What is a defective medical device?
There are many reasons why a medical device might be considered defective or dangerous. Sometimes, it's because the medical device has a design flaw. Other times, it's because the device was damaged or implanted or fitted incorrectly.
The following devices have been linked to serious side effects:
How can Gervelis Law Firm help me with my defective medical device claim?
When you have an experienced defective medical device attorney handling your case, you can dictate what happens. Instead of large corporations or insurance providers telling you what to do, you can put experience and resources to work for you and demand the compensation you need to get your life back on track.
Medical issues such as stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) can develop later in life when abdominal and pelvic muscles weaken or, in some cases, after childbirth. The primary concern with these conditions is that the organs of the pelvic region no longer stay in place and can sag, putting unnecessary stress on them.
One of the more popular methods for repairing these conditions in recent years has been the use of a transvaginal mesh, sometimes referred to as a bladder sling. While these devices have proven to be effective at holding the intended organs in place, they have also caused many other medical issues, including the erosion of the mesh that can result in re-prolapse, infections, injuries to the bladder and other pelvic organs.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury associated with the use of a transvaginal mesh, you may have a grounds for a legitimate transvaginal mesh claims. However, it's important to understand that these cases can be extremely complicated. That's why it's critical that you obtain a skilled Ohio transvaginal mesh attorney.
At Gervelis Law Firm, we are actively reviewing cases involving health complications that could be related to the use of defective transvaginal mesh products. Common symptoms that could indicate an injury include persistent pain, incontinence, urinary problems and vaginal bleeding. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact our firm immediately.
Some of the brands that have been the focus of recent litigation include the following:
- Boston Scientific Uphold and Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kits
- Bard Avaulta Pelvic Floor Repair Systems
- Gynecare Prolift Anterior, Posterior, and Total Pelvic Floor Repair Systems
- American Medical Systems Apogee, Perigee and Elevate Prolapse Repair Systems
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Knee Replacement Systems
Many Americans struggle with chronic knee pain, and thousands undergo implant surgeries each year to correct the injuries. Unfortunately, many medical device manufactures rush their products to market in pursuit of profit. These devices do not go through extensive trials with patients electing to be part of an experiment, but are sold to surgeons and patients as "safe and effective." No one would expect their medical device to fail, or be so defective that it completely alters how they must live their life. Recipients of implants manufactured by Zimmer, such as the Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial implant, have been affected by a Class II recall issued by the FDA.
The Class II recall was issued following many patient complaints of the implant loosening and causing great amounts of localized pain. Some people even required corrective surgery. This is unacceptable; medical devices should be helping patients improve their quality of life, not hindering it.
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Hip Replacement Systems
Meant to provide mobility where it has been lost, hip implants have an unfortunately lengthy track record of failure and defects. Those manufactured by companies such as Wright Medical, Depuy, Omnilife Science, Inc., Smith & Nephew and Stryker have suffered recalls as patients endured the adverse effects of defective metal-on metal implants, notably those with ball and joint or cup functions. Some of the products include:
- Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II hip stems
- Conserve Cup; Profemur
- Apex Arc hip implant
- Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal hip implant
- Biomet M2a; Magnum
- DJO hip implant (as well as their knee implants)
Patients have filed claims against these companies, citing the treatment they have needed due to defects. Metal-on-metal implants can be incredibly dangerous when malfunctioning, often producing a condition known as "metallosis". The metal from the implants wears down, sending metal fragments directly into the bloodstream. It's just as terrifying as it sounds. This disease can affect the nerves, kidneys, thyroid and heart and has the potential to be fatal.
Metal-on-bone implants are prone to serious wear and tear too, causing damage to the bone. This results in chronic pain, loss of mobility and even development of premature arthritis. If you are experiencing pain, swelling or any other adverse symptoms after the installation of an implant, contact us.
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A pacemaker is a device installed in the chest or abdomen to control abnormal heart rhythms. These abnormal rhythms, known as arrhythmias, can cause fainting spells or even more serious cardiac events. A pacemaker uses small amounts of electrical pulses in order to regulate heartbeat, and is meant to help in the treatment of cardiac issues and to prevent an increase in severity. They can also be administered to manage heart block, sinus node dysfunction, or if you have had a medical procedure done that requires the installation of a pacemaker in order to continue patient monitoring.
When a pacemaker is defective, it can't perform its duties as programmed and may cause an event itself through faulty performance. This can result in abnormal heart rhythms desperately trying to be regulated by the electrical impulses that the pacemaker sends out. This, in itself, could cause a life-threatening and potentially fatal cardiac event.
In the event of a wrongful death from a defective pacemaker, you need a lawyer. Contact us today.
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Defective Heart Stents
Mesh tubes are placed within narrow, weak or diseased arteries in order to restore blood flow to the heart. They hold the artery open, providing the essential structural support it needs in order to let blood through. Patients who undergo angioplasty greatly benefit from usage of stents, but if they prove defective, the consequences can be dire. Drug-eluting stents in particular have a polymer coating containing drugs that are meant to limit the growth of thick scar tissue within the artery. While useful, they can also be deadly.
Patients should follow a recommended blood thinner regimen, but are not always informed of this necessity. Without blood thinners, and with a defective stent, the patient runs the risk of a clot forming or the artery closing itself. These can lead to heart attacks, strokes and death. Long term blood thinning treatments used with drug-eluting stents can also lead to ulcers, internal bleeding, strokes and death. It is a healthcare provider's responsibility to remove their patient from a dangerous medical situation, not create one. Contact us today if you think you or a loved one has been a victim of a defective stent.
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Essure Birth Control
This birth control method is popular with women who want a form of permanent birth control without an invasive surgical procedure. In an outpatient procedure, Essure's metal coils are inserted into the fallopian tubes to close them with the idea of permanently preventing pregnancy. However, these coils can come undone and float into the uterus, causing ectopic pregnancies (which can be fatal) and rupturing the uterus. Internal bleeding and the irreversible nature of the damage make solutions limited to strictly surgical options.
Women in their prime have had to undergo hysterectomies, risking premature menopause in order to gain control over what the device has done to their body. If you or a loved one has been affected by the Essure birth control implant, don't hesitate. Contact us now.
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