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.
When a device is found to be defective, it may be recalled by the FDA to prevent future injuries involved with the defective medical device. The FDA was recently forced to do this for a shoulder implant developed by Zimmer Biomet because there was a higher rate of fracture than stated on the label.
This was a class I recall, which means there is a risk of serious bodily harm or death. The implants were designed for people who developed arthropathy after a rotator cuff tear. But, if the device breaks, the person could lose function in their shoulder and suffer fractures.
The injuries associated with defective products can be severe. These injuries could be just as bad or worse than the original problem the device was designed to fix. This means that the victim may incur even more medical bills to fix the new problem and may not be able to do many things they used to be able to do, including work.
As a result, the victims of these defective medical devices may be entitled to compensation. The medical manufacturers may be required to compensate the victims for the damages caused by their devices.
Many people suffer from injuries caused by defective medical devices. While recalls of defective medical devices are important, the damage may have already been done to many victims before the recall. These victims may suffer severe injuries, which have a major impact on one’s life. These people may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturers, and experienced attorneys understand how these injuries affect people’s lives and may be a useful resource.
Source: LawyersandSettlements.com, “Zimmer Biomet shoulder implant recall requires immediate attention,” Brenda Craig, March 14, 2017