Defective Medical Equipment
An Experienced Medical Equipment Lawyer to Fight for Your Rights in Boston, Worcester, Springfield and Throughout Massachusetts
Medical equipment is meant to help – not harm – its users. Because of manufacturing defects, poor or lack of testing, or general negligence, many products on the market are not safe for the public to use.
Any device that causes injury to the user in the normal course of use is considered to be defective. Some common devices include:
- Guidant defibrillator
- Medtronic Defibrillator
- Shoulder pain pumps
- Stryker hip implant
If you have experienced problems with any of these devices, or any other products not listed here, and have injuries associated with their use, please contact us with regard to a potential lawsuit. Please be aware that in some cases, there is a statute of limitations that limits the time you have to file a suit.
DePuy Hip Replacement Failures Lead to Recall – Learn About Your Rights
A shockingly high number of people implanted with hip replacement devices manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. are in need of a second procedure due to product defects. DePuy hip replacement failures have resulted in the recall of two hip implant products:
- DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System (launched in 2004)
- DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System (launched in 2003)
Did you or a loved one receive hip replacement surgery since 2003? If a doctor implanted a DePuy ASR product in your body, you may be entitled to compensation. It’s important to consult with an experienced attorney about your rights. Get in touch with the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone promptly for a free and confidential consultation. A delay may affect your rights.
FDA Notified About DePuy Hip Replacement Failures
DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson, has informed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the recall, which involves removing the dangerous devices from hospital shelves.
The implant may be loose or there may be a bone fracture around the device or dislocation of the implant’s ball and socket. DePuy recommends that patients who received one of their products should speak with the orthopedic surgeon who implanted the device. A doctor can scan or X-ray the hip to see how the device is performing. A blood test may be required to look at any metal particles that may indicate a problem. If a serious problem is detected, surgery may be required to replace the defective medical equipment.
DePuy has posted an FAQ about the ASR recall on its website.
Signs of a DePuy Hip Replacement Failure
The following symptoms may be signs that your hip replacement device is failing:
- Difficulty walking
- Swelling in the hip area
About 12 percent of patients who received the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and 13 percent who received the ASR XL Acetabular System needed corrective surgery within five years. Women are more likely to need surgery than men, according to reports. DePuy says no more than five percent of patients should need a replacement within five years.
DePuy says it is willing to offer hip replacement settlements to cover patients’ costs linked to the defective product. However, ASR hip implant patients are advised to consult with an attorney before accepting any compensation.
At the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone, we can examine the facts in your case and make sure your rights are protected. We put experience and resources to work to help clients pursue maximum compensation, which may include seeking a recovery through a DePuy hip replacement lawsuit.
Stryker Hip Implant Lawyer – Why a Product Recall Lawsuit May be Necessary
The Stryker Corporation marketed hip implants that caused pain and injuries to people across the country. At the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone, we are providing free consultations to individuals and families who were affected by this defective product. Stryker hip implant attorneys understand that metal-on-metal hip replacement products such as the ones produced by Stryker have turned lives upside-down. If you or a loved one received a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II modular-neck hip implant, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today at 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 for a free consultation.
Recalled Stryker hip implants and serious injuries
In July 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics recalled its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip implants due to “fretting and/or corrosion” in the implant, potentially leading to an adverse reaction in the hip that includes pain and swelling. The implant was introduced to the market in 2009 and aggressively marketed as the “next generation” and “latest evolution” of hip replacement products. However, high early failure rates were reported, with some patients experiencing product failure within six months. Multiple patients required painful revision surgery to correct the condition.
Symptoms of a failing or defective Stryker hip implant include the following:
- Difficulty walking
- Squeaky joints
- Fracturing or bone chipping
- Implant parts breaking into pieces or even shattering
Contact a Stryker hip replacement attorney in Massachusetts
Medical device manufacturers might rush products to the market without adequately testing these products for safety. When companies put profits over people, the results can be catastrophic. Stryker began selling the Rejuvenate system in 2009 and ABG II system in 2010. However, the company conducted no clinical testing on the safety or effectiveness of either device prior to introducing them to the market.
File Your LASIK Lawsuit with an Experienced Attorney in Boston, Springfield and Worcester
More than 1 million people undergo laser eye surgery each year. While the vast majority of these procedures are successful, approximately 50,000 suffer vision complications, many of them debilitating.
Many things can go wrong during LASIK surgery, from malfunction of equipment to the surgeon failing to follow standard procedures. Some LASIK injuries are:
- Loss of the corneal flap during the procedure
- Loss of the corneal flap after the procedure
- Slipping of the flap causing improper healing
- Too deep or too shallow cuts in the flap
- Surface tissue entering the cornea
- Infection of the cornea
- Loss of visual acuity
With the increasing number of LASIK-related errors, many angry patients are turning to the courts for compensation. Many LASIK lawsuits have been filed, with some patients winning hundreds of thousands of dollars against negligent doctors and clinics.
What is a pain pump and how is it used to treat patients?
Pain pumps are medical devices that deliver targeted doses of pain management medication to a specific area of the body. Post arthroscopic surgery pain pumps are used to relieve pain after shoulder surgery. These disposable infusion pumps have been marketed under the brand name of Stryker Pain Pump or I-Flow On-Q Pump and deliver the medication by catheter implanted into the shoulder joint during surgery.
What is the defect?
The use of pain pumps is linked to the development of a serious condition known as PAGCL (post arthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis). The specific cause of PAGCL is believed to be from the high concentration of pain medication (usually Bupivacaine with Epinephrine) that is delivered to the shoulder joint by the pump. Essentially, this devastating condition causes severe pain as a result of progressive loss of cartilage in the shoulder joint.
What are the adverse symptoms caused by the use of pain pumps?
If the cartilage is damaged or destroyed by one of these pumps, the shoulder joint will have limited movement resulting in significant pain and decreased range of motion. Some patients also experience symptoms such as stiffness, clicking, popping or grinding of the shoulder.
Thousands of women have used the transvaginal mesh device, which has come under scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA is investigating reports of several complications involving implantation of the devices, also known as vaginal mesh devices.
If you or a loved one was injured by the transvaginal mesh, or a surgical mesh, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Act quickly to make sure your rights are protected. Call 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 to speak with a transvaginal mesh injury lawyer. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone, serving Boston, Worcester, Springfield and other communities in Massachusetts, fight aggressively for injury victims.
A closer look at the transvaginal mesh
Women who are diagnosed with a condition known as pelvic organ prolapse typically are prescribed the transvaginal mesh. The device is inserted to strengthen the woman’s weakened vaginal tissue. Pregnancy is among the causes of the condition.
The FDA is investigating reports of injury. The agency also says little evidence exists showing that the implants improve pelvic organ prolapsed.
Manufacturers estimate that about 100,000 patients were treated for pelvic organ prolapsed with the surgical mesh in 2010, and about 75,000 women had the devices implanted vaginally. Common transvaginal mesh side effects include:
- Erosion of the vaginal tissue
- Perforation of the bowel, bladder or blood vessels
- Recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse
Manufacturers of the transvaginal mesh include:
- American Medical Systems
- Boston Scientific
- Johnson & Johnson
What is the Zimmer Durom Cup and how is it used to treat patients?
The Zimmer Durom Cup is an artificial hip component inserted into patients during total hip replacement surgery. The Zimmer Durom Acetabular Component (Zimmer Cup), unlike traditional hip replacement parts, is made from a single piece of material which was designed to alleviate some of the more common side effects of the surgery such as early wear of the bearing, limited range of motion and instability of the hip joint. The product has been used in this country since 2006 and was withdrawn from the market in 2008, pending the issuance of new guidelines outlining special surgical techniques which must be followed during surgery.
What is the defect?
Some patients who received Zimmer Durom Cup implants required additional surgery because the unit failed to bond properly.
What are the adverse symptoms caused by Zimmer Durom Cup hip implants?
The symptoms of this product failure are pain, stiffness and limping for more than 10-20 steps following an appropriate healing period after hip replacement surgery. In patients with successful surgery, the pain and stiffness only lasts for a few steps up to three months after surgery and subsequently dissipates. For patients with a defective hip replacement procedure, the pain, stiffness and limping are similar to the level experienced pre-surgery. Also, these patients sometimes experience sharp pain in the groin area and have limited endurance while walking. Many still have to use canes for outdoor ambulation while others walk with a noticeable limp. It is not unusual for symptoms to progress for up to 18 months before product failure is diagnosed.
Discover How a Dangerous Medical Device Attorney Can Make a Difference
If you or someone you love has been harmed by a defective product, contact the personal injury lawyers at Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone, serving Boston, Worcester, Springfield, and communities throughout Massachusetts, to fight for your rights. We also can represent you if you have been injured in Massachusetts but reside out of state.
Call us at 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 for a free consultation. We are contingency fee lawyers, which means you don’t pay us unless you win.