What Causes Medical Devices to be Defective?
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.