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Understanding defective medical devices

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2024 | Medical Malpractice |

When medical devices malfunction, they can cause injuries, exacerbate existing conditions, or delay critical treatment. Medical device defects can occur for many reasons and can lead to users being harmed.

Types of defects

There are many types of defects, but they include:

  • Design defects: When the design of a device is incorrect and unsafe, it may lead the device to malfunction.  For example, a hip implant may be improperly designed and may wear out sooner than it should.
  • Manufacturing defects: Even if the design is sound, mistakes and errors in the production of the item can cause harm. An example of this would be a batch of a product that is contaminated.
  • Labeling defects: Inadequate instructions or warnings may cause improper usage of a product.

Common defective medical devices

The Reardon Law Firm routinely handles cases involving medical devices that are defective. Currently, we are representing clients with the following types of devices:

  • Hip implants
  • Knee Implants
  • Hernia mesh
  • Transvaginal mesh
  • 3M Earplugs
  • CPap Machines

Who is responsible?

Responsibility for defective medical devices often lies with manufacturers, but healthcare providers and suppliers may also be liable for harm caused. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees the safety of medical devices, so it is important to report any potential defects to it.  In addition, if you believe you have been harmed by a defective medical device, you should contact a qualified attorney to discuss your potential case.