Defective Medical Device
Your Colorado Defective Medical Device Attorney
In life, there often comes a time when we have no choice but to put our trust into the hands of someone else. Specifically, whether the circumstances are due to age, or some other unforeseen factor, bodies may require a medical device. From defibrillators to artificial knees and hips, these devices not only assist patients on a daily basis, but also add to their quality of life. Yet, what happens when the medical device is defective?
At Harlan Law, we have no tolerance for defective medical devices. After all, these devices are required to be rigorously tested, ensuring they work properly, and will not negatively affect your body. If you or someone you know has been hurt by a defective medical device in the Sate of Colorado, contact our law firm today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation by calling 970-462-9599. We may not be able to undo the past, but we can certainly try and help your future.
In this article, you will find useful information on the following topics:
- What Is a Defective Medical Device?
- How a Medical Device Becomes Defective
- Different Types of Defective Medical Devices
- When a Medical Device Is Defective, Who Is Responsible?
- Contact a Colorado Defective Medical Device Attorney Today
- About Harlan Law
What Is a Defective Medical Device?
As stated above, medical devices are often needed to assist individuals with their daily lives. Unfortunately, when the device is defective, the consequences can be severe, even deadly. In most examples, a painful and invasive surgical procedure is needed in order to implement the medical device. During this process, the device actually becomes part of the patient’s body. Therefore, if or when the device quits, or fails to work properly, a separate surgery is needed to remove the device and/or replace it.
Further, this additional surgery is generally more painful than the first one, and requires extra recovery time and expenses (hospital bills, surgeon costs, etc.). The longer you wait to have this new surgery performed, the more pain and suffering you may experience due to the defective medical device. Not to mention, if your body requires a device to function properly, but the device is faulty, your health and overall life could be significantly affected.
How a Medical Device Becomes Defective
Remember, all companies and manufactures who produce medical devices are required to not only thoroughly research their products, but also test them. However, these measures do not always take place. When the device is proven to be defective, it is commonly due to devices being rushed to market.
Specifically, a medical device can be considered “defective” by its design, the by the manufacture, or by the manufacture’s failure to warn patients of the negative side effects. The company behind the product has an ethical responsibility to not only produce quality medical devices, but to also warn the public if or when a safety issue emerges.
It is also important to know that the entire device may not be defective. It is possible for an individual component of the device to be broken, resulting in a defective medical device.
Different Types of Defective Medical Devices
There are many different medical devices available today. Your body may require one (or more than one) at some point in your life. However, when proper precautions are not taken, the device your body needs to function could cause great harm.
Different medical devices that have the potential to become defective can include:
- Artificial Hips
- Artificial Knees
- Screws/Plates in Body
- Breast Implants
- Hernia Mesh
- Shoulder Replacements
- IVC Blood Clot Filters
- Transvaginal Mesh
It is vital to know that the products listed above are just possible examples of medical devices that can prove to be defective. While some of these devices have been known to cause significant injuries, others have worked as directed.
When a Medical Device Is Defective, Who Is Responsible?
Often times, when a medical device is proven to be defective and causes harm, the manufacturer is held liable. However, other parties can be held responsible for any sustained injuries, too. These parties can include the following:
- Sales Representatives
If a medical device turns defective, it can cause more than just physical injuries. For example, devices that fail often also cause individuals emotional and financial stress. Because there are so many complexities to these types of cases, it is recommended that you speak with a Colorado defective medical device attorney. A skilled and professional attorney can help make this process easier for you, ensuring that you do not have to fight alone. After all, you have been through more than enough, and now, your time should be focused on healing.
Contact a Colorado Defective Medical Device Attorney Today
There are no words to describe what it is like watching a loved one suffer, and to not be able to do anything about it. If you or someone you know has experienced this type of pain, the attorneys at Harlan Law offer our deepest sympathies. Unfortunately, we have worked with other victims of defective medical devices in the State of Colorado, and know first-hand how difficult this situation can be for all involved parties.
To schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with a Colorado defective medical device attorney, please contact Harlan Law at 970-462-9599. Though we cannot undo the past, we can most definitely try and help your future.
About Harland Law
At Harlan Law, we realize that when it comes to choosing a law firm to represent you, the choices are limitless. However, we believe that our ability to cater our services to an individual’s needs and goals allows us to stand out from the crowd. After all, our main priority is you, the client.
You deserve a Colorado medical device attorney with skills and experience, as well as someone you can trust, which is exactly what you will find at Harlan Law. Contact us today.