Faulty Medical Devices Cause Serious Problems
Medical devices are used in many types of surgeries and procedures. Although they are supposed to be extensively tested before they are used, faulty medical devices cause serious problems for some people. When a device is not functioning properly, or breaks, it causes medical harm to the patient. If this occurs, the victim may require additional surgery and other treatment to resolve the problem.
Types of Medical Devices Used in Treatment
There are many types of medical devices that are now used commonly in the treatment of different conditions and diseases. These devices are designed to replicate the human body, or to assist the body’s functions. The most commonly utilized medical devices include hip and knee replacements, artificial discs, pacemakers, intra-uterine devices (IUDs), and coronary stents. These devices are designed to correct problems, but in some instances, may actually be the cause of further harm.
Medical Devices Are Evaluated Before Use
In the United States, medical devices are evaluated and approved for use before they can be utilized in surgery. Even with extensive testing, sometimes medical devices are found to be defective. Some devices may degrade after extended use, or they could fail due to flawed materials. When a medical device is faulty, the company that manufactured it may be liable for any injuries or damages that resulted to patients.
Revision Surgery Is Necessary to Replace Failed Devices
When a medical implant fails, the patient probably experiences pain and requires immediate medical attention. The patient will need to undergo revision surgery to replace the failed device, and repair damage. In many cases, the device does not fail immediately. Instead, it may become faulty over time. The patient may need to undergo tests and other procedures to determine the cause of the problem.
What to Do About Defective Medical Devices
Once a medical device is found to be defective, or damaged, further medical attention is required. This may include diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitative care. These expenses would not have been incurred had the device performed as it should have. Victims of faulty medical devices may be entitled to compensation for these damages, as well as money for pain and suffering, lost wages, and other costs.
The doctor, or hospital, may be held liable if the device was not properly implanted. The company that made the device could be blamed for faulty devices. If you, or a loved one, suffered injuries due to a faulty medical device, contact Udall Shumway PLC to learn how you can get the compensation you deserve.
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