Medical devices are used each day by doctors, hospitals, and consumers. A medical device can include artificial knees, heart stents, transvaginal mesh, breast implants, and IUD birth control devices. However, a medical device also includes hearing aids, thermometers, and other devices you can purchase at a pharmacy. Unfortunately, medical device injuries are more common than many people believe.
Types of Medical Device Injuries
Medical devices should improve a person’s life. They provide life-saving treatment and relieve pain and suffering. However, some medical devices cause injuries and harm to patients.
Common injuries caused by medical devices include:
- Organ damage or loss
- Chronic pain
- Heart attacks
- Bone or tissue damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain damage
- Nerve damage
- Loss of body functions
In some cases, a patient may sustain permanent impairments or die from medical device injuries.
Filing a Product Liability Claim for a Defective Medical Equipment
When medical devices cause injuries, an individual might be entitled to compensation for their injuries and damages. Designers, manufacturers, distributors, and other parties may be liable under product liability laws.
Medical device companies owe a duty of care to consumers. The products they produce should be safe to use. If there are risks, the company must notify the individual of the risks involved in using the product. If a manufacturer or other party breaches the duty of care, it can be liable for the damages caused by medical device injuries.
What Damages Are Included in a Defective Medical Device Claim?
Medical device injuries can cause a person to sustain a variety of damages. Damages may include financial losses, pain, and suffering. Our lawyers fight for maximum compensation for all damages including:
- The cost of medical treatment and care
- Expenses for in-home health care and personal care
- Scarring, disfigurement, permanent impairments, and disabilities
- Mental anguish and emotional distress
- Physical pain and suffering
- Past and future loss of income and benefits
- Decreases in future earning potential
- Loss of enjoyment of life and decreased quality of life
- Other out-of-pocket expenses and costs
Many medical injuries are preventable. If a company conceals a defect or fails to perform adequate testing before marketing a device, patients could sustain severe injuries. For some patients, the greed of a medical device company could result in their death. We fight to hold these companies liable for the damage and harm they cause.
Call Our Office to Schedule a Free Consultation with a New Orleans Defective Medical Device Lawyer
Proving a product liability claim involving a medical device is complicated. Medical experts, engineers, and other industry experts may need to assist in the investigation. You need an experienced New Orleans defective medical device attorney to handle your case.
Statutes of limitations restrict the time to file claims for medical device! Call now to discuss your case.
Attorney Fred Olinde and the legal team at The Olinde Firm have extensive experience handling medical device lawsuits. Call (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 now to schedule your free consultation with an attorney to discuss your case.