Defective Medical Devices

Defective Medical Devices

Problems with Medical Devices

Between January and October 2011, the FDA recalled 35 medical devices. Some examples from that list include:

  • Glucose test strips
  • Catheters used in angioplasty
  • Infusion pumps
  • Coronary imaging catheters
  • Stent systems
  • Catheter trays
  • Surgical grafts
  • Automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
  • Dialysis trays
  • Contact lenses

In 2010, the FDA recalls of medical devices numbered nearly 50

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration is the agency responsible for your safety when it comes to medical devices. With the incredible rate of technological innovation occurring across our nation and around the world, the number of medical devices is growing rapidly. The Medical Device Safety Institute reports that the FDA is responsible for regulating 1,700 different types of medical devices that encompass half a million device models. In the past decade, the FDA has received reports of more than 500,000 device malfunctions. When problems occur with medical devices, the consequences can be deadly for the patients whose lives rely on those products. 

At the Hollander Law Firm, Medical Malpractice Attorney Gregg Hollander believes that patients should be able to rely on their doctors and on the products their doctors use or suggest. When problems arise with those items, Boca Raton defective medical device lawyer Gregg Hollander and his team are ready to take action on behalf of residents in Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and other South Florida communities. He knows that the potential for life-threatening damage can pose big risks for medical device users.

What is a medical device? The FDA defines it as “an instrument, a machine, an implant, or a diagnostic test used to help diagnose a disease or other condition or to cure, treat, or prevent disease.” That means that a variety of products could fall into the category of medical devices:

  • Heart stents
  • Contact lenses
  • Hearing aids
  • Diabetes testing materials
  • Home pregnancy tests
  • Thermometers
  • Artificial hips and artificial knees
  • Catheters
  • Many other tests and products

When medical devices harm patients, the results may range from minor injuries to loss of life. When problems with devices are discovered, medical professionals and the American public are alerted by the FDA. Sometimes, a device may need a simple adjustment to correct an issue. In other instances, products must be removed from patients’ bodies, necessitating surgical intervention. At that, some products that are routinely used to carry out surgical procedures are, themselves, recalled.

If you’ve been harmed by a medical device, you need a defective medical device lawyer in the Boca Raton area who has the experience and the knowledge to understand how devices are developed and brought to consumers, and who has the familiarity with medical issues to form an accurate understanding of the consequences of malfunctions or defects. Residents of South Florida cities, including Boca Raton, Naples, and West Palm Beach, trust the experience and know-how that Boca Raton defective medical device attorney Gregg Hollander and his team at the Hollander Law Firm bring to each case they handle.

Attorney Hollander’s nearly two decades of exemplary service to the people of South Florida speaks to his thorough understanding of the law and of even the most complex personal injury and wrongful death claims. His capabilities as a negotiator and as a trial attorney have brought peace of mind and financial security to countless accident victims and their families. When you’ve been hurt by a defective medical device, in a motor vehicle accident, because of medical malpractice, in a slip-and-fall accident, or in any other situation, call on the proven skills of Gregg Hollander and the Hollander Law Firm. You owe us no fees unless we make a financial recovery for you. Call today and request a free consultation about your injury claim with a defective medical device attorney in Boca Raton.