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Injuries from Defective Medical Devices and Dangerous Drugs

On behalf of Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. Posted in Products Liability on Thursday, January 28, 2021.

The last thing anybody expects is that they will be harmed by a medical device or prescription medication. Unfortunately, dangerous medical devices and prescription meds are used on consumers regularly. Each year, thousands of people are injured or killed due to exposure to dangerous medical devices, implants, in pharmaceutical drugs. Often, the hazards associated with these products are the result of faulty manufacturing or a failure to adequately study how the product will affect consumers.

Most common injuries caused by defective medical devices and dangerous drugs

There are various injuries that can be caused by defective medical devices and dangerous pharmaceuticals. This can include both physical trauma as well as illnesses caused by the defect. Some of the most common injuries and illnesses caused by these dangerous products include the following:

  • Internal organ damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Hypoxia
  • Various types of cancer
  • Organ failure
  • Heart failure/heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Gastrointestinal injuries
  • Tissue necrosis
  • Birth defects
  • Infertility

Dangerous pharmaceutical drugs

When it comes to medications, we often see hazards when it comes to prescriptions, over the counter meds, as well as dietary and health supplements. Manufacturers of these medicines are required by the US Food and Drug Administration to conduct extensive testing into the products before they are offered to the general public. Unfortunately, there are times when drug manufacturers do not thoroughly or adequately test the medications, as there is usually a rush to get a med to the market to generate revenue. In addition to a failure to conduct complete testing, there are times when drug manufacturers fail to adequately warn consumers about various side effects and hazards associated with the product.

Some of the most common dangerous medication cases that consumers may be familiar with include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Zantac (Ranitidine)
  • Nexium Litigation
  • Zofran Litigation
  • Risperdal Litigation
  • Talcum Powder
  • Xarelto
  • Granuflo
  • Depakote
  • Actos (Pioglitazone)
  • Testosterone Medications
  • Fosamax
  • Zyprexa
  • Reglan
  • Avandia
  • Plavix
  • Pradaxa
  • Hydroxycut
  • Yaz and Yasmine

Dangerous medical devices and implants

Similar to pharmaceuticals, medical devices in implants must also undergo extensive testing and be approved by the FDA before they can be used on or inside the bodies of consumers. Again, there are times when manufacturers fail to conduct adequate testing on these products before they are released. Additionally, there are times when medical devices or implants are damaged during the manufacturing process. Anytime a medical device or implant is not thoroughly studied, or when there is a manufacturing error, there is a risk that consumers could become seriously injured.

Some of the medical implant cases that have taking place over the last few years include the following defective devices or implants:

  • Hernia Mesh
  • Breast Implants and Tissue Expanders
  • Transvaginal Mesh
  • Bard IVC Filter Litigation
  • Mirena IUD
  • DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant
  • Stryker Femoral Stem
  • DePuy ASR Hip Implant
  • Guidant Defibrillators
  • Medtronic Defibrillators
  • IV Bag Contamination

When should you contact an attorney?

As soon as you realize or suspect that an injury has occurred due to a dangerous medical device, medical implant, or medication, you should speak to an attorney. These cases often to the line between product liability claims and medical malpractice cases. You need an attorney with the legal experience necessary to handle every aspect of your claim. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., our Philadelphia product liability attorneys are here to help. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 866-597-8572. We have the resources necessary to conduct a complete investigation into your case in order to can obtain the compensation you are entitled to.