When you need medical help, the last thing you should have to worry about is whether the equipment and tools used to help you are safe.
The U.S. medical equipment industry is subject to strict regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to the complexity of many of the devices used to treat patients. However, an alarming number of defective products still find their way to the market every year. In some cases, this is due to the medical equipment manufacturer’s failure to do sufficient quality testing on their products or to foresee potential problems. In other, even more alarming cases, medical manufacturers have knowingly released faulty equipment to the market, consciously and intentionally risking the health and safety of the patients who rely on their equipment.
Regardless of the reasons for defective equipment making it to the market, patients and their families have a right to sue manufacturers to receive compensation for damages they’ve suffered as a result of the faulty equipment.
Common Medical Equipment Defects
Some types of medical equipment that has been found dangerous or defective in recent years include:
- Prosthetic devices
- Surgical implants such as pacemakers
- Hearing and vision aids
- Medical appliances and equipment
- Hospital supplies
In a recent case still being heard in the US courts, medical device manufacturer Hewlett-Packard is alleged to have knowingly released numerous defective medical devices into the U.S. market, including anesthesia gas monitors, pulse oximeters, and ultrasound imaging transducers – equipment used during surgical procedures, in intensive care units, and hospital rooms to monitor and maintain a patient’s health during their treatment.
If you or someone you love has suffered damages as a result of faulty medical equipment, the attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve. You have a limited amount of time to file a suit, so it is important to act now.