Defective Medical Devices in Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Product Liability Attorney
Have you been injured as a result of a defective medical device? Medical device manufacturers are held responsible for the safety of their products and all products should be thoroughly tested before releasing them out onto the market. However, there are times when medical devices are found to be the source of serious injury to patients and end up causing more harm than good. The unfortunate truth is that many defective device injuries are preventable, especially when the device is not being rushed onto the market with poor design and inadequate testing. Medical devices are very complex and they have many different components that go into making them safe and effective.
If you or someone you know has been injured due to a defective medical device of any kind, then consult with an Oklahoma City personal injury lawyer from our firm.
Types of Defective Medical Devices
Far too often there are products released out onto the market that manufacturers cannot wait to sell to patients. However, in cases when the medical devices are defective, the injuries may not surface until sometime down the road when the have already done irreparable damage to thousands of patients.
The most common defective medical devices include:
- Hip Replacements
- Ear Implants
- Vaginal Mesh Implants
DePuy ASR hip replacement implants ended up being recalled. The manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, ended up causing more patients unnecessary pain and difficulty as a result. Unfortunately, defective hip replacements cause patients to undergo further surgery. Many cases have also been reported of young children receiving cochlear ear implants that had defective seals. In cases like this, some children ended up going deaf as a result. There have also been many women that have filed claims against the manufacturer for defective transvaginal mesh implants that caused internal bleeding and severe pain.
Who is responsible for your injury?
When it comes to defective drugs or medical devices, it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure that their product is 100% for patient use. It is important that they find any mistakes with their product before they release it onto the market in order to avoid unwanted injuries or fatalities. If the manufacturer does find that there are minor danger hazards or negative side effects, then they are legally obligated to warn users of these risks. Typically the causes of medical device injuries always come back to manufacturer negligence, greed, or carelessness.
The most common reasons for these injuries include:
- Failure to property test the medical device
- Encouraging patients to use the device for a purpose that it was not originally intended for
- Downplaying or failing to disclose the risks associated with the product
Personal Injury Lawyer in Oklahoma City
If you believe that your injuries occurred as a result of a defective medical device, then your first step should be consulting with an Oklahoma City personal injury attorney. Here at Clemens Blair Kitch, our lawyers are involved in your case every step of the way. We have over 33 years of legal experience and we know what to expect during the claim filing process. Our lawyers have extensive trial litigation experience, not to mention we have sharp negotiation skills that we can put to work for you. Our firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of the injured in Oklahoma City and we are well-versed in the latest personal injury laws. Our firm takes on these cases on a contingency fee basis, so you and your family don't have to pay unless we win your case.