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Defective Medical Products

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Defective Medical Devices and Products - Attorneys in St. Louis

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Defects in medical products can cause serious injuries or even death among those who depend on them. It should be unconscionable for a company to even consider releasing a medically important device or aid that hasn’t been fully tested. When a mistake can be a matter of life or death, companies have a great responsibility to control the quality of every item they sell. When they fall down on their duty, we help victims get justice.

Because many medical products are so widely used, a malfunction may injure multiple patients. In response, the affected individuals may band together to bring a mass tort claim. Mass tort claims can be filed in state or federal court—we can help you determine the best approach. If you are considering a joint lawsuit with other patients who have been injured in the same way by the same product, contact Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth today for guidance.

Call us at (800) 391-4318 for a free consultation. We are here to help the victims of medical injustice.

What Medical Device Recalls Mean

Typically, when a defective medical product is discovered, the company behind the product will issue a recall. However, the item is not always removed from the market right away. The severity of the problem will be determined by the FDA, which will award it 1 of 3 recall classifications. This can affect a company’s (and consumers’) response.

  • A Class 1 Recall is the most serious: The device in question could cause severe injury or even death. All users should work with their doctors to find a suitable replacement as soon as possible.
  • A Class 2 Recall holds less urgency, though patients could still suffer serious injuries from the product. However, the injuries will be/are temporary and/or reversible.
  • A Class 3 Recall is the least serious, assigned to products that are less likely to cause serious injury.

In some cases, a medical device safety alert will be released instead of a recall. This message is meant to warn consumers of potential dangers, but ultimately leaves the choice of whether to continue using the product up to the patient and their doctor.

A Look at Recent Recalls

Oftentimes, a recall is spurred by a design defect that could result in the device either failing to perform as determined or causing additional, adverse impacts on patients. In others, enough people have reported serious side effects to the FDA that an investigation is launched regarding their claims. Less commonly, a mistake in the manufacturing process may prompt a partial or temporary recall while the company corrects its supply chain.

Here are some examples of defective medical products that have seriously hurt patients:

  • Allergan breast implants
  • DePuy hip implants
  • Da Vinci surgical robots
  • Guidant defibrillators
  • IVC Filters
  • Johnson & Johnson baby powder (talc powder)
  • Kugel mesh patches
  • MiniMed insulin pumps
  • Mirena IUDs
  • MRI contrast agents
  • Paragard IUDs
  • Pelvic mesh (transvaginal mesh)

Have you experienced difficulties because of one of these devices or other manufactured medical aids? You, along with the many other patients who have likely suffered as well, deserve justice.

Mass Tort vs. Individual Suits

Just because a mass tort (also known as a class action) suit already exists, that doesn’t mean it’s the best way for you to pursue compensation. These cases are most effective among a group of plaintiffs who have experienced the same amount and types of harm from a defective product. When medical issues are involved, there may be high levels of variation between patients depending on individual factors.

Before joining a mass tort suit, we advise you to consult with our attorneys. If your symptoms are much different from—and costlier than—those suffered by other patients, a class action settlement may not be enough to cover your damages.

Ask Us About Filing a Lawsuit Over a Defective Medical Device

If you've suffered an injury or illness because of a defective medical product or medication, our attorneys can help you understand your rights and options in a mass tort or individual injury claim. We are wholeheartedly committed to getting you the compensation you need and deserve, no matter what it takes.

Contact us online today or call (800) 391-4318 to see what our St. Louis firm can do for your case.

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