A Defective Medical Device Can Worsen Your Condition
Experienced Ohio medical malpractice lawyers win compensation for victims of defective implants
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 hip replacement, you rely on it to restore your lifestyle, improve your mobility, or even keep you alive. The price you pay for this improvement almost always includes major surgery, often followed by a prolonged, painful rehabilitation period. 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. That will likely lead to additional immobility, pain, and rehabilitation afterward.
If a defective medical device has caused you needless suffering or permanent disability, or has caused a family member’s death, the Ohio medical malpractice lawyers at Crandall & Pera Law want to help. We understand how poor technology and medical malpractice can combine to impact Ohio families, and we make every effort to win fair and just compensation for them. 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. Please visit one of our Ohio offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chagrin Falls, Columbus, or Chesterland.
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 such as:
- Bladder slings. These devices support the blabber to relieve symptoms of female urinary incontinence. Defective slings have deteriorated and penetrated nearby organs, caused prolonged difficulty urinating, or caused new symptoms of incontinence, specifically urgency. The risks associated with the surgery also include infections at screw or staple points and internal bleeding.
- 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.
- NuvaRings. NuvaRing is the brand name of a continuous hormonal contraceptive (CHC) ring that is inserted into the vagina for three weeks each month. It prevents ovulation and thickens the cervical mucous to make it impenetrable to sperm. While it is an effective contraceptive, serious complications from its use have included blood clots, heart attack, and stroke. Those risks increase with age, and with 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 non-absorbable synthetic material, or from absorbable biologic 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 materials.
Why you should choose Crandall & Pera Law
We are committed to protecting the interests of Ohio families who are injured by medical devices that are supposed to help them regain their health. We combine our legal capability with genuine concern for our clients. No one deserves to undergo painful revision surgery because of a design defect in a medical device that could have been corrected by proper testing before it was ever marketed. When clients seek our help, we investigate their claims thoroughly. Our Registered Nurses work hand in hand with our experienced malpractice attorneys and outside medical sources to determine the extent of the damage they sustained. We only settle a case when the outcome is right for our clients.
Protecting Ohio families and their futures
If you or a family member were injured by a defective medical device, let us be your advocate. An Ohio defective medical device litigation attorney from Crandall & Pera Law can help you secure your future and protect your family. Please call 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation. With offices conveniently located in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Chesterland, and Chagrin Falls, we are always nearby when you need us