June 17th, 2014|
The companies that create and design the medical device Americans use are required by law to ensure their products are safe for use. Failure to do so can result in massive recalls and costly settlements.
Take the case that has developed around the DePuy replacement hip recall over the past several years. The company who made the product—Johnson & Johnson (J&J)—released two versions of the product with only one undergoing testing. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the second device based on the test results that were gathered for the first product. This is possible through a law that states a medical device can be released without being tested as long as a similar product has been examined and approved by the FDA.
A short time after the devices were released though, patients began reporting issues with the defective medical devices, including pain, swelling, immobility, and a condition known as Metalosis. This resulted in an investigation into the product being launched.
Officials found J&J had been aware of the problems for years, but had failed to take corrective action. This led to a recall of the product and the Journal Gazette recently reported the company would pay approximately $2.5 billion to the products’ victims in order to settle product liability claims that had been brought against the company.
Accessing these funds can be difficult for defective hip replacement victims though, which is why Norris Injury Lawyers’ Birmingham personal injury attorneys urge anyone who was harmed by these products to discuss their needs for legal representation with a professional immediately.
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