When you’re depending on a medical device for your health, it can be for a short or long period of time. Some medical devices are tools that aid doctors in monitoring your health while others may be surgically implanted to help your body stay healthy. It can be terrifying to think that something may go wrong, but it can happen. When a medical device malfunctions, it can threaten the health of the person it’s supposed to help. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries or have contracted illnesses because of a defective medical device, you may be eligible for compensation. Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP has experienced defective medical device lawyers who have provided help for those who have been hurt and suffered financial losses.
Discovering that a medical device has harmed you can cause a lot of stress as well as take time and effort to heal. During this time, you should be able to depend on someone to represent your best interests. The manufacturer’s insurance company may try to offer a settlement that’s less than you deserve. When you have an Ottawa lawyer at your side, you’ll have peace of mind because we will fight for fair and full compensation.
Before we talk more about how we can help, let’s take a look at some types of defective medical devices and the problems they can cause.
Our Firm Has Experience in Defective Medical Device Cases
Our attorneys have handled many defective medical device cases. Some of the dangerous products we’ve seen litigation about include the following:
- Bair Hugger warming blanket
- Hip replacements
- Knee replacements
- IVC filters
- Transvaginal mesh
- Power morcellators
- INFUSE bone grafts
Each of these devices can greatly affect the health of a patient. For example, the Bair Hugger warming blanket is supposed to keep patients warm during surgery. However, the blanket pumps warm air to maintain temperature. When it does this, the pump can also blow air from the floor, disturbing dust and other particles. If those particles get into the surgery site, the patient could suffer from infection.
Hip replacements and knee replacements may come out of the joints and cause severe pain. IVC filters are supposed to prevent blood clots from moving to your lungs, but sometimes the filter may detach and fail to do its job. Transvaginal mesh is another implanted device that’s caused issues like infection and pain.
Mirena and NuvaRing both have dangerous side effects. Mirena can cause brain injuries while NuvaRing may cause life-threatening blood clots. Power morcellators may have spread cancer that went undetected. INFUSE bone grafts also had serious side effects like harming the soft tissue around it and possibly causing cancer growth. All these outcomes are traumatic and patients should never have had to experience them in the first place.
Our lawyers will show how your health and wellbeing declined because of the dangerous medical device. We’re proud to represent Ottawa citizens and provide them with the help they deserve. You may not recognize the medical devices listed, but you may recognize how these devices harmed the patient. Let’s look at some of the possible consequences of harmful medical devices.
What Can Happen if a Defective Device is Used?
While you learned about some specific outcomes of the defective medical devices above, there are a few general problems that can occur because of these devices.
A defective medical device has the potential to make your original injury worse. It can fail to do what it’s designed for and the original problem continues. There’s also the chance that it could cause additional issues, like infection, which would most likely require medication, or you may to remove the device. This can mean another surgical procedure.
Treating the new injuries or illnesses could mean more tests, procedures, or a longer recovery plan. Many patients may miss work longer than they intended because they need more time to get better.
In some cases, a defective medical device may be the cause of someone losing their life. If your loved one passed away because of a malfunctioning medical device, you should give our firm a call. We understand that a wrongful death suit cannot rectify the loss of your loved one, but you may gain some comfort in knowing you pursued justice for them.
What Are the Benefits of Filing a Defective Medical Device Claim?
After dealing with health issues and treatment, the last thing you may want to add to your list is a legal claim. The legal process can be lengthy and complicated, but your lawyer can help you through it. Your claim could help you financially recover from the losses of the injury or illness.
A claim can help with:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Recovery for pain and suffering
You shouldn’t have to think about how you’re going to keep up with other expenses like mortgage, rent, or food because you have extensive medical bills. You shouldn’t have to worry about how you’re going to afford the costs of your care or about the work you’ve missed.
To get started on your case, contact our lawyers today. Our lawyers will be able to answer your questions and talk about the validity of your claim. If we decide to move forward with your case, we’ll carefully examine your medical records to find out how the medical device failed to work and how it harmed you. We’ll fight to get you full compensation so you can recover in peace.