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How to Protect Yourself from Defective Medical Devices

Medical devices - such as pacemakers, hip implants, and transvaginal mesh - are intended to correct a medical problem and improve a patient's health. Unfortunately, in some cases, a medical device is dangerous or defective, which can cause more harm to a patient.

For instance, thousands of patients of have injured by metal-on-metal hip implants in recent years, and number of studies have found evidence that the recipients of metal-on-metal hip implants may face a significant risk of developing serious complications including tissue damage, device failure, need for revision surgery and long-term disability due to corrosion and shedding of metal ions from the implants. DePuy Orthopedics recalled its ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System and Stryker Orthopedics recalled in Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck due to the dangers associated with their metal-on-metal hip implants.

Medical devices are subject to product liability laws, as well as a number of state and federal regulations to ensure their safety. If a medical device fails and a patient is injured as a result, the device manufacturer can be held liable for any resulting injuries in a product liability lawsuit.

If you suspect that your medical device has failed or you have been injured by a medical device, you should consult with a medical professional to receive the appropriate medical care. In some cases, follow-up medical treatment or procedures may be required to repair any damage caused by the defective medical device. For instance, many patients who received a metal-on-metal hip implant have needed a revision surgery to replace the defective hip implant.

After you have consulted with a doctor and obtained the appropriate medical treatment, you should consult with an experienced medical device lawyer. Product liability claims involving defective medical devices can be complicated, with a number of complex legal and factual issues. In many cases, a defective medical device will involve a number of injured parties, in which case a class action lawsuit may be appropriate.

It is also especially important that patients remain vigilant about their health care. Patients should keep track of all medical devices they use, and communicate regularly with their physician about the effectiveness of the medical device. Patients and consumers can learn about any medical device safety recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. If you suspect that your medical device may have failed, you should immediately notify your doctor.

The Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish are committed to protecting the public from dangerous medical products, including unsafe pharmaceuticals and defective medical devices. If you have been injured by a defective medical device or an unsafe medication, contact the Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible product liability or medical malpractice claim.


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