Your doctor said it was safe. You trusted them. Now, you’re hurt, or you have lost a loved one. This is the sad story of dangerous medical devices that happens to countless Americans every year. When it happens to you, it’s easy to feel like there is no hope for true recovery.
But there is hope. If a dangerous medical device injured you, you may have legal options that would allow you to recover compensation. A trusted Alabama defective product lawyer can help you understand your legal options and guide you through the legal process.
Most medical devices must undergo review from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before doctors can use them on patients. Sadly, many of these devices are released without ever going through testing. Even with a high FDA review level, many dangerous medical devices make it onto the market. Then, they start hurting people.
Below, we discuss some of the medical devices that are sparking lawsuits in the U.S. today.
Pacemakers are implanted in people who have irregular heart rhythms. They are also called defibrillators. They are meant to regulate the rhythm of the heart. But many of these devices were recalled due to a defect that can drain the battery. This can lead to deadly complications.
To make matters worse, other devices may interfere with pacemakers. For instance, the magnets in the iPhone 12 can cause pacemakers to stop working.
Transvaginal mesh is a net-like device that a surgeon implants on the vaginal wall. It is meant to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. But health experts have linked the device to infections, chronic pain, and organ damage.
Metal hip replacement implants are a ball-and-socket device meant to replace damaged joints in the hip. When they work properly, hip implants can help with arthritis pain and mobility issues. But many patients who have received hip implants have suffered implant failure and poisoning from the metals in the implants.
A power morcellator is a surgical device. It was used in hysterectomies and the removal of uterine fibroids. The devices cut tissue to make tissue removal easier. Sadly, after decades of use, health officials realized that these devices might spread uterine cancer when they come into contact with cancerous uterine fibroids.
The devices are subject to a massive recall, but if a power morcellator harmed you, you might be owed compensation.
The Da Vinci Surgical System is a surgeon-controlled robot. These devices are widespread. And they have been linked to injuries and deaths. The surgeon and the device maker could be liable for these injuries and deaths.
If a medical device has caused an injury or illness for you or a loved one, you might think you have a clear-cut case. If the manufacturer of the device was negligent and created a defective product, they should be held accountable for the injuries that result. Right?
You would think so. But medical device manufacturers are often huge companies with teams of lawyers. They are skilled at convincing judges and juries that you don’t deserve compensation. They will question your story, your evidence, and your injuries. They will try to discredit you. And if you aren’t prepared, they will win.
The good news is that a product injury lawyer can help you build a solid case against the medical device manufacturer. We do this by gathering top-level evidence that shows the company’s negligence. We work with expert witnesses who can speak about your injuries and how the device manufacturer should have acted to prevent them.
In short, a lawyer can give you a higher chance of recovering the compensation you know you deserve.
Were you injured by a medical device? We can help. Discuss your case and your legal options with a trusted product injury lawyer today. We offer free consultations. Call Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. at (205) 933-1500. You can also contact us online.