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Defective Medical Devices
If you’ve suffered an illness or injury related to a medical device, it’s easy to feel angry, confused, or even lost, especially if you’re struggling to pay medical bills or deal with other basic expenses. Though you might not think you have much chance of winning a lawsuit, a medical device lawyer can help clarify your options and, in many cases, get you the money you need without ever going to court, if you choose the right one. Here are a few things to do before you hire a Tennessee Medical Device Lawyers.
Gather Information About Your Product
Your attorney will be better equipped to serve you if you an provide him or her with some basic information about your medical device. The documentation you got from your surgeon or doctor should list the most important pieces of information, such as the exact product name, serial number, and manufacturer. If you no longer have your device documentation, contact the hospital or clinic where you had your surgery; under HIPPA, you have the right to a copy of medical records, and these should include the information you need.
Get a Copy of Your Medical Records
If you have not already done so, get a copy of all your medical records related to your initial surgery (when your device was implanted) as well as any subsequent records. Make sure you have the date of your initial surgery, the names of the doctors and other health care providers involved, and your prognosis at the time. Get full documentation of the problems the device has caused you and the treatments you’ve undergone since your surgery. If you’ve been under a doctor’s care for any condition not related to your device, get those records as well, since a medical device lawyer will need to prepare for any possible counter-claim.
How a Tennessee 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.