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Lexington Defective Medical Device Lawyer

The innovation of medical devices has revolutionized the healthcare industry. New technologies in the medical field have saved countless lives and enabled many who would have been impaired by injury or illness to now live happy, pain-free lives. However, when medical devices are defective, they can harm the very people they were designed to help. 

Many patients have put their hope in medical devices that were promised to provide them relief from pain or illness. When these devices prove themselves to be defective, victims have the right to file a product liability lawsuit. A personal injury lawyer from the law firm of Hughes & Coleman may be able to help you recover compensation if you have been injured by a defective medical device.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective medical device in Lexington, KY, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Our law firm represents clients throughout Tennessee and Kentucky. 

Schedule a free consultation by calling 800-800-4600 or filling out the online evaluation form. Contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; someone with our law firm is always available to take your call.

How Can a Defective Medical Device Be Approved for Widespread Use?

Manufacturers create medical devices with the intention of helping individuals, not harming them. Nonetheless, many medical devices are rushed to market without being properly researched and tested. The defects don’t become evident until it is too late, and it is the patients, tragically, who pay the price for the manufacturer’s negligence.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) bears the responsibility of ensuring that a device is safe for public use. The FDA requires medical device manufacturers to provide proof of thorough clinical testing before approving the sale of the new device. However, device manufacturers all too often put money ahead of patient safety. They may be skilled at making their product testing results seem more positive than they really are. 

Even if the tests were done according to proper protocol, the tests that are performed are not infallible. Medical devices that appear safe may be sold to hospitals and open markets, but it soon becomes evident that these devices are actually defective. Sadly, once defective medical devices hit the open market, they aren’t easily recalled. It is only after many patients report their injuries and file lawsuits that these dangerous products stop being sold. 

Dishonest medical device manufacturers may try to cover up the defect and deny that anything is wrong with their devices. The product liability attorneys at Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, though, intend to take action. We believe that greedy manufacturing companies should be held liable for their negligence. We have the knowledge, experience, and resources needed to take on these large pharmaceutical companies and hold them accountable.

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Medical Device Cases Our Lexington, KY Law Firm is Now Reviewing

Our law firm has decades of legal experience, and we have recovered over a billion dollars for our clients over the years. Every defective product liability lawyer in our law office is relentless in his or her pursuit of compensation from doctors, hospitals, manufacturers, and medical supply companies. 

We currently are reviewing cases and filing lawsuits for our clients regarding the following defective medical devices.

Medtronic Infuse™ bone graft

A bone graft is a piece of bone or synthetic bone that can replace damaged bones in the body. Traditional bone grafting can be extremely painful for the patient as it involves harvesting a bone from another part of the body. Medtronic developed a device to be used as an alternative to this painful process.

The Medtronic Infuse™ Bone Graft was approved in 2002 by the FDA, designed to stimulate bone growth and alleviate pain after lumbar spine surgery. The device works as follows:

  1. Synthetic bone morphogenetic protein powder is mixed with sterilized powder to create a solution
  2. A sponge manufactured from cow collagen absorbs the solution and is transferred into a metallic device called an LT-CAGE
  3. The LT-CAGE is implanted into the spine-holding the sponge in place
  4. Gradually, the sponge releases the protein, encouraging bone growth over time

This device was approved by the FDA to be used in only one specific type of surgery – an anterior approach lumbar fusion. However, it has been used in various other surgeries including in the cervical and upper back. 

Over 100,000 patients have been implanted with Infuse™, and approximately 75 percent of those patients have experienced side effects such as:

  • Uncontrolled bone growth
  • Cancer
  • Infertility in men
  • Nerve damage
  • Compression of the airway
  • Inflammatory cyst formation
  • Cancer
  • Paralysis
  • Death

If you or a loved one experienced these or other side effects after receiving a Medtronic Infuse™ Bone Graft schedule a free case consultation with a member of our defective product liability team. Contact us at our Lexington, Kentucky, law office by calling 859-260-1722 today. 

DuPuy hip implant recall

DePuy’s metal-on-metal hip implants were first approved by the FDA in 2005. Shortly after the approval, it was discovered that this particular brand of hip implant resulted in an extremely high percentage of hip implant failures. Despite the dangers, DuPuy hip implants were not immediately taken off the market, and thousands of people received the implants without being alerted to their dangers. 

Metal-on-metal hip replacement parts were found to be dangerous since the friction of the metal parts wearing on each other can cause tiny metal shavings to wear off of the device. This damages the bone and soft tissue around the hip and can result in metal particles being released into the bloodstream, causing metal toxicity or other complications. 

Metal-on-metal hip issues can include:

  • Difficulty walking
  • Extreme pain
  • Inflammation
  • Loosening of the implant
  • Necrosis (death) of surrounding tissue
  • Dislocation of the hip
  • Metallosis (elevated metal ion levels in the bloodstream)
  • Limited range of motion

DuPuy recalled its metal-on-metal hip replacements in 2010, but not before thousands of people were already injured by these defective medical devices. Contact us at our law office in Lexington, Kentucky, to speak with a caring, respected personal injury legal representative. 

Fentanyl pain patch

The Fentanyl Pain Patch was prescribed to cancer patients and others coping with chronic pain. The patch distributes the drug through a patient’s skin into the body fats, which then slowly distributes the medication into the bloodstream over a 48 to 72 hour period. It has proved beneficial to some patients, while others have had serious adverse reactions.

Fentanyl is a powerful narcotic that is around 80 times more potent than morphine. The pain patch is intended to release a certain amount of medication per hour, but a number of patches were defective and released too much medication. 

Symptoms of Fentanyl overdose include:

  • Respiratory failure
  • Confusion
  • Seizures 
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Low blood pressure
  • Coma
  • Death

Johnson & Johnson recalled the pain patch in 2008 due to leaks and toxicity in users. However, manufacturers knew of the dangers of these patches as far back as the 1990s and failed to warn consumers and recall the product. 

In many cases such as this, manufacturers can be held liable for the pain and suffering that these defective medical devices caused.

Power morcellators

Power morcellators are small medical devices with rotating blades that were designed to simplify hysterectomy and myomectomy surgeries. They tear uterine tissue into small pieces and allow it to be removed laparoscopically. Sadly, there now is evidence that this device may be responsible for spreading cancerous tissue to the uterus and other organs.  

The FDA issued a warning in April 2014 discouraging the use of power morcellators in hysterectomies. In response, Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson discontinued manufacturing this dangerous medical device. 

If you or someone you love developed cancer after undergoing a hysterectomy or myomectomy that involved the use of a power morcellator, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation. Contact our personal injury team at our Lexington, Kentucky, law office to schedule a free case consultation.   

Transvaginal mesh

Transvaginal mesh is a medical product developed to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The mesh is used to reinforce weakened vaginal walls and give support to the pelvic organs. 

Unfortunately, transvaginal mesh has now been found to cause many side effects and injuries including:

  • Mesh erosion
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Vaginal scarring
  • Urinary problems
  • Bowel, bladder, or blood vessel perforation
  • Pain and discomfort

Treatment for these side effects normally involves additional surgery to remove the mesh. This means further pain and suffering, medical expenses, recovery time, and lost wages. If you have experienced complications due to a surgery involving transvaginal mesh, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Contact our compassionate personal injury lawyers at Hughes & Coleman law office in Lexington, KY, today.

Why File a Claim After Being Injured By a Defective Medical Device

If you have sustained an injury due to a defective medical product, you and your family deserve financial compensation for your medical expenses and pain and suffering. In the tragic event that your loved one has died from a defective medical device, a lawsuit cannot take away your grief but can provide financial security for your family as you try to move forward.

When you file a claim against a negligent medical device manufacturer, you’re not only pursuing justice for you and your family. You’re also helping ensure that dangerous and defective medical devices are removed from the market. 

The personal injury lawyers at the local law office of Hughes & Coleman in Lexington, Kentucky, understand how sensitive defective medical device cases can be. Please be assured that we respect our clients’ privacy and treat each one of them with dignity and respect. 

Contact Our Lexington, Kentucky Law Office Today

If you have been injured by a defective medical device, you need an experienced attorney on your side who you can trust to defend your legal rights. The award-winning lawyers at Hughes & Coleman have decades of experience and have recovered over $1 billion dollars for clients. Our aggressive, knowledgeable lawyers are not afraid to take on these large, powerful pharmaceutical companies.

If you have been injured by a defective medical device, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible. We offer free initial case consultations. Our lawyers can advise you of your legal options, ensure you’re getting the best medical care available, and pursue financial compensation for your injuries. What’s more, our lawyers work on a contingent fee basis, which means you pay absolutely nothing out of pocket. 

Contact our law office today by filling out the online evaluation form or calling 800-800-4600. Someone is always available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If your health prevents you from being able to travel to our office, we will come to you.

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