Medical products and devices are meant to help people live longer, healthier lives. Unfortunately, when these devices are defective, they often have the opposite effect. Due to improper trials and testing, manufacturing mistakes, and the often profits-focused pharmaceutical industry, defective medical devices make their way onto the consumer market all too often. The impact of this is both far-reaching and devastating.
Defective medical products and devices cause serious harm to large groups of people. Defective medical device litigation often takes the form of mass torts, in which individuals pursue separate but similar damages for injuries incurred by a single product. This type of litigation differs from class actions in that each plaintiff is affected differently by a singular defective medical device and therefore seeks individual compensation for unique damages.
The Virginia Beach defective medical device attorneys at Breit Drescher Imprevento can help you seek compensation for your injuries. Call us at (757) 330-4099 to schedule a free consultation.
Common Types of Defective Medical Products & Devices
Currently, there are thousands of medical products and devices available to consumers. According to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), there are about 1,800 different types of medical devices. Every medical device must be approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before it can be marketed, sold, and used.
However, despite strict safety standards and testing, many defective medical devices still make it onto the marketplace. This often occurs as a result of improper testing, small sample size, insufficient review, and failure to take into account real-life situations. Additionally, many doctors and physicians prescribe drugs or medical devices for unapproved uses. This can lead to serious negative consequences.
Examples of types of medical devices that are commonly defective or that have had recalls or been involved in largescale litigation include:
- Metal on metal hip implants/replacements
- Depuy ASR hip implants
- Certain birth control products, including the Mirena IUD
- Transvaginal mesh products
- Hernia mesh
- Zimmer Persona knee implants
- IVC filters
- The 3M Bair Hugger
- da Vinci Surgical Robots
- Insulin pumps
- Heart stents and implantable heart devices
This list is by no means comprehensive. There are countless other types of medical devices and drugs that can be and often are defective. If you were seriously injured or your loved one was killed as a result of a defective medical device, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages.
Discuss Your Options with an Experienced Attorney
Defective medical device litigation is often complex. However, at Breit Drescher Imprevento, we are not afraid to take on large pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers. Our Virginia Beach defective medical device attorneys have extensive experience pursuing these types of cases. Since 1988, we have successfully recovered more than $250 million on behalf of our clients. We understand the immense impact a defective medical product can have on your life, which is why we offer compassionate, personalized representation and aggressive advocacy in and out of the courtroom.
If you believe a defective medical device caused your injuries, contact us as soon as possible for a free, confidential case evaluation. We can be reached at (757) 330-4099.