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.