What To Know About Defective Medical Device Claims

What To Know About Defective Medical Device Claims
Calendar icon February 13, 2024

When we think about medical devices, we often envision life-saving tools that are designed to improve our overall health and wellbeing. However, defective medical devices can lead to injury, worsening of medical conditions, or even death. If you or a loved one has experienced complications due to a defective medical device, it’s important to understand what steps to take in order to successfully file a claim for your damages. 

Understanding Defective Medical Device Cases

Defective medical device cases fall under the umbrella of product liability law. Manufacturers of medical devices have a duty to ensure that their products are safe and effective when used as intended. However, defects can occur in a variety of ways, including in the design, manufacturing process, or as a result of inadequate instructions or warnings.

When A Medical Device Is Considered Defective

A medical device can be considered defective if it meets any of the following criteria: 

1.  It has a design flaw that makes it inherently dangerous to the end user.
2. There was an error during its manufacturing that deviated from the intended design.
3. The device lacks proper instructions or warnings that could prevent harm when used correctly.

Common types of defective medical devices can include pacemakers, hip replacements, surgical robots, birth control devices, and more. The consequences of using a defective device can range from chronic pain to the need for additional surgeries, and in some cases, irreversible damage.

Knowing When to File a Claim

Identifying a defective medical device can be complicated. Symptoms of a defective device are often similar to other medical conditions, which can lead to misdiagnosis and further complications. If you suspect that you have been harmed by a defective medical device, it is essential to take the following steps:

1. Seek Medical Attention: Prioritize your health and consult with medical professionals to address any injuries or complications.
2. Keep Records: Document all aspects of your case, including medical records, receipts, and any correspondence related to the device.
3. Be Aware of Deadlines: Statutes of limitations apply to defective medical device cases, which limit the time you have to file a claim.
4. Consult with an Attorney: To navigate the complexities of product liability law, seek the expertise of a legal professional familiar with defective medical device cases.

What Evidence Can Support A Defective Device Claim?

A successful defective medical device case hinges on evidence that proves negligence occurred during the manufacturing process. Collecting the right information and building a strong case is vital. This includes:

1. Medical records that detail the injuries and their direct correlation to the defective device.
2. Expert testimony from medical professionals to support claims that the device is defective and hazardous.
3. Evidence that the manufacturer acted negligently in that they knew or should have known about the risks of said device.
4. Documentation showing how the defect has negatively affected your quality of life including lost wages, pain and suffering, and so on.

Financial Compensation You May Be Entitled To

If you’ve been harmed by a defective medical device, or have lost a loved one to a defective medical device,  you may be entitled to financial compensation. This can include damages for:

1. Medical expenses related to the treatment of injuries caused by the device.
2. Loss of income if you’ve been unable to work as a result of your injuries.
3. Pain and suffering resulting from the physical and emotional distress experienced.
4. Punitive damages if it’s proven that the manufacturer acted in a particularly negligent or malicious manner.

Preventive Measures and FDA Involvement

Manufacturers are not the sole entities responsible for the safety of medical devices — the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also plays a critical role. The FDA oversees the approval and regulation of medical devices, and it has systems in place for reporting adverse events. These reporting systems, such as MedWatch, allow for the tracking of potential issues with medical devices on the market.

It’s important for consumers to be proactive about their health when it comes to medical devices. Before agreeing to the use of a device, patients can:

1. Conduct research on the device and the company that manufactures it.
2. Consult with their healthcare provider about the risks and benefits.
3. Request information on any alternatives that might be available.

However, despite these precautions, defective medical devices can still reach the market. When they do, it’s important to hold the manufacturers accountable for the sake of public safety and to ensure victims are compensated for their suffering.

Navigating the Legal Process

Filing a claim for a defective medical device can be a complex legal challenge involving intricate medical details and product liability laws. It often requires a battle against large companies and their legal teams who are invested in protecting their interests. For this reason, individuals pursuing such claims need an attorney with specialized knowledge and experience in this field.

Working With A Skilled Personal Injury Attorney

While working with a personal injury attorney on your case, they will take the following actions:

1. Thoroughly investigate the specifics of your case.
2. Determine the best legal strategy.
3. Handle all negotiations with the medical device company and their insurers.
4. Represent you in court, if necessary.

Partnering with a law firm that is well-versed in handling defective medical device cases ensures that you can focus on recovery while your legal rights and interests are being aggressively defended. 

Contact Cellino Law

Defective medical devices have the potential to cause harm and disruption in lives, and those affected deserve to understand their rights and have access to justice. If you believe you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a defective medical device, it is crucial to act promptly and to seek the expertise of professionals who can guide you through the process and help you secure the compensation you’re entitled to.

While facing such daunting circumstances, remember that you don’t have to go through it alone. Contact Cellino Law for compassionate and competent legal support that can make a significant difference in your case. Reach out to us at (888)-888-8888 to discuss your situation with a knowledgeable attorney who can help you navigate these challenging waters and fight for the recompense you deserve.

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Content checked by the personal injury attorney Ross Cellino. As a family man and a trial attorney, I pride myself on winning cases and serving the community. With over 35 years of experience, I understand the function of a jury, how juries arrive at conclusions, and the role that the jury plays in administering justice. I know how to win cases. You can find us in Manhattan, Buffalo, Melville, Rochester, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and other locations throughout New York.

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