Medical equipment must be approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), but the manufacturer of the device is ultimately responsible to ensure the safety of the product. When a medical device is discovered to be defective, the manufacturer is responsible to inform the FDA and the public about the flaw and any potential risks. If the manufacturer of the medical device does not properly inform the public and the FDA in a timely manner about the defect, that can be considered an act of negligence and the manufacturer is liable for any injuries, illnesses or deaths that occur.
Every day people use all types of medical devices such as hip replacements, transvaginal mesh, pacemakers and more. They use these devices in the hopes and expectations that they will make their lives better without pain or the likelihood of death. However, negligence on the part of the manufacturer can leave users of a medical device at risk for a multitude of debilitating injuries. These risks are of serious concern for those who require the devices for long-term use.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a defective medical device, please contact our office for an immediate and free consultation.