Medical Product Liability Attorneys

Settlement Reached in IVC Filter Injury Lawsuit

by Staff Blogger | February 24th, 2015

For those at risk of life-threatening blood clots, an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter can be an effective treatment. However, these medical devices may put users at serious risk of suffering IVC filter injuries.

An IVC filters is a small medical device inserted into a patient’s veins to prevent blood clots from traveling into the lungs. The devices have been found to be prone to breakage and failure though, allowing them to migrate through the body causing serious harm. IVC filter injury reports range from pain in the chest to organ perforation—and even death.

Many who have suffered IVC Filter injuries have filed lawsuits against the maker of the product. In fact, a settlement was recently reached in one of these cases.

According to the website lawyersandsettlements.com, a Nevada man was recently awarded an undisclosed amount in damages for IVC filter injuries. The lawsuit claimed the patient did not receive proper warnings regarding the device’s dangers. The claims were supported by several studies that showed the dangers of using an IVC filter.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we recognize the know the harm that can be caused by defective medical products, and our attorneys are hopeful this recent settlement brings a sense of closure to the patient who was harmed.

Cancer Causing Medical Device Puts Johnson & Johnson Under Fire

by Staff Blogger | May 6th, 2014

The manufacturers of the devices used in today’s medical procedures have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their products. Sometimes companies fail to meet these standards though, which can result in patients being harmed and costly recalls.

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is currently facing defective medical device claims after their Ethicon Morcellation device was found to possibly cause patients serious harm. The unit is used to remove non-cancerous growths, known as fibroids, from the uterus of women. The device works by shredding the tissue down to a size that can be removed through a small incision. This is a much less invasive procedure than more traditional fibroid removal methods.

According to an article from Seeking Alpha, the problem with the unit is that it can spread potentially unidentified cancerous cells to the rest of the body as the device is breaking down tissue. This can lead to cancer metastasizing in other parts of patients’ bodies, including the hips, pelvis, and internal organs.

In response to concerns, J&J has halted the marketing and sale of the device, despite continuing to insist it is the best option available for some patients.

The medical product liability attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough understand the serious harm using a defective medical device can cause to a patient. That’s why our team is here to help if you have suffered injuries caused by a defective medical device.

Warnings Issued By The FDA In Regards To The Latest Defective Medical Device

by Staff Blogger | October 29th, 2013

October 29, 2013

The Defective Medical Device Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain manufacturers of medical devices have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the products they introduce to the market. Any failure to do so that results in a patient’s death or serious injury can result in action being taken against the company.

One such action is when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues warnings to the public about the use of the product. One such warning was recently issued in regards to the St. Jude Amplatzer Atrial Septal Occluder (ASO). The device is used to close holes developed in patient’s hearts; however, in some cases, the device has caused the tissue surrounding it to die and erode, resulting in a need for immediate corrective surgery. These adverse health events have been found to occur in as many as 3 out of every 1,000 patients who have the devices implanted in their bodies.

In response, the FDA has issued several recommendations to both patients and doctors who are considering the use of the device. The agency has also ordered the product’s manufacturer to conduct a study into the product’s safety risks.

The law firm’s team of attorneys is aware of how devastating a Defective Medical Device Injury can be. That is why the firm is here to answer any questions those who have been harmed by such a device may have. Contact us today for a free consultation of your case.

GE Healthcare’s Nuclear Imaging System Recalled Due To Patient Safety Risk

by Staff Blogger | August 6th, 2013

August 6, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is initiating a voluntary recall on GE Healthcare’s Infinia Hawkeye 4 Nuclear Imaging System because of a serious risk to patient safety posed by the Defective Medical Device.

The unit is comprised of several different cameras and imaging systems that use signals from radioactive isotopes injected into a patient’s body to create different images. The information and data gathered by the machine is useful in diagnosing conditions, such as certain cancers.

However, a camera mounted to an arm by bolts and screws may not be securely fastened, which can allow the camera to fall and strike patients. According to an article from Mass Device, one such accident recently caused the death of a 66-year-old patient at a Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare facility.

The incident prompts many to wonder what a person who is injured by a medical device should do.

The Medical Product Liability Attorneys with the law firm of Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain that anyone injured by a malfunctioning piece of medical equipment should first seek the medical treatment they need to heal. Once they have received care, a victim should then gather as much information as possible about the device in question, as well as their diagnosis and treatment. Finally, the individual should contact a qualified attorney to discuss legal options for seeking compensation from those responsible for their injuries.