A medical device can make the difference between life and death for many patients. Every day, new technologies allow the creation of better inventions that can improve lives and keep people living longer. While many people owe their lives to innovative medical devices, some patients will suffer lifelong complications.
Help for Victims Injured by Defective Medical Devices
Medical devices can be something as simple as a piece of plastic tubing or as complex as a computerized implant. From artificial hearts and joints to pacemakers, each device must be tested and approved for sale to protect the public. But in many cases, these devices are allowed to hurt many people before they are deemed unsafe. We can help you take action after a medical device failure, including:
How Defective Medical Devices Make Their Way Into Patients’ Bodies
Just as for prescription drugs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is charged with regulating medical devices and ensuring they are safe for consumers. However, the medical device industry is a billion dollar business, and has increasingly gained power over the FDA in recent years. Companies are eager to get new devices onto the market as quickly as possible, and the FDA is under increased pressure from manufacturers to speed up the approval process and lessen regulation of these devices.
In order to sell their products to patients and hospitals as soon as possible, medical device manufacturers may skip crucial testing procedures that can identify safety risks. Doctors are often misled into thinking that these devices are safe to use, while consumers who receive the devices unwittingly become test subjects. It may take months or even years for the full effects of a failed device to become known—and during this time the manufacturer will continue to profit as patients suffer.
If a medical device is discovered to cause injury, the FDA can issue a recall and prevent doctors from using the product in the future. However, FDA-ordered recalls are rare, and are usually done only after hundreds or thousands of patients have been harmed by the device. Many may be unable to earn a living, some are placed under a severe financial strain due to medical bills, and still more will be forced to endure chronic pain for the rest of their lives.
If You Lend Us Your Voice, We Can Take Action!
At the McGartland Law Firm, we help injured patients hold medical product manufacturers accountable. For over 25 years, we have assisted injury victims and their families, getting them the compensation they deserved for lost income, medical costs, and pain and suffering. We work with attorneys in every state, allowing us to take your case no matter where you live—and since we work on a contingency-fee basis, you will not owe us anything unless we win your case. Call the number on this page to discuss your case with our legal team today.