Millions of Americans depend on medical devices to help them get through their daily lives. They should never have to worry about any medical device causing them unnecessary harm. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we are ready to help if you or a loved one have been injured by a defective medical device. Let us investigate what happened so we can secure the compensation you truly deserve today. We are here when you need a Philadelphia defective medical device attorney.
What kind of devices can malfunction?
There are always going to be risks when it comes to medicine, including when it comes to the use of medical devices. There are various levels of medical devices on the market, each facing different levels of scrutiny in the approval process.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has to approve most medical devices before they are available to consumers or healthcare providers for implantation. There are three classes of devices that require inspection and approval by the FDA:
- Class I devices are considered low-risk devices. This can include items like bandages, basic surgical instruments, walkers, wheelchairs, etc. These are non-invasive devices and are not life-sustaining in and of themselves.
- Class II devices are considered intermediate-risk devices. This can include moderately-invasive devices, though they are not necessarily implanted inside a person’s body. This can include insulin pumps, IV infusion pumps, CT scanners, and more.
- Class III devices are considered high-risk devices. These devices are most heavily scrutinized and inspected and are typically implanted inside of a patient for life-saving purposes. Devices in this category include pacemakers, spinal cord stimulators, deep-brain stimulators, heart valves, and more.
As you go from Class I to Class III devices, you can see how they become progressively riskier. A malfunction of a Level III device can have much more severe consequences for a patient than a Level I devise malfunction.
One study showed that medical devices have caused more than 80,000 deaths in the US since 2008 (the study was published in 2018). Some of the top injury-causing medical devices included metal hip implants and insulin pumps. However, there were hundreds of thousands of complaints during that ten-year time period, with injuries ranging from minor to severe.
It is time to get your case moving forward
If you or someone you care about has been injured due to a defective medical device, you need to secure legal assistance as soon as possible. When you turn to the team at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., you are turning to experience you can trust. We will thoroughly investigate what happened in this can and work to secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- Cost of your current and future medical bills
- Recovery of income lost if you are unable to work
- Mental anguish damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against a company, manufacturer, or healthcare provider