Despite the fact nearly all medical devices undergo an FDA review and approval process, some still carry unknown or under-appreciated risks or defects. Typically a defect in a medical device is caused by:
Warning Defects – in some cases the manufacturer of the medical device fails to warn, or adequately warn of the potential dangers the device poses.
Design Defects – the medical device may contain a defect in its design. Despite the fact manufacturers have to submit their designs to the FDA in order to gain approval, this does not ensure the design does not contain a defect.
Manufacturing Defects – in some cases the design for the medical product is safe but the device is not manufactured according to the design specifications. This results in a defective and unsafe product placed on the market.
In recent years there are a number of medical devices that have been found to be defective. These include:
- Artificial knees and hips
- Heart stents
- Heart valves
- Implantable contraceptives and intrauterine devices
- Infusion pumps
- Medicine pumps
- Surgical mesh implants and slings
- Silicone breast implants
Current Medical Device Investigations
Defective medical device cases can be extremely complex. It can sometimes be difficult to identify the exact defect and to prove the causal relationship between the defect and the injury.
Doyle APC attorneys have experience in litigating defective medical products. We are currently investigating or accepting cases for injuries suffered as a result of the following medical devices:
- Inferior Vena Cava (“IVC”) filters
- Mirena IUDs
- Hip Implants
If you or a family member has been injured by one of these medical devices, you may have a valuable legal claim. Please contact us for a free, confidential consultation.