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What is a Defective Medical Device?
Although technology appears to be progressing for the better, several medical devices have hit the market that have allegedly caused serious and life-threatening complications to consumers. Transvaginal mesh implants, hip implants, robotic surgical systems and intrauterine devices have all been connected with adverse side effects and damaging, sometimes permanent injuries.
Manufacturers produce medical devices with the intent to improve a patient’s quality of life. However, in some cases, certain products are defective and may result in severe injuries and early failure rates. Unfortunately, if a patient depends on a specific medical device such as a knee or hip replacement to help him or her get through each day with comfort and ease and that product fails to work or causes additional complications, the patient’s life may be forever changed.
It is important to contact a California defective medical device attorney as soon as an injured victim feels as though he or she has a claim. In many cases, you may be required to undergo additional surgeries, procedures or treatments to fix a problem that was allegedly caused by a defective product. These expenses are often unexpected and, depending on the treatments needed, can be quite costly. A California defective medical device attorney can help you to seek the monetary compensation to help recover from past medical bills. A California defective medical device attorney can also help you wade through the often-complex legal issues surrounding product liability claims as these cases often involve both federal and state safety laws.
Why Choose a California Defective Medical Device Attorney?
A California defective medical device attorney can help you determine whether the manufacturer provided proper instructions and warnings to the physician, the manufacturer exaggerated or over-promoted the benefits or safety of the device, the manufacturer completed sufficient testing before releasing the device for consumer use and whether the medical device, prosthesis, implant or drug was properly manufactured and designed. These factors and more are things a California defective medical device attorney can help you understand and examine.
How a California Defective Medical Device Attorney Can Help
Device makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their products, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a device maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
People injured by defective medical devices may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those killed may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.