Being injured by defective medical equipment or dangerous drugs can change your life forever. It can change the lives of your family members forever. Defective drugs and defective medical equipment cause traumatic injuries and life-threatening conditions. In some cases, defective products cause permanent impairments or disabilities. Who is responsible when a defective product causes an injury?
The designer, manufacturer, distributor, seller, and other parties in the health care industry could have liability for damages caused by a defective medical product. However, filing a product liability claim cannot undo the damage that has already been done by a defective product. If that is the case, why bother filing a product liability claim for a defective medical product?
You can Recover Compensation for Damages
The courts cannot undo the pain and suffering caused by defective products. However, they can award compensation to victims and their families when a defective drug or defective medical equipment causes an injury. Depending on the facts and circumstances in your case, you might be entitled to compensation for a variety of economic and noneconomic damages.
What are Damages in a Defective Product Case?
When a defective product injures you, you can sustain a variety of damages.
Physical damages are the injuries you sustain because of a dangerous product. For example, a defective drug causes injury to your kidneys or defective medical equipment causes a life-threatening infection. Because of your physical injuries, you may sustain a variety of financial losses, pain, and suffering.
Financial losses related to a defective medical product claim typically include the medical costs for treating your injuries or condition. They also include your loss of income, travel expenses, medication, medical supplies, and other out-of-pocket expenses related to the injury and your recovery. The cost of dealing with the injury or resulting disability, such as nursing home care, purchasing a wheelchair, or hiring in-home care can be included in financial damages.
Noneconomic damages refer to the pain and suffering you endure because of an injury from a defective medical product. These damages include your physical pain, emotional distress, and mental anguish. They also include any permanent disability or impairment caused by the defective product. Loss of enjoyment of life and loss of quality of life might also be compensated as noneconomic damages.
Calculating the Value of a Defective Medical Product Claim
Many factors must be considered when determining the value of your claim. An experienced New Orleans product liability attorney can evaluate your claim and help you identify the various damages that might be included in a defective product claim.
The product liability lawyers of the Olinde Firm handle a variety of product liability claims involving defective drugs and defective medical devices. Attorneys Fred Olinde and Wesley Barr fight for justice for the victims and families who have been injured because of dangerous products.
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