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Filing Medical Device Lawsuits in Pittsburgh, PA

When you are ill or injured, you put your trust in the hands of medical professionals and the medical devices they use. You expect that the devices will not only work as intended but also be safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Medical devices can be defective, causing serious harm to patients.

At Friday & Cox, we have been helping people who have been injured by defective medical devices in Pennsylvania. If you have been injured by a medical device, we can help you understand your rights and options. Our Pittsburgh medical device injury attorneys will help you fight for the maximum compensation you are owed.

For a free consultation with our experienced legal team, call (412) 900-8250 or contact us online today. We serve clients throughout Western Pennsylvania.

Commonly Defective Medical Devices

A defective medical device refers to any medical equipment, instrument, implant, or other healthcare product that fails to perform as intended or poses a risk to patients due to design flaws, manufacturing errors, inadequate labeling, or other issues. These defects can result in serious harm, injury, or even death to patients who use the device.

Common types of defective medical devices include:

  • Faulty Implants: Implants such as pacemakers, artificial joints, breast implants, and contraceptive devices may have design flaws or manufacturing defects that lead to complications such as implant failure, migration, or tissue damage.
  • Surgical Instruments: Surgical tools and instruments may be defective if they break or malfunction during procedures, leading to complications or surgical errors.
  • Drug Delivery Systems: Devices used for administering medications, such as infusion pumps or insulin pumps, may have defects that result in incorrect dosages or delivery failures, causing harm to patients.
  • Prosthetics: Prosthetic limbs or other body parts may have defects that lead to discomfort, poor fit, or functional limitations for the user.
  • Diagnostic Equipment: Defects in diagnostic devices such as MRI machines, X-ray machines, or blood glucose monitors can lead to incorrect diagnoses or missed health conditions.
  • Defective Monitoring Devices: Devices used to monitor vital signs or other health parameters, such as heart monitors or blood pressure cuffs, may provide inaccurate readings due to defects, potentially leading to incorrect treatment decisions.
  • Transvaginal Mesh: Used to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence in women, transvaginal mesh implants have been associated with serious complications such as organ perforation, chronic pain, and infection due to design flaws.
  • Hip Replacements: Certain models of hip replacement implants have been found to have design defects or premature failure rates, leading to revision surgeries and other complications for patients.
  • Defective Stents: Stents used to keep blood vessels open or to support weak arteries may have defects that lead to blockages, movement within the body, or other complications.
  • Dialysis Machines: Defective dialysis machines used for kidney failure treatment can lead to improper filtration, contamination, or other issues, posing serious health risks to patients.

Who is Liable for Defective Medical Devices?

In Pennsylvania, liability for a defective medical device can potentially extend to several parties involved in the design, manufacturing, distribution, and sale of the product. These parties may include:

  • Manufacturers: The primary responsibility for ensuring the safety and effectiveness of a medical device lies with the manufacturer. If a defect occurs in the design or production process of the device, the manufacturer may be held liable for any resulting harm to patients.
  • Distributors and Retailers: Companies involved in the distribution and sale of medical devices may also bear liability if they knew or should have known about defects in the product but failed to take appropriate action, such as issuing recalls or warnings.
  • Healthcare Providers: In some cases, healthcare providers such as hospitals or clinics may be held liable for injuries caused by defective medical devices if they were negligent in selecting, using, or maintaining the device, or if they failed to properly inform patients about known risks associated with its use.
  • Testing Laboratories: Laboratories responsible for testing medical devices for safety and efficacy may be held liable if they provided inaccurate or misleading test results that led to the approval or continued use of a defective device.
  • Regulatory Agencies: While regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) primarily focus on ensuring the safety and effectiveness of medical devices before they enter the market, they may still face liability if they fail to adequately review or respond to reports of adverse events associated with a device.
  • Third-Party Manufacturers or Suppliers: If a component or part of a medical device is manufactured or supplied by a third party and is found to be defective, that party may also be held liable for any resulting harm.

How Our Medical Device Injury Attorneys Can Help You

When you have been injured by a defective medical device, you may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs related to the device. You may also be able to recover compensation for your pain and suffering. Our attorneys will review your case and help you understand your rights and options. We will handle all aspects of your case, so you can focus on your recovery.

When you choose Friday & Cox, you can expect:

  • Compassionate counsel – We understand how difficult it can be to recover from a medical device injury. We will be there to answer your questions and provide the support you need every step of the way.
  • Aggressive advocacy – We are experienced trial lawyers, and we are not afraid to take your case to court. We will fight for your rights and help you recover the compensation you are owed.
  • Responsive communication – We understand that you have questions and concerns. We will return your calls and emails as soon as possible and keep you informed about the progress of your case.

Contact us today at (412) 900-8250 for a free case evaluation.

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