Defective Medical Devices
The advances of medical technology are staggering. Today people are living longer and are able to fight back against diseases that would have killed them 20 years ago. Much of the credit is shared between the doctors, better medicines and more advanced medical equipment. In this day and age however, people are suffering from defective medical devices.
In America, thousands of people are affected in some way by defective medical devices. Some are seriously injured and some are misdiagnosed. Today, cancer diagnosis are still wrong nearly 20 percent of the time. Some are told they have this horrid disease, endure unnecessary treatments and surgeries only to find out that this ordeal was for nothing.
Sadly, the opposite scenario also happens. Someone being given a false negative report. Cancer is then left to grow and spread becomming potentially more dangerous. Cancer being left untreated is dangerous to say the least. By the time it is detected, it could be too late.
Defective medical devices are partially to blame for this. Much of the machinery used in diagnosing cancer carries a margin of error rate of nearly 30 percent. With doctors continual relaice on machinery to diagnose make misdiagnosing cancer ever more possible. Posing serious threats to people's health.
Defective medical devices can extend beyond equipment. One of the most famous cases involving defective medical devices were the silicone breast implants. Many women had these implants put in after losing their breasts to cancer. The end result varied from the implants having to be removed to the implants causing recipients to become gravely ill. The removal of the implants causes more scarring and put many women's bodies under even more stress.
Manufacturers have a duty to ensure that their products are safe. They also have a duty to alert the public to any potential hazards or problems their product may cause. Most states now allow for some form of compensation to be awarded in the event that you are harmed by a defective medical device. This can take the form of compensation for medical expenses, payback for lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering and mental anguish and finally loss of physical capacity or ability.
If you have been injured due to a defective medical device then there is legal help available. Our medical malpractice attorneys will be best able to advise you on the merits of your case and give you some insight as to what type of compensation you can expect. Contact us today.