December 1st, 2015|
When Medical Devices Fail
Before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves a medical device, the product must undergo rigorous testing. However, problems with medical device are often discovered after the product is released to the public.
One of the most common issues with medical devices is abnormal wear and breakage of the device. The attorneys at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough want to share just a few of the high-profile cases involving medical products linked to an increased risk of patient injury.
Rotablator System Breakage
Boston Scientific Corp. has recalled its RotaWire Elite Guidewire and wireClip Torquer Guidewire as part of a system that is used to clear clogged arteries and improve blood flow. The recall was initiated after reports began to surface that the wires could break free from the device, causing perforations. The Boston Globe says that at least one patient has died as a result of the malfunction.
An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a spider-like device implanted into the largest artery of the body to prevent blood clots from reaching the heart or lungs. The wiry legs of the device have been known to break free though, causing a number of serious health complications.
Hip Replacement Devices
A number of metal-on-metal hip implant devices have been recalled after they were found to prematurely wear out, causing users to suffer pain, inflammation, swelling, and a condition known as metallosis. Many of these cases resulted in the filing of a hip recall lawsuit.
Know Your Rights
If a defective medical product has harmed you, it’s important to be aware of your legal rights. You can learn more about your rights and what you can do to protect them by visiting our website.
August 26th, 2014|
Medical supply giant, Johnson & Johnson, reached a $2.5 billion settlement with thousands of Americans harmed by defective medical products marketed by the company. Now, payments from the settlement are being made to the victims.
Problems with the DePuy ASR hip implant began were first reported 2010 when patients began to experience premature failures of the devices. Examinations determined friction from the metal-on-metal parts of the device were causing inflammation and pain for patients and also a condition of heavy metal toxicity, known as metallosis.
More than 8,000 hip recall lawsuits were filed in connection with the devices, which means the settlement will an average settlement award of $200,000 to many claimants. Those with extraordinary injuries or conditions can apply for more compensation later.
According to an article from MarketWatch, payments are only being made to claimants who underwent revision surgery prior to Aug. 2013. Claims from those who have not underwent corrective procedures or underwent corrective surgery after Aug. 2013 are still open.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we hope the payments bring a sense of closure to the victims.