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What Are the Most Common Defective Medical Devices?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 30, 2017

When you’re sick or injured, you go to the doctor in the hopes that they will treat you properly and make you well again. Sometimes that means implementing medical devices in certain areas of the body, meant to repair or replace.

Usually, these devices do what they’re meant to without problem. But in more unfortunate cases, the devices end up hurting the patient instead of helping him or her. This has been the basis of many class action claims over the past decade or so, and injured patients continue to come forward.

The Most Common Defective Medical Devices

Some types of medical devices are known to be defective, largely because lawsuits have gotten them in the news. These defects move beyond the inherent risk associated with any medical device or procedure, and can cause serious harm to patients that are already suffering.

  • Metal hip implants have been a focus among patients and hospitals alike over the past several years. In some cases the implant has degraded over time and parts of it have broken off. This causes pain and swelling in the hip area. In some cases, metal poisoning has been reported.
  • Defibrillators, also known as pacemakers, designed to deliver a small electrical impulse to the heart, have also been in the spotlight for repeatedly malfunctioning. The biggest complaint with defibrillators is that they sometimes don’t work when the patient is undergoing a heart attack. Those moments can be crucial in saving someone’s life, and it’s important for manufacturers to ensure that their devices function properly at all times.
  • Transvaginal mesh implants can help women suffering from pelvic floor issues, but they’ve been known to bring their own problems as well. Sometimes, the mesh starts to erode and, like hip implants, pieces have broken off. The difference with the mesh is that those small, sharp pieces can travel to nearby organs and puncture them.
  • Medical robots are not devices implanted into a patient, but rather used during a procedure. While this may sound very futuristic, it’s a practice that’s been going on since the 1980s. Today, the biggest problem has been found with Da Vinci robots, which have been known to cause injury to the patients they’re being used to treat.

These are just some of the most common defective medical devices, but there are many different others. If you have been injured by a defective medical device, contact the experienced lawyers here at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., at (888) 228-3860. We’ll be happy to review your case.

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