Millions of people throughout this country rely on medical devices to keep them safe and healthy. When a doctor recommends a medical device, they are doing so to improve the health of their patient. Common devices include internal defibrillators and pacemakers, insulin pumps, hearing aids, and more. However, there are times when medical devices are defective and can cause serious injuries to those who use them. When this happens, who can be held liable for any injuries? It is important to understand how these devices become defective and whether or not a company or manufacturer will be responsible for the expenses.
Medical devices are used to diagnose and treat various illnesses and injuries that a person may incur. Due to the very nature of these devices, they typically need to be monitored and maintained regularly. Some of the most common medical devices that are used throughout the United States include:
Many medical devices require surgery to implant them, but that is not necessarily the case with every medical device. However, all medical devices must be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before they can be used on patients.
Medical devices typically become defective in one of three ways:
If you or somebody you love is injured due to a medical device, there may be several parties who could be held liable for the damages. The specific factors related to each particular case will determine which parties face a defective product (product liability) lawsuit. This could include lawsuits against:
Defective medical device product cases can become complicated, and often cross into the territory of medical malpractice claims. These cases will require extensive investigation from a skilled product liability attorney in order to fully determine liability and obtain maximum compensation.
If you or somebody you care about has been injured due to a defective medical device, contact an attorney as soon as possible. At Mancini & Associates, our qualified and experienced team will thoroughly investigate your case so we can obtain the compensation you are entitled to. This can include: