When a medical device doesn’t perform as expected, the risks can be dangerous for a patient. Despite the fact medical devices are approved before entering the market, many of them cause complications, and in turn, additional medical expenses. This often leads to medical device recalls, which can be voluntary by the medical manufacturer or they can be FDA mandated.
Have you or a loved one suffered complications from a defective medical device? A Massachusetts lawyer can help determine if you have a legitimate case against the manufacturer. Contact the Law Office of Frank Fernandez immediately, as patients have a limited time to take action after a medical device has caused harm.
Below are some hip replacement or resurfacing devices which have caused pain and suffering for many patients, and which may have also been recalled.
Biomet: M2a-38, M2a-Magnum, M2a-Taper, M2a-22mm
DePuy: ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip System, ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System; Pinnacle Hip Replacement System
Smith & Nephew: R3 Acetabular System
Stryker Orthopaedics: Rejuvenate, ABG II
Wright Medical Technology: Conserve Plus Total Resurfacing Hip System, Profemur Z Hip Stem
Zimmer Holdings: Durom Cup
Other common defective medical devices include power morcellators, used to remove fibroids in women. Fibroids can cause heavy bleeding and pressure in the uterus. The affected tissue can be broken up using a power morcellator. However, sometimes the device is used unnecessarily, as it can be discovered that what was thought to be a fibroid is actually a cancer called uterine sarcoma. The cancer can potentially spread throughout the abdomen and pelvic region. You could be eligible to file a claim against a manufacturer of a power morcellator if it has caused harm. A Boston medical device attorney can evaluate your case and determine if you’re owed compensation.
Because of the high failure rate in power morcellators, the FDA issued a warning about the products in 2014. Morcellators are often used in women who are undergoing a hysterectomy or myomectomy, and the FDA warned against the use of the device in these cases. Sadly, these medical devices can lead to the spread of cancer. Additionally, it has been discovered that the risks of the devices have not been properly communicated. As a result, lawsuits have mounted against manufacturers of power morcellators. If you or a loved one has been negatively affected by this device, consult a Boston medical device lawyer to see if you should file a claim.
One of the most common replacement procedures is the knee replacement. However, medical devices used in these operations often present a lot of risk to patients. Medical manufacturer Zimmer produced a series of NexGen knee replacements which have proven to be defective and underperforming for many patients: the Lateral Posterior Stabilizing (LPS) knee, the Cruciate Retaining (CR) knee and the Minimally Invasive Solutions (MIS) knee.
Have you or a family member undergone surgery to receive one of these knee replacements? Have you been adversely affected as a result? Common symptoms include joint pain, swelling, limited range of motion or even partial or complete failure of the knee.
As a Massachusetts resident, you have certain rights if you’ve been harmed by a medical device. You could be eligible to receive compensation to cover any damages caused by a defective product. However, you have limited time once you experience any pain and suffering. Don’t wait to contact the Law Office of Frank Fernandez.