

Several popular hip implants have been linked to serious health conditions and high failure rates, resulting in a recall by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Patients who received those hip implants often need revision surgeries to replace their defective hip implants. However, there are countless patients who still have defective and recalled hip implants inside their bodies.

If you think you received a defective hip implant, it’s important to protect your health and your rights to compensation by following these steps:

  • Speak with your doctor. No matter how long ago you received your hip implant, it’s important to bring it up with your doctor. If you’re unsure of the type of hip implant you received, you may be able to obtain that information from your doctor, as he or she will have access to your medical records. Not all hip replacements have been recalled or are dangerous, so no further action may be necessary.
  • Schedule corrective surgery if you’re experiencing symptoms. In most cases, patients who experience the symptoms of a failing hip replacement won’t get better without corrective surgery. That often means removing the recalled hip replacement and installing a newer, safer version to take its place.
  • Call a defective medical device lawyer. Revision surgeries are expensive. They can also sideline patients for days or even weeks while they recover–which means lost paychecks. An experienced legal team wants to fight for your rights to compensation.

Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough knows how devastating it is when patients like you find out they received defective hip replacements and must undergo second procedures to correct them. That’s why we’re here to help you get the money you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

What Compensation is Available for Injured Medical Device Recipients?

by Staff Blogger | November 14th, 2017

Medical devices are designed to help alleviate symptoms of a variety of conditions and illnesses and to provide relief to patients suffering from chronic pain, heart abnormalities, and joint pain or immobility. Even when patients make the decision to receive a medical implant, they may require several months of consultations and check-ups before they are approved.

Unfortunately, some patients who go through this process and receive medical devices—which often involves risky surgeries—end up feeling worse than they did before they received their implants. Their lives may even be in jeopardy as a result. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, it’s our goal to make sure victims of defective medical devices get the help they deserve.

Our defective medical device lawyers fight to get compensation for our clients for things like:

  • Medical bills – People who receive defective medical devices must not only pay for their original surgeries, but they may also have to pay for revision surgeries.
  • Lost wages – Many recipients of defective medical devices suffer so much pain and immobility that they become unable to return to work for months or even years.
  • Pain and suffering – Going through a potentially risky surgery only to have their health worsen is a nightmare scenario for patients, resulting in even more health complications than before their implants.

Victims of defective medical devices may feel helpless after receiving them. We’re here to make sure their voices are heard. If you or a loved one were harmed by a defective medical device, don’t wait to get the legal advocacy you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

Questions to Ask Before Medical Implant Surgery

by Staff Blogger | October 24th, 2017

For many people, medical devices and implants are life-saving. They can help reduce symptoms of serious diseases, increase mobility, reduce pain, and even ensure that a person’s heart continues beating properly.

But for others, medical devices and implants can cause a host of complications, pain, and illness. The dangers of medical implants are two-fold. First, doctors and surgeons can make mistakes when prescribing medical devices, surgically implanting devices, or caring for patients post-op. Second, medical devices can be inherently dangerous due to poor manufacturing, design flaws, or low-quality components.

If you’re about to receive an implanted medical device, ask these questions:

  • Are there known side effects or complications associated with the device? As a patient, you have the right to be informed about your condition and all treatment options, including their potential risks, side effects, and complications.
  • Is the device removable or permanent? There’s always a risk of complications when a foreign object is implanted into the body. Removable devices are more easily taken out, but permanent implants can require major surgery to remove.

Being as informed as possible about the risks and reversibility of an implant before you agree to surgery can help you make the right decision for yourself and for your loved ones.

If you were injured or became ill after receiving a medical device implant, the defective medical device lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough want to help. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.

What Causes Medical Devices to be Defective?

by Staff Blogger | October 10th, 2017

Medical devices are consumer products that are inserted into patients’ bodies to manage symptoms of serious diseases and conditions or to improve their quality of life. Implantable medical devices include metal-on-metal hip replacements, intrauterine devices, knee implants, hernia meshes, and IVC filters.

In most cases, these devices function as intended. They often help relieve debilitating symptoms and help patients manage their conditions more easily. But there’s always a risk when a medical device is implanted inside a patient’s body, and if complications develop, they can be life-threatening.

Medical devices can injure, sicken, or even kill due to these potential defects:

  • Flawed design – Some medical devices and implants are flawed even before they’re released to the market. They may have design errors that can cause them to fail once implanted, putting patients at risk.
  • Flawed manufacturing process – Even if the design is sound, medical devices and implants can fail if they aren’t manufactured correctly and with high-quality materials. Poorly made medical devices can break down inside a patient’s body and increase their risks of bleeding, developing infection, or organ perforation.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, it’s our goal to help anyone who was injured by a defective medical device. We know how devastating it can be to have surgery to receive a medical device implant—only to find out that it caused more harm than good.

If you or a loved one were harmed by a defective medical device, get in touch with our defective medical device lawyers today for a free consultation.

HeartMate II® Pocket System Controller Recall

by Staff Blogger | September 12th, 2017

Do you or a loved one have a HeartMate II® LVAS Pocket System Controller manufactured by Abbott-Thoratec? If so, you should speak with your doctor right away about your next steps, as the device was recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on May 23, 2017.

The recall was prompted after Abbott-Thoratec received reports of more than 70 incidents, including 19 injuries and 26 deaths. Heartmate II Pocket System Controllers are external power supplies that connect to HeartMate II LVAS pumps, which are implanted heart pumps.

The controllers connect to the pumps via a lead under the skin, and patients are responsible for switching from their main devices to backup devices when necessary. However, the switching procedure can be difficult, and elderly or untrained patients may struggle to perform it. If the switching process takes too long, serious injuries or even death can occur.

Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough is here to assist victims of the recalled HeartMate II Pocket System Controller. We believe that all medical device manufacturers should be held accountable when their products injure or pose risks to patients, especially those who may struggle with complicated procedures like switching power supplies.

Call today for a free consultation. Our defective medical device lawyers are ready to fight for your rights.