Defective Medical Devices
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the safety of medical products and devices. Companies that manufacture and sell these items must ensure that their products meet all safety requirements and will not harm patients.
Types of Defective Medical Products
The following are some examples of medical products that commonly have defects:
- Hip implant & replacements
- Knee implant & replacements
- Defibrillators & Pacemakers
- Heart Valve
- Dialysis device
What Causes These Defects?
There could be numerous causes of defective medical products or devices that have injured or killed unknowing patients. For example, in 2000, Sulzer Orthopedics withdrew its widely used hip implant because a loosening of the shell within the device was causing pain, difficulty walking, and the need for secondary surgery in hip implant patients. Sulzer has also experienced problems with its knee implant products. In 2001, Baxter Healthcare Corporation voluntarily recalled dialysis filters after the deaths of more than 50 kidney dialysis patients worldwide.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
Patients injured by faulty medical devices or other product defects may be entitled to financial compensation for their injuries. If you or a loved one were injured due to a medical product contact an experienced attorney to learn more about your legal rights.