Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are designed to catch blood clots before they can migrate and become a more serious problem. However, due to design flaws and inadequate warnings from the manufacturer, these devices can migrate within the body and cause organ damage, heart complications, stroke, and even death.
Defective Medical Device Attorney
Hospitals around the world commonly use products such as the Bair Hugger surgical warming blanket to regulate a patient's temperature during invasive procedures. However, recent studies are linking the use of such devices to an increased risk of deep joint infections acquired during surgery, leading many patients to file claims against the manufacturer.
There are many safe and effective hip replacement systems available for patients who have suffered devastating injuries to the joint. Products that contain metal-on-metal components have been linked to an increased risk of metal poisoning, osteolysis, and failure rates that may require additional surgeries.
Power morcellators are surgical instruments that are used in laparoscopic mass removal and hysterectomies. This device has provided patients with a less invasive technique to perform these surgeries, but these instruments have also been found to spread cancer cells in patients with undiagnosed tumors.
Dialysis filters are intended to take over the function of a patient’s kidneys when they can no longer perform. When they do not work correctly, the results can be fatal. There have been several cases of patients dying after undergoing dialysis with Baxter filters. If you lost a loved one who was treated with a Baxter dialysis filter, you may have the grounds to join the wrongful death mass tort suit against the company.
A hernia is a medical condition in which an organ or tissue protrudes through an opening in the body. The typical treatment for a hernia involves surgery and the placement of a synthetic mesh device to strengthen the area of the perforation. Unfortunately, numerous patients have reported issues with a variety of hernia mesh products, including complications such as foreign body rejection, organ perforation, bowel obstruction, chronic pain, and pervasive rashes.
Transvaginal mesh, also known as a bladder sling or pelvic mesh, is a common treatment for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Patients who received this treatment have reported serious and painful complications, including mesh erosion, nerve damage, organ perforation, and many others. Numerous transvaginal mesh lawsuits have alleged that the manufacturers failed to adequately test their products.
Designed to help patients with chronic shoulder pain manage their symptoms, shoulder pain pumps are small catheters which deliver anesthetic medications directly into the joint. Many patients with this device have developed a serious condition known as postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis (PAGCL), which involves the steady deterioration of cartilage. The lawsuits surrounding this device claim that the manufacturers did not adequately study the potential dangers and failed to provide sufficient warnings to medical professionals about the device.
In December of 2000, approximately 40,000 hip replacements manufactured by Sulzer Orthopedics were recalled due to defective manufacturing. The hip replacements were contaminated during the manufacturing process, causing many patients to experience intense pain and difficulty walking. A class action settlement exceeding $1 billion was issued to victims of the Sulzer hip and knee replacements.
In May of 2001, Sulzer Orthopedics ordered a recall of approximately 1,600 knee replacements. The devices were contaminated with an oil residue during manufacturing which inhibited the bonding process once in place. Many patients experienced severe pain and difficulty walking as a result. As part of a class action settlement including their knee and hip replacements, Sulzer has been ordered to pay over $1 billion to victims of their devices.
The Mirena IUD is a popular birth control device that works by continuously releasing hormones that prevent fertilization. Unfortunately, many women have suffered an alarming rate of complications, including idiopathic intracranial hypertension and pelvic inflammatory disease.