Defective Medical Devices in Oregon

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While medical devices are often thought to help a person by controlling an illness, providing more mobility for a patient, aiding in a surgical procedure or many other indications, unfortunately there are instances in which a device that is supposed to help a person actually causes more harm or even wrongful death when a device is defective. It should be noted that patients can react negatively to medical devices without the fault of the physician or device manufacturer. However, where mass complaints of a medical device’s defects are received by the Food and Drugs Administration issues a recall of such defective medical devices in Oregon.


These are difficult types of cases because there are many factors that could result in serious personal injuries or the wrongful death of an innocent person all due to a defective medical device in Oregon.  There can also be many different defendants in these types of cases, including the surgeon and healthcare provider who placed the device, the manufacturer, and even a retailer.  There are also many other things that could result in serious personal injuries other than the device causing direct injury, such as if it stops working like a pacemaker.


Issues with Defective Medical Devices in Oregon


Usually, the cases of medical devices are litigated against manufacturers of such defective medical devices. Medical devices that have been found to be commonly defective include the following:


  • Metal Hip Replacements – These implants have not only been found to be defective in their use, but have also been found to even cause illness to the patient. Metal hip implants have caused patients metal poisoning which is quite dangerous. Another potential complication of a metal hip replacement is cobalt toxicity. Failure of these types of implants causes a patient to undergo treatment for metal poisoning (if affected) and removal of the implant. Hip replacement surgeries are quite invasive and therefore can be traumatic for a patient to have to undergo additional hip replacement surgeries due to the fault of the manufacturer or physician. 
  • Hip Implants – While hip implants can be incredibly helpful to a patient by aiding in their mobility and quality of life, these implants are also known to sometimes be defective. Defective devices cause patients to undergo another invasive and major surgery which carries it’s own risks and complications. One well-known type of hip implant that has been recalled is the DePuy hip implants due to patient injuries and high failure rates.     
  • Drug Coated Stents – A stent is a tube-like device that is inserted into a blood vessel or artery. The goal of the stent is to keep the artery open once the blockage is cleared. The medication that is released from these types of stents often aids in prevention of new blockages and scar tissue. These types of stents often aid in the treatment of people with coronary artery disease. These devices have been recalled for a variety of reasons, including the balloon not deflating (causing death of requiring major bypass surgery),  separation of the tip of the inner catheter, and fractures of the delivery system. 
  • Infuse Bone Grafts – These bone grafts are used to stimulate new bone growth or may be used to replace damaged bones or joints. The device is often used to fuse vertebrae together in the spine to treat degenerative disc disease. These grafts could lead to some serious side effects like adverse reaction, bone overgrowth, swelling, pain, infections, bleeding, or blood clots.  
  • Transvaginal Mesh – The role of transvaginal mesh is to correct stress urinary incontinence of pelvic organ prolapse. The mesh is inserted as a small patch in the vaginal wall. Unfortunately, many people who had this device used in a procedure to treat stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse have suffered organ perforation and mesh erosion. 
  • IVC Filters – An IVC filter is a wiry, small device that aids in catching blood clots which can prevent pulmonary embolism. Unfortunately, while IVC filters can be quite beneficial to a patient, this type of device has encountered recalls due to complications such as blood vessel damage, heart of lung embolisms and failure to place proper warning labels, leading to improper insertion of the device. 
  • Bladder Slings – A bladder sling is used to help control stress urinary incontinence. This is another mesh type device which have been found to be defective. This is because a defective bladder sling could have an adverse effect on nearby organs. This device has been found to lead to pain and difficulty urinating post operatively. These devices which are implanted to help with incontinence could also very well cause renewed symptoms of incontinence.  
  • IUDs – An IUD is an implantable device for women who are looking for a more long term form of contraception. While there has never been an official recall of the Mirena product, many women have encountered migration of the device out of the uterus, leading to organ perforation. 
  • LASIK Eye Surgery – While Lasik eye surgery can be incredibly beneficial to a person by improving or restoring their eye sight, there have been defects to the product, including damaging effects to the cornea which could become permanent. This may lead to a patient needing to undergo additional surgeries or the use of contact lenses. 
  • Da Vinci Robot Surgery – While Da Vinci robots have been used to aid surgeons during surgeries that require extreme precision, unfortunately there have been recalls of this surgical device, including vibration of the device. Obviously this can be quite harmful if a device vibrates during a procedure that causes extreme precision as it can cause serious injury or even death to the patient.


How Can Our Oregon Defective Medical Device Attorneys Help You?


While the creation of medical devices have created great advancements over the years, they also have created danger in some instances for patients who use them. While they are supposed to help reduce surgical error, improve quality of life, aid in mobility and prevent complications from medical conditions, unfortunately a device may fail to work properly due to it being defective which can cause serious injury or even death. 


If you or a loved one suffered injury or death from a defective medical device, you may be entitled to compensation. Compensation for this type of injury may include the following:


  • Past physical pain and suffering
  • Future physical pain and suffering
  • Past, present and future medical bills
  • Burial and funeral expenses
  • Rehabilitation coverage
  • Emotional pain and suffering (past and future)
  • Loss of consortium
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future wages


Having an experienced law firm to protect your rights is important because many defective medical devices in Oregon will result in serious personal injuries.  They will also be hotly contested by another lawyer that will likely fit back hard to limit the recover you could receive.  Most of the time this is done by other defendants pointing fingers at each other in a way to make it more difficult for you and your loved ones to recover the compensation that you need.  Having an experienced lawyer to weed through these cross-claims can mean recovering what you deserve.


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If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.


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