Virginia Defective Medical Device Attorneys
Injury Lawyers Help People Harmed by Dangerous Medical Devices
Medical devices can transform the lives of patients across the United States, but while they have revolutionized the field of medicine, some devices can cause more harm than good, leaving patients with terrible side effects and injuries.
Just as a number of drugs have led to massive class action lawsuits, some of the same pharmaceutical companies are facing big court verdicts and pay-outs over their faulty medical devices.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers helps people who have been harmed by these devices in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and across the nation. We will provide you with experienced personal representation and make sure your claim is properly handled among the others in the mass tort litigation.
Recalls of Unsafe Medical Devices
According to the Food and Drug Administration, the number of recalls of medical devices rose 97 percent from 2003 to 2012.
Often patients do not know of the dangers of the product that has been implanted or used in their body until the FDA issues a warning. The manufacturer may have failed to warn the consumers and their doctors of the side effects of its product.
Why Untested Products Are Being Used on Patients
The ease with which pharmaceutical companies can get their products on the market was recently highlighted by Consumer Reports. In the case of most implants and other high-risk devices, manufacturers need to do nothing more than file the paperwork and pay the Food and Drug Administration approximately $4,000 to start selling a product that can quickly make that company millions of dollars. Often, the only safety “testing” that occurs is in the bodies of unsuspecting patients. In other words, the patients are often guinea pigs.
Companies such as Johnson & Johnson took advantage of the FDA’s fast-track 510(k) approval process for metal-on-metal hip implants. It means the manufacturer never had to perform clinical trials with the devices to prove their safety. It only had to show that the components were similar to other hip components already on the market.
What Are The Most Dangerous Medical Devices on the Market?
There are essentially two kinds of dangerous medical devices. Devices that are implanted in patients such as defective hips or transvaginal mesh, may cause terrible side effects. You may also have been injured by a medical device used on you in a hospital such as the DaVinci robot. Medical devices that have led to lawsuits against the manufacturers in recent years include:
- Metal on Metal Hip and Knee Replacements – Hip and knee replacements manufactured by DePuy ASR, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, Stryker or other manufacturers, for worn out knee and hip joints, have failed causing acute pain, dying tissue and bone and metal poisoning. The damage often requires further surgery to rectify.
- Transvaginal Mesh – Thousands of women are suing a group of manufacturers, claiming this mesh product, which is used to prevent pelvic organ prolapse, caused damage such as organ perforation and erosion of mesh into vaginal tissue. The complications often require further surgery to correct.
- Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters – Manufactured by CR Bard, these filters are placed in the vena cava, a large vein that carries blood into the heart of a patient with deep vein thrombosis to prevent blood clots breaking off and traveling to the heart, the lungs or the brain. The filters can break up and migrate, perforating the vena cava, heart and lungs and causing respiratory problems, hemorrhage, or even death.
- Mirena IUD – This birth control device manufactured by Bayer Healthcare is also prescribed for heavy menstrual bleeding. It can cause sepsis, uterine wall perforation, intestinal perforation and life-threatening ectopic pregnancies. Migration of the device may require surgery.
- NuvaRing – The contraceptive ring manufactured by Merck is placed in the vagina and releases hormones to stop pregnancies. It is linked to thromboembolic complications such as blood clots that can travel to the lungs and can be fatal.
- DaVinci Robot – The DaVinci robot manufactured by Intuitive Surgical has proved popular in hospitals for less invasive surgical procedures. The lawsuits are also piling up, claiming the robots caused tearing of the intestines, burns to the intestines, internal bleeding, nerve damage and death.
- Power Morcellator – These surgical tools manufactured by Johnson & Johnson were used in hospitals to treat uterine growths such as fibroid tumors and used in hysterectomy procedures. They were withdrawn in 2014 following claims the devices spread uterine cancer in women after operations.
- Bair Hugger Blankets – This device has been used for decades in a majority of American hospitals but it has come under increased scrutiny after its inventor called for a recall, and some patients claimed it led to infections.
- Esure - A form of birth control that has been linked to a wide range of painful side effects.
- Metal-on-Metal Artifical Hip - Metal on metal hip implants can wear out over time causing serious injury and painful side effects.
Lawsuits Over Defective Devices
Boston Scientific was hit by a $100 million verdict in a transvaginal mesh case in June 2015. It has agreed to pay $119 million to settle 3,000 cases. In 2014, Johnson & Johnson was reported to have set aside $4 billion for outstanding metal-on-metal claims. In 2014, Merck reportedly agreed to settle more than 1,700 NuvaRing lawsuits for $100 million. If you have been injured by any defective medical device, it’s important to act fast as there may be deadlines to file suit or take part in the settlements.
Contact a Dangerous Device Injury Lawyer
Cooper Hurley has represented clients in cases involving dangerous devices and helped them join class action lawsuits. Time may be short to make your claim as some of the settlements will close to “new” cases in the near future. Call us at 757.455.0077 or toll free at 866-455-6657 for a free consultation.