The failure of various medical devices has been all over the news in the past several years. With the most recent round of hip recalls, more testing being ordered on transvaginal mesh implants and the numerous deaths caused by defective heart defibrillator wires, the Food and Drug Administration has come under fire to implement a more stringent safety monitoring system for medical devices, as reported by the Wall Street Journal this past week. With the increasing number of injuries caused by defective medical devices, lawsuits related to the injuries are also on the rise. If you or a loved one was harmed due to the implant of a faulty medical device, you should seek experienced legal counsel from a medical malpractice lawyer with experience in litigating this type of claim.
When a medical device is not submitted to rigorous testing prior to hitting the market, many individuals fall victim to their inherent failures, such as in the case of transvaginal mesh implants, the DePuy metal on metal hip implants and more. Also, some prescription medications are not accompanied with proper warnings about dangerous side effects, such as in the case of YAZ and Avandia and other pharmaceuticals that have wide distribution. The pharmaceutical companies are in a very competitive environment and in some cases do everything in their power to be the first to market with specific drugs. One can understand the difficult situation the FDA faces concerning when to release a drug to the market; when a drug is known to help people or even cure certain serious illnesses, but has only gone through short term testing without long term studies, the decision can be difficult. That being said, there is no excuse for faulty medical devices hitting the market prematurely.
Unfortunately those that have been injured by a faulty medical device frequently must undergo additional surgery to replace the device at great cost physically, emotionally and financially. Individuals injured by drugs with inadequate warnings, may have had a child that was born with a birth defect, or suffered other serious side effects. To find out if you have a legitimate cause for legal action, contact a medical malpractice lawyer who will fully investigate the causes of your injuries by conducting a thorough review of medical records,consulting with experts in the medical field, interviewing witnesses if necessary and far more. If you live anywhere in Suffolk County, CALL NOW to speak with a highly qualified Long Island medical malpractice lawyer in a confidential, no cost case review.