Dedicated Attorneys Fight for People Hurt by Defective Medical Devices
Firm in the The Carolinas and Virginia seeks justice for victims
A defective medical device presents an additional threat to someone who is already suffering from a physical aliment. Though people frequently hear stories about recalled products, they often don’t understand that some of these devices are not thoroughly screened by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The review system varies based on the type of product involved and its use. When recalls occur, they fall into one of three classes set forth by the FDA. Class I is the most serious, indicating that there is a reasonable chance that a product will cause serious health problems or death. Class II is reserved for instances in which the harm is temporary or a slight chance of serious damage exists. If the unlawful product is not likely to provoke an injury or illness, it is categorized as Class III. Regardless of the specific device involved, if you believe that you’ve been negatively affected by a recalled item or some other faulty medical implement, Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban can advise you of your legal rights and options.
Lawyers bring actions against manufacturers of faulty healthcare products
Bringing a case against a medical device manufacturer demands a mass tort lawyer who can challenge large corporations and gather the necessary technical evidence. We deliver compelling arguments in all types of claims, such as those pertaining to:
- Mirena IUDs and pseudotumors — In some instances, Bayer’s Mirena intrauterine devices did not perform as promised and harmed women who used this birth control method. Symptoms experienced by certain women who had this device implanted include increased blood pressure, vision loss and other conditions that match those experienced by brain tumor victims.
- ATTUNE knee replacement failures — Knee replacements are supposed to give men and women the chance to avoid pain and regain their mobility. ATTUNE Knee Systems are intended to be glued to a patient’s tibia bone, but the device’s smooth service increases the chance that the knee replacement will separate, leading to extreme pain and additional surgical procedures.
- Bair Hugger surgical warming blankets and infections — Made by 3M, Bair Hugger inflatable blankets are frequently used during and after surgery to prevent hypothermia. When bacteria are picked up in the airflow, a serious infection can attack a vulnerable patient.
- IVC filter defects — Filters that are designed to prevent blood clots in the inferior vena cava are supposed to prevent serious problems such as pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis. However, these filters can break or migrate, leading to organ damage, or even death.
- Essure implants and internal injuries — Metal coils inserted in the fallopian tubes as permanent sterilization devices have broken apart and perforated organs, led to ectopic pregnancies and prompted severe allergic reactions.
- DuPuy artificial hip failures — DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson (J&J), marketed a hip replacement system called Pinnacle. Its metal-on-metal design caused widespread harm when it shed metal shavings into the patients’ joints. In 2013, J&J announced a $2.5 billion settlement for thousands of patients who’d suffered harm from the Pinnacle hip implant.
- Transvaginal mesh injuries — Women seeking treatment for conditions such as incontinence and prolapse received a transvaginal mesh implant and suffered permanent, debilitating injuries. In 2013, the FDA ordered Johnson & Johnson (J&J), C.R. Bard and 31 other vaginal mesh implant manufacturers to study rates of organ damage and other complications linked to these products.
- Hernia mesh injuries — Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson, voluntarily recalled its Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh product in May 2016 due to an increased risk of side effects. Other cases include C.R. Bard and its subsidiary, Davol, Inc., in 2010 which settled 2,600 cases involving the Composix Kugel hernia patch for a mass settlement of $184 million.
- Faulty bone cement used in total knee replacements —In some cases, fractures in the cement used to affix knee replacement devices can dislodge prosthetics and cause substances to leak into the bloodstream. Consequently, recipients have suffered serious medical conditions such as bone cement implantation syndrome and have sometimes required revision surgery. A lawsuit has been filed against DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, based on the alleged failure of its SmartSet High Viscosity Bone Cement.
Additional medical devices that are subjects of products liability lawsuits include:
- Heart valves
- Medicinal pumps
Problems with medical devices and implants continue to be discovered. If you believe you have been hurt by a surgical or medical care product, you need the assistance of an experienced attorney.
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Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban represents plaintiffs in matters relating to recalled and defective medical devices. Please call (877) 428-1122 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at one of our offices, located in North Carolina, South Carolina & Virginia.
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