We often rely on a medical device or pharmaceutical drugs to improve our health. We hope the devices or drugs we use are safe, and have very little to no side effects. We rely on those manufacturers to follow strict guidelines, test their product thoroughly, ensure their products are safe for consumer use, and provide adequate warning labels for any side effects. However, many medical device and pharmaceutical companies are negligent, and often times the consumers are injured as a result of using a medical device or taking a pharmaceutical drug.
While the FDA continually updates their website with recall notices, market withdrawals and safety alerts, you as a consumer may not warned when the product you are using has become unsafe. Below are some of the recent medical device and defective drug products still on the market:
• Actos® – This diabetes drug received a black box warning by the FDA in 2007. Although never recalled, victims suffer from an increased risk of heart failure, higher chance of developing bladder cancer, possible eye disease and swelling, increased risk of bone fractures and liver/kidney disease and failure.
• Bair Hugger Warming Blanket – Used to regulate the body temperature of surgical patients in a majority of U.S. hospitals, the surgical warming blanket may increase the chances of deep joint infection by up to 380%.
• Essure® Birth Control Implant Side Effects – The permanent birth control device is among investigation from the FDA after receiving thousands of complaints.
• Hernia Mesh Lawsuits – Certain models of hernia mesh, a surgical product used for hernia repair, have been linked to serious health complications, such as allergic reactions, bowel obstruction, renal failure, and more.
• Invokana – This diabetes drug has been linked to leg amputation, ketoacidosis and other serious and fatal side effects.
• IVC Filter – Inferior vena cava filters are inserted into patients to prevent blood clots from reaching the heart or lungs. But when the devices fail, they can move into patients’ heart or lungs, often resulting in life-threatening injuries and death.
• Metal-on-Metal Hip Injuries – Friction between moving components within metal-on-metal hip implant devices can cause severe pain and other conditions that require corrective surgery.
• Risperdal® – the FDA approved drug was intended to treat brain disorders such as schizophrenia, autism and bipolar disorder. In order to treat these disorders, Risperdal® fundamentally alters a patient’s brain chemistry. Unfortunately, one of the major side-effects of this medication is that it can lead to a severe hormone imbalance in some patients.
• Stryker® Hip Implant Lawsuits – A defective component has been reported in 14 of Styker® Corporation’s hip replacement products, injuring 1000’s of victims.
• Talcum Powder (Baby Powder)– Talc-based products, such as baby powder and feminine hygiene products, may cause an increased risk of ovarian cancer in women who use the product in the genital area.
• Transvaginal Mesh Failure – Transvaginal mesh is a medical device designed to support the internal structure of the vagina in women who have suffered pelvic organ prolapse, stress urinary incontinence, and other medical conditions. The mesh has a high rate of complications, and women may suffer bleeding, bladder perforation, and incontinence.
• Xarelto® – Xarelto is a prescription medication that was originally approved by the FDA in 2011 to prevent blood clots in patients that recently underwent knee or hip replacement surgery. However it has also been known to have serious side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding, bleeding in the brain, coughing/vomiting blood, internal bleeding and bloody stool.
• Zimmer Persona® Knee Implant – Certain components of the Zimmer Persona total knee replacement system can loosen within the knee, causing side effects that can require additional surgery to correct.
The FDA’s role is to approve medical devices for market in the U.S. after determining they are safe and effective. But the FDA approves many faulty medical products. Congressional hearings in 2008 revealed that the FDA receives over 200,000 reports of injuries and 2,000 deaths every year related to medical devices.
New medical devices and drugs enter the marketplace every day, and sometimes are rushed onto the market without proper testing to ensure safety and effectiveness. By the time a dangerous device or drug’s flaws are revealed, many patients are subjected to serious or fatal injuries.
If you are unsure of whether or not you have a product liability claim, call the offices of Attorney James B. Feinman. You can request a free, no-obligation initial consultation. While every case is unique, the exact compensation available to you is determined by the circumstances of your claim. In many cases we can generally pursue compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Defective Medical Devices and Drug lawsuits differ from other personal injury cases because they involve two intertwining areas of expertise: law and medicine. These cases are inherently complex and require the attention and skill of an attorney who is well-versed in both of these areas. The attorney you choose should:
• Have a firm understanding of medicine
• Be able to navigate through a complex medical record
• Know which experts to consult
• Know which questions to ask
• Be able to anticipate the tactics of the doctor’s team of lawyers
Healthcare professionals and drug manufacturers will likely have defended against defective product claims before; therefore, it is important for potential claimants to choose an attorney who has previously litigated defective medical device or drug claims. Having an attorney who can anticipate the tactics employed by a healthcare professional to rebut or negate your claims can be a key factor in the outcome of your case.
Unfortunately, innocent people are injured by hazardous products every day. Many more people use hazardous or defective products that, unknowingly, could cause them a serious injury, or even death. If you are injured by a defective medical device or dangerous drug, call us today at 1-800-525-5060 for a FREE confidential consultation or fill out the easy form on this page.
James B. Feinman has handled defective medical device and drug lawsuits for decades and will use his decades of experience to anticipate the strategies used by the defense. His strength lays not only in our courtroom and negotiation strategies, but also the resources and connections he has made over the years of experience.
Attorney Feinman has compiled a track record of results helping victims recover compensation for their injuries. While each case is different, we have recovered multi-million dollar results for our clients, including a $500,000 verdict for a female who suffered complications from a prescribed drug.
Unlike many law firms, we answer our own phones and you will always be able to speak with someone at our firm who is knowledgeable about your case. We won’t make you jump through hoops to understand what’s going on. We know that this is likely your first experience dealing with the defective products claims process, and we want to make this as simple and straightforward as possible. Call Attorney Feinman at 1-800-525-5060 or fill out our free consultation form.