Defective Medical Device


You Deserve Compensation If You Were Hurt by a Defective Medical Device

by Staff Blogger | June 3rd, 2019

Like prescription drugs, medical devices are supposed to go through multiple rounds of testing and approval before their manufacturers are allowed to sell them to hospitals, healthcare clinics, and patients. But because the research and development costs of medical devices are so high, product manufacturers are often desperate to get their devices approved for sale—and that means they may skip testing procedures or hide known complications.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California defective product attorneys know the damage that dangerous medical devices can cause to innocent victims. Everything from joint replacements and birth control implants, to surgical mesh and pacemakers can put patients’ health and even their lives at risk.

People who are harmed by defective medical devices often feel helpless, especially when they think about going up against multi-billion-dollar corporations. Our legal team believes that innocent victims should never have to pay for their own injury-related expenses out of their own pocket, and we aren’t afraid to stand up to big companies if it means getting victims the compensation they deserve.

You trusted that the manufacturer of your medical device went through all of the proper steps to ensure safety and effectiveness, and if they failed to do so, they should be held responsible for their negligence. Contact us today to get an experienced and dedicated legal team on your side. We’re here to help.


Hurt by a Defective Medical Device? We’re Here to Help.

by Staff Blogger | January 14th, 2019

Medical devices can be life-changing for many of the patients who receive them. They’re designed to reduce pain, increase mobility, and improve quality of life for people with a variety of health problems and disabilities, including joint issues, hernias, and heart rhythm disorders.

But like all products, medical devices must be safely engineered and thoroughly tested before they’re implanted in patients’ bodies. Unfortunately, some medical device manufacturers cut corners when pushing their products to the marketplace. In some cases, manufacturers may even hide data that shows how their products are potentially dangerous to patients in an effort to get them approved for sale.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California defective product attorneys believe that negligent manufacturers should be held liable when their products harm innocent victims. If you or someone you love was hurt by a defective hip or knee replacement, a defective hernia mesh, a dangerous IUD, a defective pacemaker, or any other medical device, we’re here to help.

We have many years of experience assisting victims like you, and we know what it takes to build strong cases on behalf of our clients. When you choose us to handle your defective device injury claim, we’ll collect evidence that proves the device manufacturer failed to uphold its duty to release products that were properly tested, and then we’ll prove that your injury or illness can be traced back to the device. Finally, we’ll negotiate to get you the compensation you deserve for your medical bills and lost wages.

Contact us today for a free consultation, and let us put our experience to work for you.


What Should You Do if You Suspect Your Medical Device Is Defective?

by Staff Blogger | August 6th, 2018

Medical devices are designed to help people by treating their health conditions and improving their mobility and range of motion.

But like all products, they’re subject to quality control issues—and that means some units can be defective and even dangerous.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California defective product lawyers know that thousands of patients undergo procedures to have medical devices implanted or installed in their bodies every year. And while many of those patients experience only minor side effects, others may experience devastating complications that can be life-threatening.

If you or someone you love received a medical device and you believe that it may be defective, it’s important to take the following two steps right away:

  • Call your doctor. Getting in touch with your doctor on the phone or in person and explaining your symptoms and any complications you’re experiencing is a vital step. Your doctor can examine you and determine whether your medical device is defective and what steps you might need to take to correct the issue.
  • Call a lawyer. If it’s determined that your medical device is defective, you may need revision surgery and other invasive treatments that are expensive and could put you out of work. Getting compensated for what you’ve been through requires evidence and a proactive mindset, and that’s why calling a lawyer right away can be beneficial.

Defective medical device injuries are serious and can even be fatal. Don’t wait to get the legal help you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.


3 Common Medical Devices That Can Be Defective

by Staff Blogger | March 12th, 2018

Medical device manufacturers often promise that their products will provide relief to patients who suffer from a wide variety of health problems. And while many patients do benefit from medical devices, some may experience severe and even life-threatening complications—especially when those defective devices are implanted into their bodies.

Medical devices can be defective for different reasons, including flawed designs, low-quality components, and flawed manufacturing processes. Because medical devices are often surgically implanted inside patients’ bodies, it may be difficult to tell if they have failed or are in the process of failing. That means patients may not realize the symptoms they’re experiencing are due to their medical devices breaking down.

Although any medical device can be defective, three of the most common include:

  1. Hip replacements – There are several types of hip implants, and some of the most popular are linked to serious injuries, including bone fractures, metal poisoning (metallosis), tissue death, and bone loss.
  2. Knee replacements – Some knee replacements are also prone to failure, and patients who receive defective knee implants often experience debilitating symptoms that can include pain, reduced range of motion, instability, and difficulty walking.
  3. Birth control implants – For many women, the convenience and reliability of birth control implants is a major selling point, but some of those devices are linked to conditions that include internal organ damage, infection, and even infertility.

If you or someone you love was hurt by a medical device, the California defective product attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers want to help. Call us today for a free consultation.


Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Getting a Medical Device

by Staff Blogger | January 1st, 2018

Medical devices are designed to help patients get relief from debilitating pain and complications associated with illnesses and chronic health problems.

But like all consumer products, some medical devices on the market have the potential to fail. Some even make it to the marketplace without proper testing or inspection. When failure-prone or poorly designed medical devices are implanted into peoples’ bodies or used to help them with health issues, serious side effects and complications can occur—some of which can be life-threatening.

As a patient, you trust your doctor to always have your best interests in mind. However, doctors aren’t always up to date on information concerning medical devices, as recalls and warnings may be issued without significant publicity. At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California defective product lawyers know that being informed and knowledgeable about your medical treatment can be your best defense against a medical device injury. Before getting a medical device, ask your doctor the following questions:

  • What are the device’s side effects, warnings, and current status? Medical devices can provide life-changing relief, but all patients should weigh potential side effects and warnings before using them. In addition, patients should be aware that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration maintains a database of recalled medical devices, which gets updated multiple times weekly.
  • Is the device necessary? Some medical devices, especially implants, may provide permanent solutions to many health problems. But their permanence can lead to serious complications. Asking your doctor whether the device is necessary and if your health problems can be solved via alternative treatments can help you avoid potentially dangerous complications.

If you or someone you love was hurt by a medical device, you deserve legal representation from a law firm that knows how to get results. Our defective product attorneys are ready to build a claim on your behalf. Call us today for a free consultation.


Symptoms of Defective Medical Devices

by Staff Blogger | October 16th, 2017

Medical devices can bring life-changing relief from pain and other symptoms caused by illnesses and health conditions. But because they’re foreign objects that are inserted into the body, there’s always a risk that something will go wrong.

Some medical devices are known to pose dangers to those who receive them due to manufacturing defects, surgical errors, or low-quality materials. When medical devices fail or are defective, patients can be at risk of developing life-threatening complications.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California defective medical device lawyers want to help anyone who has been harmed by a medical device. Symptoms of defective medical devices include:

  • Bleeding – Medical devices can shift or break apart inside the body, causing tissue or organ damage, which results in severe bleeding.
  • Pain – One of the first symptoms that patients may notice if their medical devices are defective is pain. It can range from minor to excruciating, and it may be severe enough to put them out of work.
  • Infection – Medical devices aren’t always sterile. They can cause injuries that create a risk of serious infections, which can lead to systemic complications.

If you or someone you love suspects that your medical device is defective, call your doctor right away to get a full examination. Then, get in touch with an experienced law firm. We’re here to help 24/7, and our consultations are always free.


Surgical Robot Investigated as a Potentially Defective Medical Device

by Staff Blogger | June 10th, 2013

June 10, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is looking into the risks involved Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci Surgical Robot System and if it should be considered a Defective Medical Device.

The unit has been used in thousands of hospital settings to perform numerous surgeries, including operations on vital organs. The device has been called a technological leap forward by many doctors because it allows them to use cameras and remote controls to perform microscopic procedures on patients that are often much less invasive than more traditional surgeries.

The Missoulian explains the problem with the device is that many surgeons are inexperienced with the controls. This may result in mistakes that can leave patients with serious injuries.

The FDA stated it is receiving an increasing number of complaints about mistakes made during procedures utilizing the device. In response, the agency is examining the claims and will then weigh the risks and benefits of the device to determine if it should continue to be used.

Some believe the use of the robotics is to blame for surgical mistakes recorded during the use of the device, but others say individual risk factors were to blame for many of the surgical errors.

The California Personal Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers may be able to help an individual who was injured during a surgical procedure performed using the da Vinci Surgical Robot System.

 


FDA Proposes New System To Battle Problem Of Defective Medical Devices

by Staff Blogger | September 24th, 2012

September 24, 2012

With thousands of lawsuits and claims being filed because of serious or permanent injuries stemming from defective medical devices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has submitted a new plan to help keep track of products on the market and reports of their adverse effects. According to the press release, the FDA hopes to one day have every medical device issued a unique code that would not only give information about the product and what it is used for, but also when and where it was manufactured.

The agency hopes to accomplish this goal by implementing four major steps, including:

  • Establish and promote the incorporation of a Unique Device Identification (UDI) system into the health industry.
  • Create national and international registries for products selected to go to market in the United States.
  • Update the Adverse Event Reporting and Analysis systems.
  • Develop and utilize new methods for evidence generation, synthesis, and appraisal.

The FDA hopes the program will make gathering information about certain medical devices easier to find, as well as creating a more detailed and efficient reporting system for when a problem is discovered. The agency has already begun to introduce the system, which includes certain hip implant and transvaginal mesh models.

The California personal injury lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers hope that the system will help to better protect patients from the dangers of defective medical devices and the injuries that they can inflict.


California Database Tracks Deadbeat Doctors

by Staff Blogger | January 23rd, 2012

January 23, 2012

The state of California has created a database of information that has offered residents a way to monitor which doctors in the state have been reprimanded for crimes or malpractice. The database was created in order to make information about doctors who do not properly care for patients public knowledge so that others are not hurt by their mistakes.

The database can be accessed by anyone via the Medical Board of California website and can show users information regarding a doctors educational history, license information, and public records of any complaints or charges filed against the individual doctor.

Doctors are searchable by name and license number and type. If you are having trouble finding your doctor in the system, it could be good or a bad. Doctors who have not ever been disciplined are not listed in the system; however, the database in only current through 2010, so if action has been taken against the doctor in recent years, it will not be listed either.

A quick search of the city of Alameda, California, turned up the names of nine doctors who had been disciplined as far back as eighteen years ago, and as recently as two. Several were for notices to surrender a license, while another showed information regarding a $2,000,000 medical malpractice lawsuit.

The California medical malpractice attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers would encourage all California residents to check their doctor’s names against the system to ensure the person you get your medical advice from has not made a costly, and sometimes fatal, mistake in the past.


Governor Jerry Brown Enacts New Laws In California

by Staff Blogger | October 3rd, 2011

October 3, 2011

Governor Jerry Brown enacted several pieces of legislature on Sunday that will directly impact the health care and insurance Californians receive. One of these new laws, which removed the ban on male circumcisions, has caused quite a stir.

According to The Oakland Tribune, the new law prohibits cities and counties from banning male circumcisions. Those supporting the legislature say the law will protect religious freedoms, as the procedure is a religious tradition most Jewish and Muslim males have performed. Also, experts say the procedure reduces the risk for infections, such as HIV and cancer.

Those against the bill likened the procedure to that of female circumcision, which has long been outlawed in the United States because of the negative impact on a woman’s mental and physical health, neither which are problems linked to male circumcision.

The California Accident Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers want to hear your opinions on the recently passed bill. Will the new law protecting circumcision rights also protect basic first amendment rights to freedom of religion, or is the procedure barbaric, out of date, and/or unethical? Post what you think on our Facebook wall.