Defective Medical Products Cause Injuries: Learn How to Protect Your Rights
Nearly every day, you can find a new story about a defective medical product that’s caused injury – often significant injury – to a patient who trusted the device and the doctor who recommended it to help treat a condition or heal a disease. The results are almost always devastating, often having a long-term impact that can significantly affect quality of life, and sometimes even cause death.
Transvaginal mesh is an excellent example. Here’s a product that was designed to help patients suffering from a painful condition caused pelvic organ prolapse. In a healthy woman, the muscles of the pelvic floor and vaginal area provide support to internal structures, including the bladder. As a woman ages, and often as a result of childbirth, these muscles can become weakened or even damaged. As a result, the bladder and sometimes other structures, like the urethra or uterus or even the bowel, descend into the vagina, causing discomfort and pain.
Transvaginal mesh was developed to solve the problem by providing a sling-type support for organs, holding them in place. It sounds great, and for some women, it’s provided a comfortable solution as well as relief o symptoms. But for other women, the mesh has caused a host of issues that resulted in significantly more pain and discomfort, as well as numerous complications requiring surgery to correct. Some patients have experienced a permanent loss of quality of life when the mesh wound up poking through the vaginal wall.
FDA public health notice
After receiving more than 1,000 complaints about the product, the FDA finally issued a public health notification listing these potential complications:
- Erosion of the vaginal wall
- Urinary problems
- Vaginal scarring
- Recurrence of prolapse
- Blood vessel perforation
- Injury to the bowel or bladder, including perforation
- Pain during sex
- Decreased quality of life
In addition to surgery, patients experiencing complications have required blood transfusions, IV drugs and drainage of pus-filled abscesses from infections. Even with corrective treatment, many women continue to experience persistent symptoms such as pain and incontinence.
Hundreds of products
Transvaginal mesh is just one example of a defective medical product; there are hundreds of other defective products that have caused hundreds of thousands of injuries. DePuy’s hip implants alone have resulted in more than 14,000 lawsuits – 3,500 in the first year following the device recall.
Once the FDA issues a public warning, most major device manufacturing companies set aside huge sums for patient settlements. But just because a company recognizes there’s a problem, that doesn’t mean it’s any easier to receive compensation. The fact is, you’re still facing a legal battle.
What’s more, even when a product is recalled and replaced, the additional surgery to replace a defective product with a (hopefully) better one represents a period of recovery and healing that can cause additional loss of wages and missed opportunity. And none of this even takes into account the stress that occurs when we learn the trust we placed in the medical industry was been so seriously misplaced.
Defective medical products attorney
The medical costs associated with defective medical products can be astronomical. Many side effects that occur from using dangerous defective medical products require years of treatment and therapy as well as loss of income, loss of opportunity and pain and suffering that occurs when quality of life is diminished. Having a defective medical products lawyer on your side is the best way to make sure you don’t suffer financially from someone else’s mistake.
For many attorneys, proving a defective medical products case can be challenging. That’s why you need a lawyer who understands the legal implications of medical device cases and who has the resources to meet those challenges. At the Law Offices of Roger Ghai, we help clients understand their legal rights and get the compensation they need for the injuries caused by defective medical products.
Our entire staff is dedicated to making sure our clients’ cases are aggressively represented so they can feel confident and empowered instead of feeling frustrated and victimized.
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If you’ve suffered an injury as the result of a defective medical product, you need an attorney who understands how to pursue your case and protect your rights for the best possible outcome. At the Law Offices of Roger Ghai, we help clients from Marietta, Kennesaw, Atlanta and many other areas of Georgia get the compensation they deserve. Take that first step toward protecting your rights. Call (770) 792-1000 today.