If you were injured or significantly harmed by a defective medical device, then you could be eligible for substantial compensation. Depending on the circumstances, you might be able to file a lawsuit against your doctor or the product manufacturer. The hard part is figuring out who to sue and how to sue. Feel free to reach out to a New York City product liability lawyer for answers.
Defective Medical Devices
Medical devices are recalled by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) each year due to defects. The harm caused by defective medical devices ranges from mild discomfort to life-threatening
injuries. Depending on the type of medical device that becomes defective, a person could be left with permanent harm.
Some of the most common defective medical devices that have been recalled over the past several years are implants. Surgical mesh was recalled after the mesh shrunk over time, resulting in severe pain in patients who had the mesh implanted in them. What happened is surgical mesh manufacturers were able to skip testing of their product with legal loopholes.
Many medical device companies will attempt to do the same thing to speed up their revenue. An implanted lap band designed to reduce eating for purposes of helping patients lose weight ended up injuring patients. The lap band had started causing many patients chronic nausea, vomiting, and little to no results with weight loss.
Metal hip implants were recalled after several implant failures with one patient suffering the effects of metal debris poisoning. Other patients suffered chronic pain and injuries from these hip implants. Some patients struggled with physical activities as a result.
How to Sue for a Defective Medical Device
You might be wondering if you should sue your doctor or the medical device manufacturer for your injuries. This can be a difficult question because the answer depends on who was negligent. If the doctor knowingly used a defective medical device, then the doctor could be held liable.
A damaged or defective medical device for one medical device only could be a user error by a doctor or a manufacturing error. Having a manufacturing error would mean you would sue the product manufacturer. This involves filing a product liability lawsuit against the medical device company.
Taking an action like this can be intimidating but might be easier than suing your doctor if you have evidence. You must prove a defect in the design, manufacturing, or marketing of the medical device. Pictures of the damage, defects, and blueprints all serve as evidence.
Try contacting a New York City product liability lawyer if you have questions about what other steps to take.
New York City Product Liability Attorney
Figuring out how to sue for a defective medical device can be complicated. Contact the Sullivan and Brill Law Firm by dialing (212) 566-1000 today to speak with a New York medical malpractice lawyer for a free consultation. Our San Juan legal team might be able to help you obtain compensation for medical bills, emotional distress, and lost income. We serve clients throughout New York City, Long Island, Kings, Bronx, Queens, Richmond, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, and Rockland Counties, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.