In many ways the medical devices and implants used in medicine today can make a huge difference in a person’s life, allowing them to overcome barriers to good health and lead a happier, more productive life. However, in rare occasions when these devices and implants fail, or malfunction, the effects can be devastating.
If you, or a loved one, has suffered health problems as a result of a malfunctioning or faulty medical device or implant, you deserve the chance to pursue a claim against the manufacturer for your illness or injury. Baron & Budd may be able to help. To discuss your legal options call us at (866) 347-7765 or complete our online contact form.
Three Decades of Dedication to Patients’ Rights
For almost four decades the attorneys at Baron & Budd have been passionately devoted to helping others who have been injured by the fault of another. In the event that manufacturers fail to communicate the risks involved in the use of their products or fail to ensure they are safe for the intended use, we believe the manufacturers should be held liable for the results of this oversight and we dedicate our time to fighting to get affected patients the compensation they deserve.
Current Medical Device and Implant Litigation
At Baron & Budd we are currently litigating on behalf of clients in cases that involve several different medical devices and implants, including all the following:
IVC Filters – An IVC filter is a small medical device designed to prevent potentially fatal pulmonary embolisms. A pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot travels from the extremities to the lungs and often leads to death. In those patients at risk – often those who have previously been diagnosed with a deep vein thrombosis – the implantation of an IVC filter can indeed prevent death.
However, in some instances these implants – which are usually placed through the groin or neck to best access the inferior vena cava can shatter or splinter, piercing nearby vital organs such as the liver, kidneys, lungs or even the heart.
Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants – Many patients sought hip implants to increase mobility and live a better life. Sadly, some of them have experienced debilitating complications, including spontaneous dislocation, metal poisoning and even damage to their nervous system. We are currently pursuing action against several hip implant manufacturers, including Wright Medical, DePuy Orthopedics, Smith and Nephew, Stryker, Biomet and Zimmer.
Surgical Hernia Mesh – An estimated 700,000 abdominal hernia surgeries occur every year, making it one of the most common surgical procedures in America. Unfortunately, many patients who underwent these surgeries later reported severe complications, such as nerve damage, bowel obstruction, or hernia recurrence. Thousands of people have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of mesh products like Ethicon’s Physiomesh, C-Qur/Atrium, and the Bard Kugel Mesh & Hernia Patch.
How an Attorney Can Help When Medical Devices or Implants Go Wrong
Once manufacturers are aware that they may be considered at fault for the failure of one of their medical devices, in an attempt to avoid costly litigation and excess negative publicity, will attempt to ‘reach out’ to possible victims and negotiate a quick financial settlement with them. To some patients, especially those who are ill, this can seem like a very kind and charitable act. However, once a patient agrees to a settlement – one that is typically a low amount – they must sign paperwork agreeing that they have no right to pursue any further legal action or to seek further damages, even if the damage from the device worsens in the future.
It is for this reason that you should never sign such paperwork, or agree to such a settlement, without consulting with an attorney first. If you have been contacted in this manner, or simply believe you or a loved one’s health has been adversely impacted by a medical device or implant contact us online or at (866) 347-7765 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Baron & Budd attorney to discuss your case.