Defective Medical Device Injuries
Class Action Lawsuits, Recalls, and Safety Alerts for Medical Devices
Medical devices are increasingly common in the treatment of medical conditions such as heart problems, hernias and bladder incontinence. However, thousands of Americans die or suffer serious complications as a result of these defective medical devices. Even after a medical device is approved by the FDA, possible side effects may still be unknown to the general public, leaving millions of patients susceptible to serious injury or death.
Medical devices that can cause serious injury include defibrillators, contraceptive devices, and surgical tools, such as the transvaginal mesh. If you have been injured by any of these defective products, you may be eligible for a product liability lawsuit. Fill out our free case evaluation form to have your potential case reviewed if you or a loved one has been injured by a medical device.
Defective Medical Devices
The transvaginal mesh helps treat women with urinary stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. However, over three years, nine manufacturers of the surgical mesh received more than 1000 reports of complications including infection and bowel perforation.
Two DePuy hip replacement products, the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System, were recalled after new data showed that one in eight patients needed corrective surgery.
Mirena intrauterine contraceptive devices have been linked to perforation of the uterus, which can lead to other complications including organ damage, infection and intestinal puncture.
Stryker Corp. has recalled two metal hip replacement components because they may corrode, causing damage to bodily tissue and manifesting symptoms of pain and swelling.
Designed to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP), the Avaulta transvaginal mesh has been linked to a number of surgical mesh complications, including pelvic pain, vaginal scarring, inflammation and infection.
Although a DePuy Pinnacle hip recall has not been issued, patients have reported a number of DePuy Pinnacle problems, including hip pain and hip implant failure.
When used in cervical spine surgery or other unapproved settings, the Medtronic infuse bone graft can reportedly lead to infection, male infertility, cyst formation, swelling of the neck and throat tissue, difficulty swallowing, trouble breathing and death.
Johnson and Johnson has announced that it plans to take four of its vaginal mesh products off the marketed.
The Wright Conserve hip replacement has been linked to metallosis and other side effects associated with metal-on-metal hip implants.
The Biomet M2a-Magnum has been linked to a number of side effects including pain, metal poisoning and popping noises.
The Artelon CMC Spacer has reportedly been linked to a number of issues including inflammation, shooting or burning pain, bone loss, and misshapen thumb, which may require a revision surgery.
The Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex Knee Replacement has been linked to an early failure rate. As a result, surgeons have requested a Zimmer knee implant recall.
The Ortho Evra contraceptive patch was introduced as an alternative to oral contraceptives. However, the higher amount of hormones released by the patch puts women at a greater risk for serious side effects, such as heart attack, stroke, and pulmonary embolism.
All lots of the Ti Synex II Vertebral Body Replacement have been recalled after patients complained of increased pain, spinal compression fracture and neural injury.
Shoulder pain pumps help patients manage post-surgery pain without the help of narcotics. Unfortunately, shoulder pain pumps can cause serious long-term shoulder damage.
The Sprint Fidelis lead wire in Medtronic defibrillators has been recalled after research showed that the wire can break and cause a harmful shock to the user.
Used to repair incisional hernias, the Composix Kugel Hernia Mesh Patch was recalled due to a defect in its memory recoil ring. Unfortunately, many patients had already experience bowel obstructions, sepsis and other serious side effects before the patch was deemed defective.
Duragesic patches, also known as fentanyl patches, are used to treat chronic pain, most commonly in cancer patients. However, Duragesic patches have received a warning by the FDA because of possible leaks from the patches, which can lead to death.
Gadolinium-containing contrast agents allow doctors to spot abnormalities during MRIs and MRAs. However, gadolinium contrast agents have been linked to a potentially life-threatening condition known as nephrogenic systemic fibrosis in kidney patients.
NuvaRing is a contraceptive ring that is placed near the cervix and releases hormones to prevent pregnancy. Serious health risks associated with NuvaRing include heart attacks, strokes, and pulmonary embolism, among other dangerous side effects.
Patients implanted with the Durom Cup Hip Socket experience severe pain after surgery, often leaving them more immobile than before the procedure.
Some hospitals owned by HCA in Florida reportedly performed unnecessary cardiac catheterization and stent procedures in patients without significant artery blockages in an attempt to generate more revenue.
The ROI-C cervical cage has been linked to spinal in nerve injuries in patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery with the device.
Smith and Nephew has recalled a metal liner used in one of its hip implants after more patients than expected needed revision surgery to remove the device.
The FDA has uncovered a number of problems related to the design and manufacture of the St. Jude Durata defibrillator lead.
The FDA has recalled a component of DePuy's knee Limb Preservation System (LPS) due to a fracture risk. Patients may be at risk for loss of limb, infection and other complications.
The da Vinci surgical robot has been linked to serious complications, including organ lacerations, burns and death.
Certain Oxinium Knee Implants have been recalled by their manufacturer due to faults.