Defective Drugs and Medical Device Legal Support
Pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers of medical devices such as wheelchairs and braces are powerful organizations worth billions of dollars. Patients using medical devices and medication hope the products will make them better. In some cases, medical devices, applicators and medications lead to serious injuries and even fatalities. When injuries are caused by negligence, injured patients may have a defective medical device claim.
You may have heard about some medication defect and medication injury claims in the news. For example, over the past few years, a number of class-action lawsuits have been filed over Yaz birth control defects. The birth control pills were often given to young women to help them control acne and prevent pregnancy. Patients reported getting blood clots while taking the medication, and tragically, some young women even lost their lives due to blood clots in their lungs. Attorneys brought forward evidence that the birth control pill increased the risk of blood clots to a dangerous degree — even in young, healthy women with very low risks of blood clots.
This and other cases of medicine defects highlight the dangers of the medication we take to enjoy a fuller, healthier life. Manufacturers of medication are carefully controlled by government agencies to ensure patient safety. Nevertheless, negligence can cause defects.
New Orleans Medical Device Defects
Medical devices, including braces and implants, can also be defective and cause serious injury. For example, over the past few years, a number of defective medical device injury claims have been launched against the makers of metal hip replacements. These hip replacements were found to be less durable than promised. In some cases, patients suffered severe pain and mobility problems because tiny metal shards were shaved from the implants and became embedded in patients’ muscles and soft tissue. This is just one example of a circumstance where a claim is necessary- not only to right the wrongs done to the patients, but also to prevent further damage to the rest of the public and future users.
Defects and Their Dangers
Defects can occur for different reasons:
- Manufacturers may rush testing to get a product on shelves sooner.
- Medical trials may be conducted incorrectly.
- Incorrect labeling may not offer patients adequate information about a device or medication.
- A faulty manufacturing process may introduce defects.
- Manufacturers may downplay risks or skew data to get medication or devices approved.
In all cases, patients could suffer pain and medical complications because of these manufacturer errors. In some cases, patients choose to contact a defective drug personal injury lawyer in NOLA or their community to file a claim.
Have You Been Injured?
If you have suffered an injury after taking a medication or using a medical device, get immediate medical help. In addition, contact Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm. Our NOLA defective drugs law firm can help you determine whether negligence has caused your injuries.
You may not be privy to the manufacturing process or drug testing procedures of a pharmaceutical company, so you may feel unsure whether you have a claim. Our compassionate NOLA defective drugs lawyer at Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm can investigate the manufacturer for you and can help you understand whether you have a claim. If you qualify to file a legal claim or take part in a class-action lawsuit, one of our attorneys can offer caring legal support or advice as you take the next steps.