It was supposed to help you. At least that is what the health care professionals informed you before you had the surgery. And you really wanted to believe them. Doctors said the operation was a success, and you still wanted to believe them. But something did not seem or feel right. The medical device they implanted to help your heart function doesn’t seem to be helping you. You suspect it is only hurting you.
Medical devices, sometimes, malfunction, resulting in a list of complications. These complications can result so many things such as infection, excessive bleeding, bruising, blood clots, nerve damage, ruptured blood vessels, collapsed lungs and even death.
Recalls, fines and sloppy work
A group of more than 50 media partners, including the Associated Press, NBC and the International Consortium Journalists, conducted a yearlong investigation into global medical devices. Their effort provided some startling information. Among all types of medical devices, nearly 83,000 deaths and more than 1.7 million injuries were reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the past decade.
Whether your injury was caused by a defective medical device or the negligence of medical professional, you have serious grounds to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit. If it is a defective medical device, the federal government wants to know, so make sure to alert to FDA, which can pursue a recall of the device and heavily fine the manufacturer.
A physician’s negligence may include:
- Improperly implanting the device.
- Failing to sterilize the device.
- Neglecting to properly monitor the device once implanted or inserted in the patient.
- Knowingly implanting a defective device in a patient’s body.
Pursuing legal action related to a defective medical device and medical malpractice promises to be complicated and time-consuming. But you do not want what happened to you to happen to people in similar situations. And, on top of that, you and your family have suffered enough due to the negligence of health care professionals as well as the manufacturer of the medical device that harmed you.