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Defective Medical Devices Archives

Are breast implants causing cancer? 3 FAQs

The choice to get breast implants is a very personal decision. This decision can be part of the healing process after a mastectomy or can stem from a desire to build confidence in one's appearance. Regardless of the reasoning behind the decision, it is a fairly common one. Recent statistics show that approximately 400,000 women in the United States get breast implants every year.

Defective shoulder implant device recalled by FDA

There have been many medical devices invented over the years and people have received these devices. Medical devices are valuable and allow people to do things they could not do before or allow them to do things without pain. However, they need to work as intended to be effective. If the design was defective or faulty, the medical device can actually do more damage than there was before the device was implanted in the body.

'Strict liability' for defective medical devices

When we discuss liability in medical injury cases, we often focus on the idea of 'negligence.' There is good reason for this, as most cases when it comes to, say, a bad batch of medicine, or a medical device that is designed improperly, turn on whether there was someone at fault for the injuries that occurred due to the use of the medicine or device. However, this is not always the case.

Texas jury hits company again for defective medical devices

Last March, this blog reported that a Texas jury had found against huge medical manufacturer Johnson and Johnson and one of its corporate entities for marketing a defective hip replacement device, and awarded a large sum to the plaintiffs in damages. That case was one of several bellwether cases that had been consolidated under Texas Multi-District Litigation rules. Recently, in another of these cases, a jury in Dallas returned an even larger award against the company for the same device.

Patients have rights when hurt by defective medical devices

Modern medical technology can be a wonderful thing. The advances in physicians' ability to diagnose and treat the multitudinous ailments that may afflict a patient have resulted in creating an environment in which many diseases and injuries that would have previously resulted in almost certain death can be ameliorated or even cured. This technological advance seems to have only accelerated in recent decades. However, there is a risk also associated with rapid technological improvement: the potential for products that are defective in one way or another to reach medical offices and hospitals, and cause injury to patients.

Essure Provides No Assurance at All: The Contraceptive Marred with Problems

Sixty-two percent of women across the United States use some form of birth control. The most common form of birth control is oral contraceptives. However, misuse of the pill is so common that over one million unintended pregnancies essure box and coil.pngoccur each year. Manufacturers of other birth control devices harp on this fact to boost popularity, sales and profits.

Doctors trying to change law regarding defective medical devices

Previous posts here have discussed some real-life lawsuits that have resulted in verdicts awarding compensation to victims of defective medical equipment in Texas and around the country. For example, we discussed cases regarding the use of defective metal-on-metal hip joints, as well as "power morcellators" during hysterectomies. These are just a couple of instances cited by some physicians who are championing a bi-partisan measure in the U.S. House of Representatives that would add some language to the federal statute covering reporting of defective medical devices.

Texas and defective medical device manufacturer's resources

We've discussed several aspects of the potential for injury presented by defective medical devices in Texas. We've touched on a couple of devices that have made news as being potentially unsafe for medical procedures and some of the laws that can limit a plaintiff's ability to recover for serious injuries suffered by them, in the form of statutes of limitations and the like. However, it is important to remember that manufacturers of medical equipment have a responsibility to ensure that their products are safe for use.

Is a 'power morcellator' a dangerous medical device in Texas?

We have written fairly extensively recently about the dangers that may lurk in certain pharmacological situations where manufacturers either produce a defective substance, or fail to adequately warn doctors and consumers about potential risks of taking such drugs. Unfortunately, medications are not the only risk that must be assessed by Texas residents when dealing with health care decisions. There are various devices utilized by medical professionals that sometimes do harm -- either due to defect or unintended consequences of their use.

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