Patients rely on medical devices like pacemakers, hernia mesh, and implants to help them live healthy, pain-free lives. Unfortunately, these devices don’t always work as defects in the manufacturing process cause the products to weaken or break down. The results can be catastrophic – if not life-threatening – for patients.
The patient may need extensive surgery or end up in the emergency room because of poorly-made medical devices. Often, the company knew the product was defective or took shortcuts in the manufacturing process without testing the impact of the changes first.
When the device is at fault, the patient has the option to sue the manufacturer. This is part of product liability law as opposed to medical malpractice (when you sue a doctor or hospital). There are multiple class action lawsuits against medical device manufacturers with thousands of plaintiffs seeking compensation for their suffering. Their legal teams work extensively to prove that the medical manufacturer was negligent in their development of these devices and put their patients at risk.
When you file a lawsuit for a defective medical device, you don’t just file for the cost of your medical treatment. Along with the costs accrued in the implantation and removal of the device, plaintiffs can request reimbursement for lost wages because of treatment, long-term costs associated with damage the device caused, and pain and suffering caused by the defects. When you consider these factors, your settlement amount can start to add up.
If you received a medical device that was defective, needed to be removed, or caused long-term damage to your body, you could qualify for compensation by the manufacturer.
Contact Ralph M. Guito III, your product liability and personal injury lawyer. We will review your case and give you an idea for how much your claim is worth. Plus, we will never charge you unless you win your case, so every call with us is free.