Problems with medical devices may be the most dagneorus type of defective product case. That is because these medical devices are used in incredibly invasive ways. After all, when it comes to some products, they are actually inserted into the body and stay there for years (or even decades!). If something is wrong with those products then not only is there a chance of a problem but, in some cases, the development of those problems is just a matter of time.
Take, for example, the recent recall of Stryker hip implant products. As we have previously explained, the Stryker Orthopaedic Rejuvenate Modular Hip Implant and ABG II modular-neck hip system were pulled from the market recently after concerns about the increased risk of harm for patients who received the medical products. Metallic particles from the devices were apparently expelled from the implant and entered patient bodies. Sometimes the particles entered the bloodstream and caused a range of poisonings. On other occassions the metal entered nearby tissue and caused breakdowns and infections.
Continued Concerns About Metal-on-Metal Implants
Sadly, the Stryker recall is not the only example of problems with metal-on-metal hip implants. For the past two years, in fact, our attorneys have also been working with those affected by a similar recall from DePuy Orthopaedics. That company similarly had problems with metal-on-metla devices which showed higher than acceptable failure rates and had challenges with metallic particles entering the body.
All told thousands and thousands have been affected by these defective products. According to a story in the New York Times, as many as 500,000 Americans currently have metal-on-metal hip implants installed. Tragically, a large percentage of that group may eventually face trouble with the implant. Some estimates suggest that, in one way or another, about half of those devices may not work exactly as intended. The main issue may be the early failure rate of the product. The average implant is expected to last at least 15 years or longer. But involved parties are finding that these metal-on-metal products often only last a few years. The result is that patients often require expensive, risky, and sometimes debilitating revision surgeries.
It goes without saying that it is unreasonable for medical patients to go in for a surgery that is supposed to improve their mobility and overall well-being, only to have the implant cause more complications. Fortunately, the law is clear in providing those affected an avenue to receive compensation for their losses when that occurs.
In addition, one of the best ways to hold large companies responsible for these dangerous products so that they change practices to improve safety is via the civil justice system. The attorneys at our firm are proud to work with those hurt in these situations to demand accountability. If these companies are able to keep making obscene profits, even as they pump out sub-standard products, there is little hope for change to prevent repeat occurrences. However, if the problems with the recalled products actually impact their bottom line, then they are likely to think twice before releasing another inadequate device down the line.
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