Defective Medical Devices in Florida
If you or a loved one has sustained injury due to a defective medical device, you do have legal rights and options. Defective products of any type that have contributed to personal injury or even wrongful death need to be removed from the market to prevent further injuries, and victims deserve to be compensated.
Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the responsibility of making certain that medical devices are safe for use, defective products are still responsible for thousands of catastrophic injuries or wrongful deaths each year. Consider the U.S. orthopedic trauma market. This market carries a value of $2.95 billion a year, and this value is expected to grow higher even though there have been a number of problems with hip and knee implants in recent years. For example, DePuy voluntarily recalled its ARS total hip system in 2010 after it was discovered that the device had a 12% failure rate.
Knee replacement procedures are widely popular in the United States, and 698,900 of these procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2010. From joint replacement components for knees, elbows, hips and ankles to pacemakers and bone substitutes, there are hundreds of new and different medical devices released onto the market every year.
Representation for Victims of Defective Medical Devices
If you are a victim of a defective medical device, you may be able to recover damages for medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering or other damages. It will be necessary to conduct an investigation to determine whether the device, instrument or implant was properly designed and manufactured and whether the manufacturer mislead the public about the safety or benefits of the device. In order to get started, simply contact a Tampa injury lawyer at Florida Law Group today.