Advancement in medical technology is a crucial element in saving the lives of patients who would otherwise suffer from irreversible medical ailments. Among those technological advancements are implantable medical devices.
Implantable medical devices are placed inside or on the surface of the body. Medical device implants can do a myriad of life saving and life changing functions like delivering medications, monitoring body functions, or providing support to organs and tissues.
Implants are made from a wide array of materials like metal, plastic, or ceramic. Most medical device implants must be placed by a trained medical physician. The length of time an implant is meant to be housed within the body can range from weeks to permanently. Examples of these medical devices include:
- Transvaginal Mesh
- Metal Hip Replacements
- IVC Blood Clot Filter
- Da Vinci Surgical Robot
- Essure Birth Control
Before a medical device can reach the marketplace, it must undergo approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA is an agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services that is tasked with protecting the public by validating the safety and quality of a long list of items ranging from food to medical devices. Medical devices regulated by the FDA include medical machines, contrivance, implant, in vitro reagent, or other similar or related items.
While medical devices must receive FDA approval prior to being sold and ultimately implanted, complications can arise and when they do, the FDA will monitor the severity and quantity of complaints to see if a device recall is warranted. A recall is meant to address a problem with a medical device that violates FDA law. Examples of medical device recalls include when a medical device is defective or when it could be a risk to the health of the public.
When an implantable medical device causes a patient injury, it is possible that litigation may be the only mechanism available to bring the patient justice. It is not uncommon for a patient to suffer extreme financial loss as a result of experiencing injury from a medical device. The patient may need to seek physical therapy or corrective surgery to fix the injury which can be financially draining. Litigation can help make the patient whole which attempting to force medical device manufacturers to improve their products so others are not similarly injured.
If you have suffered adverse health effects as a result of a faulty medical device, it is possible that you may be entitled to compensation. Consulting with an experienced and skilled medical device attorney is the first step to receiving the justice that you deserve. Since 2004, the law firm of Jeremy Rosenthal has focused exclusively on personal injury law and makes it their priority to put your best interest first while supplying you with first class legal representation. Call (303) 825-2223 today to schedule a consultation.