A Defective Medical Device Can Worsen Your Condition
When a medical device is implanted in your body, it becomes part of you. Whether the device is a heart valve, a pacemaker or a prosthetic hip implant, you rely on it to restore your lifestyle, improve your mobility or even keep yourself alive. If the device turns out to be defective, it could put your life and health at risk, and you may need to undergo additional surgery to remove and replace it.
If a defective medical device has caused you needless suffering or permanent disability, or has caused a family member’s death, Crandall & Pera Law can help. We make every effort to win fair and just compensation for clients across Ohio and Kentucky. Our team of skilled medical malpractice attorneys, supported by registered nurses and legal staff, has won millions of dollars in compensation awards for our clients, both in settlements and at trial. Let us be your advocate.
Defective Medical Devices Can Be Ticking Time Bombs
Crandall & Pera Law’s dedication to helping victims of defective medical products has led us to the successful representation of clients in cases involving:
- DePuy hip and knee replacements. These devices have been recalled numerous times because of their failure rates. Patients have experienced loosening, instability, swelling and pain. Revision knee surgery is much more difficult than initial implantation and is often complicated by bone loss.
- INFUSE bone grafts. These are synthetic proteins that help grow new bone or replace damaged or diseased portions of a number of joints and bones in the body. They may come with side effects such as nerve pain, infection, and an increased risk of cancer.
- Mirena IUDs. An intrauterine device (IUD) has been linked to serious side effects: uterine perforation and migration of the device outside of the uterus. Women who develop these complications must often undergo surgical procedures to remove the device.
- NuvaRing. This continuous hormonal contraceptive (CHC) ring inserted into the vagina for three weeks each month prevents ovulation and thickens the cervical mucous to make it impenetrable to sperm. While an effective contraceptive, serious complications from its use have included blood clots, heart attack and stroke that increase with age and tobacco use.
- Power morcellators. These are electrically powered surgical instruments used for dividing and removing large masses of tissues from the abdomen during laparoscopic surgery. They have sharp edges or cutting jaws through which other instruments can be inserted. Careless operation of the instrument may cause injury to surrounding organs including bowel, bladder, ureters, pancreas, spleen and major blood vessels. The instrument may also disseminate unrecognized cancer cells.
- Stryker hip replacements. In hip replacement, the end of the femur is replaced by a ball-shaped hip stem, and the socket of the pelvis is fitted with a matching cup, creating a new ball joint. Stryker recalled one of its lines of hip stems after the implants showed signs of corroding and fretting. Hip recipients filed lawsuits against Stryker Orthopedics after severe, crippling pain forced them to have revision surgeries.
- Transvaginal mesh. Transvaginal mesh is a net-like material implanted into the vagina to repair weakened or damaged pelvic muscles that fail to support internal organs. It can be made from porous absorbable or nonabsorbable synthetic material, or from absorbable biological material. Complications of an inferior product include pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, tissue erosion of the vaginal wall, pain during sexual intercourse, and organ perforation.
- Zimmer hip and knee replacements. These are metallic replacement parts for the hip and knee joints. They were recalled because their unusually high failure rate and short working life required patients implanted with them to have revision surgery.
These failures represent a combination of unsuccessful new uses for existing devices, lack of testing because it was not required, and poor manufacturing or poor-quality materials.
Protecting Your Future
If you or a family member were injured by a defective medical device, let us be your advocate. Please call 855-444-6651 or fill out our contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation. We have offices conveniently located in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and other locations across Ohio and northern Kentucky.