Advances in medicine can greatly benefit society. Top scientists work to develop new and improved medical devices, medications with fewer side effects, and more effective, less invasive procedures. Also, patients are more involved with their medical care and more educated about their conditions. But when these products and procedures cause harm, injured persons are entitled to seek compensation. In the case of a faulty device or drug, medical testimony is often needed to establish an injury, and an attorney with the knowledge required to explain the malfunction on a personal level is crucial.
In one of the largest medical device lawsuits in recent history, the maker agreed to settle nearly 10,000 claims for faulty hip replacement devices. The terms of the settlement include:
- The company agreed to pay out $4 billion.
- The injuries occurred during hip replacement surgeries that were needed because the original implanted device did not perform safely.
- The device was thought to have provided a greater range of motion because of its metal-on-metal design, but instead caused dislocations and pain requiring follow-up surgery.
- Debris from the device entered the bloodstream, causing tissue death and increased levels of metallic ions.
The failure of these medical devices caused pain beyond that associated with the original surgery. Follow-up surgeries and complications may be necessary for these patients, and as with any surgery, the risk of death or complication exists. Claims for injuries from defective medical devices are some of the most serious that can be made, because there is a duty to not only seek compensation for injuries, but also to have a defective product removed from the marketplace. Preventing instances of future injuries to others is a responsibility our office takes seriously and works hard to achieve.
If a you or a loved one has suffered from the use of a medical device, call a qualified accident attorney in Boston for assistance. We are dedicated to your recovery and removing the device from the market. Our goal is to hold those responsible for your injuries financially accountable while deterring future harm. Call us to schedule a free initial consultation.