Medical devices allow many people to live healthier lives. Doctors typically surgically implant these devices. While patients may be nervous, they’re still thinking that their lives will be easier after the procedure is done. Unfortunately, when those devices are defective, they can cause more health problems or even threaten the patient’s life. If this has happened to you or a loved one, it’s important to act fast. A Peru defective medical device lawyer from Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP may be able to help you.
Our lawyers have protected and continue to protect the rights of Illinois citizens. We understand how little control you can feel when you’re dealing with an injury or illness that was caused by a medical device that was supposed to help you. We’re here to help you get back on the right track. Our lawyers will represent your best interests so you don’t have to worry about handling your claim on your own.
Defective Medical Devices
The lawyers at Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP are familiar with and have handled many unique defective medical device cases. Our product liability lawyers know that there are many steps where something could go wrong when manufacturing a product—medical devices included. The faulty devices we are currently reviewing include the following:
- Bair Hugger warming blanket
- Hip replacements
- Knee replacements
- IVC filters
- INFUSE bone grafts
- Power morcellators
- Transvaginal mesh
If you or a loved one has used one of these medical devices and has been hurt, you should get in touch with our firm as quickly as possible. The consequences of medical device injuries can be overwhelming to deal with, but you deserve justice. Our Peru lawyers will make sure that your voice is heard.
The Risks of Faulty Medical Devices
Medical devices are supposed to help people heal and feel better. Unfortunately, flawed devices can cause issues that have terrible consequences. Here are some of the ongoing issues that patients are experiencing with the defective medical devices.
Bair Hugger blankets are kept on patients undergoing surgery. The blankets keep them warm and prevents their body temperature from dropping. But there may be in issue with how it affects the air-flow in the room. Air is blown into the blanket to maintain its heat. However, the air-flow can move particles containing contaminants into the surgical site and cause debilitating and life-threatening infections.
Those getting knee or hip replacements run the risk of infection or the replacement becoming loose or failing. When the replacements loosen, the patient can experience pain and will likely need another surgery to correct the problem.
IVC filters, or inferior vena cava filters, are supposed to trap blood clots so the clots don’t get to the heart or lungs. A doctor will place a filter in the inferior vena cava. Unfortunately, the filters don’t always stay in place. When they move, they can seriously harm the patient. The filter may fail to block clots or pieces can break off and get stuck in organs.
Medtronic, the company that makes INFUSE Bone Grafts, is facing lawsuits because claimants say the company wanted doctors to use their product for other treatments than the ones that had been approved. These uses, referred to as “off-label,” resulted in injuries and death.
Bayer Pharmaceuticals makes Mirena, an intrauterine uterine device (IUD). Lawsuits claim that the product is defective because it can puncture organs and may not stay in place. When an IUD dislodges, the patient is also at risk of fluid building up in their skull.
Another form of birth control has defective claims as well. NuvaRing, made by Merck & Co., can possibly cause blood clots and lead to critical health events like heart attacks and strokes.
Power morcellators are instruments used in surgery, mostly common abdominal procedures. Patients have come forward claiming the device can cause infection, damage organs, and spread cancer.
Those who had transvaginal mesh implants have faced issues with organ damage, pain, and infection.
If you’ve sustained injuries like the ones above, dealing with a claim may be the last thing on your mind. However, with the right representation you can get the help you need.
How a Lawyer Can Help You
Our lawyers will listen to your account of what’s happened to you and will take steps to show the responsible party that their actions were unacceptable. Their product hurt you and you deserve compensation.
When a defective medical device has hurt you, it’s possible that you needed to go back to the hospital. The doctors needed to figure out the device was causing your problems and now you’re looking for ways to fix it. You may need corrective surgery to get rid of the device and you may need to be on medication. Then, you need to recover from the pain the medical device caused as well as the new surgical procedure.
This can cause significant stress because you’ll be missing work and may be struggling to keep up with your other responsibilities. We’ll fight for you to recover those losses. You’ll be able to rest assured that you have the means to pay your expenses and put food on the table.
When you have trusted legal representation, you won’t have to worry about your case getting lost in the shuffle. Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP will do everything we can to get you the help you need. Give our firm a call today and we can discuss your next steps.