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Defective Medical Devices – Grounds For a Personal Injury Claim
The pharmaceutical industry has undeniably produced innovative and amazing products that continue to improve the lives of millions of Americans; however, this industry has also been affected by an intense amount of business competition. Unfortunately, it is often the scenario that large firms neglect safety and health issues in their focus to introduce new medications and medical devices to the market. Consequently, a number of individuals each year are killed or injured by defective medical devices. If a loved one or you yourself have experienced an illness or injury as a direct result of using one of these defective devices, then our law firm's experienced personal injury lawyers are well-prepared to offer you the aggressive advocacy and support required to hold these firms responsible for their actions.
Unsafe Medical Devices
The medical and pharmaceutical industries are strictly regulated by numerous laws and federal agencies, but unsafe medical devices occasionally still manage to appear. Researchers from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Food and Drug Administration have reported that nearly half a million injuries, due to faulty medical devices, occur each year in the United States. A percentage of these accidents can be attributed to true mishaps and accidents, but a fair number of them are the direct result of manufacturing defects and defective product designs. In certain scenarios, these defective products are recalled by the federal government or their manufacturers.
Our NH personal injury attorneys possess a number of years of experience in handling cases involving medical product, personal injury, and product liability. This background prepares our law firm to handle unsafe medical devices cases, including those involving:
§ Hip replacement recalls
§ Medicinal pumps
§ Artificial hip and joint implants
§ Surgical mesh
§ Cardiac and heart devices
§ Dental and breast implants
Families and victims are frequently left to endure the physical and emotional burdens that these types of cases can create. Many injured parties already exist in a fragile state of health, and complications caused by unsafe medical devices can be severe. Consequently, the emotional damages and financial burdens quickly accumulate and can severely affect a victim’s quality of life. Fortunately, New Hampshire product liability laws enable these victims to compensation from the responsible parties.
Hip Replacement Recalls
Patients who currently suffer from defective hip replacements (those implanted between 1997 and the present) are encouraged to contact our law firm today. Our product liability lawyers can offer assistance in understanding and exercising one’s legal rights.
For example, in December of 2000, Sulzer Orthopedics Incorporated was legally forced to recall a hip replacement device, which is believed to have affected nearly 20,000 patients across the United States. Because of a defective manufacturing technique, these implants often become loose, which causes a patient to suffer from discomfort and pain. In the most severe cases, patients have required an entirely new implant. Evidence has since been obtained that the manufacturers were aware of the existing defect and did not issue proper warnings to consumers or take the steps required to notify doctors and surgeons of these defects. Patients who have had a hip replacement after 1997 may be entitled to receive cash settlements or payment of their medical expenses.
Breast Implant Settlements
Women who opted to have breast enhancement surgery prior to November of 1993 are automatically entitled to receive monetary compensation immediately; however, only 1 in 6 women who are eligible to do so have contacted the claims administrator to register a complaint. Furthermore, these women entitled to multiple forms of protection should they fall ill within the next 15 years or to have the cost of their implant removal covered. For women who would like to register a claim or for those who require legal assistance to process a claim, our personal injury attorneys are able and ready to assist.
Holding Medical and Pharmaceutical Firms Responsible
Pharmaceutical and medical firms are ultimately responsible for making sure that their products are safe for the general public to use. When the proper tests and safeguards are not followed, defective designs executed, or unsafe manufacturing strategies used, these businesses should be held legally liable for ensuring that injured victims are properly compensated. Mistakes and accidents will happen, but this industry should be made as safe as possible. Carelessness, negligence, and corporate greed are no excuse. If you believe that you may have a potential claim for an injury due to an unsafe medical device, then contact our law firm today to learn how one of our experienced New Hampshire personal injury lawyers can help.
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