Popular Medical Devices That Can Prematurely Fail

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.

IVC Filters

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.