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.
June 10th, 2014|
The companies who design and manufacture the medical devices we use in healthcare today must thoroughly test their products before they are released to ensure they are safe. Companies are sometimes aware of problems with a product and fail to take corrective action, leading to defective medical device claims that can spawn civil litigation.
One such case stems from the DePuy hip replacement recall that was launched several years ago. The claims state the makers of the products, Johnson & Johnson, released two versions of the device—with testing only being conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The other was approved for use based on the results of testing of the similar product.
Thousands of patients had the device implanted with many needing corrective surgery a short time later. It was determined the metals the product was made with were prematurely wearing, causing patients to suffer swelling, pain, and inflammation at the surgical site. Some patients even developed a condition known as Metalosis, in which the body absorbed toxic levels of heavy metal into the blood stream after it wore from the device inside the patient.
An article Yahoo News explains it has now been discovered that Johnson & Johnson was aware of certain faults with the product, but failed to take any action to correct the issues.
If a defective DePuy hip replacement device harmed you, you may be entitled to compensation. At the law firm of Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our team of defective medical product attorneys is available anytime to assess your situation and discuss your needs for legal representation. Call us anytime to talk about your case.