Defective Medical Devices

New Hampshire & Maine Personal Injury Attorneys

While the pharmaceutical industry has produced amazing and innovative products that help improve the lives of Americans, it is also plagued by an intense level of business competition. It is often the case that large corporations neglect health and safety issues in their efforts to push medical devices and medications onto the market. As a result, numerous individuals are injured or killed by defective medical devices.

If you or a loved one has experienced an injury or illness as the result of using a defective medical or pharmaceutical device, our firm's personal injury legal team is prepared to provide you with the support and aggressive advocacy you need to hold companies liable.

Unsafe Medical Products

While the medical industry is heavily regulated by a number of federal agencies and laws, unsafe devices still find their way onto the public market. In fact, researchers from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report that approximately 450,000 medical device injuries occur each year in the United States. While some of these injuries can be attributed to genuine accidents and mishaps, a fair percentage of them are the result of defective designs and manufacturing defects. In some situations, defective pharmaceutical products are often recalled by companies or by the federal government. If you are interested in whether your medical device has been recalled, you can visit the FDA's official website to find recall lists and information.

Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., has the benefit of having a highly experienced and knowledgeable legal team with specializations in product liability, personal injury and medical product legal issues. This prepares our firm to handle a variety of defective medical device cases, including those that involve:

  • J&J DePuy hip replacement recalls
  • Pacemakers
  • Artificial joint and hip implants
  • Medicinal pumps
  • Catheters
  • Surgical mesh
  • Heart and cardiac devices
  • Breast and dental implants

Victims and families are often left to endure the burdens that medical device injuries can create. As many injured victims are already in fragile states of health, these injuries can create severe medical complications. Subsequently, the financial burdens and emotional damages accumulate quickly and greatly impact their quality of life. Fortunately, product liability law allows victims to pursue monetary compensation from negligent pharmaceutical companies.

Hip Replacement Recall

If you suffer from a defective hip joint replacement (implanted from 1997 to the present) our law firm can help you understand and exercise your legal rights.

On December 11, 2000, Sulzer Orthopedics Inc. was forced to issue a hip implant recall that will affect approximately 20,000 recipients nationwide. Due to defective manufacturing, implants loosen within the body causing pain and discomfort. In some cases the defect causes such severe pain that the patient has required a new implant. We have evidence the manufacturers knew of the defect and did not take adequate steps to warn consumers including the elderly, or notify doctors of serious and well-known problems. If you have had a hip replacement since 1997, you may be entitled to medical expenses or a cash settlement.

Breast Implant Settlement Announced

Only one in six women eligible to receive compensation have registered with the claims administrator. If you received breast implants prior to November of 1993 you are entitled to receive compensation immediately. Alternatively, you are entitled to protection in case you become ill for the next fifteen years, or to the cost of removal of the implants. If you have not registered your claim or would like assistance processing your claim, our firm is prepared to help.

Hold Medical Companies Liable

Pharmaceutical companies are ultimately responsible for ensuring that their products are safe for public use. When they fail to complete thorough tests, push products that are not safe or execute defective design and manufacturing strategies, they can be held liable for compensating injured victims. This industry is not infallible, but it should be as safe as possible. Negligence, carelessness and corporate greed should never be tolerated.

If you are interested in learning more about your medical device injury, your potential for a claim and how our firm can help, contact Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., as soon as possible.

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