Defective medical device

Investigation Shows Company Knew About IVC Filter Injury Risks

by Staff Blogger | November 3rd, 2015

A recent investigation determined that medical device manufacturer, C.R. Bard, Inc., had knowledge of risks its inferior vena cava (IVC) filters posed to patients, yet the company took no corrective action to protect public health and safety.

Data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows as many as 27 deaths are linked to IVC filter injuries. An estimated 300 other patients suffered serious injuries due to device failure.

The unit can break apart or dislodge from the location where it was placed and can travel to other parts of the body, such as the lungs or heart. When this occurs, a patient can experience serious health complications or death.

According to NBC News, Bard became aware of the risks after the reports of injuries and deaths began to surface. Rather than take corrective action after an independent study found the company conducted supported the initial findings, Bard continued to sell and distribute the flawed IVC filter.

Many of those harmed by or lost loved ones to the Bard IVC filter have filed lawsuits seeking compensation for their losses. Those cases continue to make their way to the court systems.

Protecting the rights of those who have been harmed by defective medical devices is one of our missions at Norris Injury Lawyers. That’s why our defective medical device attorneys are hopeful decisions in these lawsuits will bring closure to each of those who were harmed.

Decisions Reached in Transvaginal Mesh Failure Cases

by Staff Blogger | December 30th, 2014

Vaginal mesh has been implanted into approximately 70,000 women in 2010 alone—but reports indicate many patients have experienced complications that have prompted lawsuits against medical device manufacturers.

Reports of transvaginal mesh failure injuries began to arise shortly after the product was introduced to the market in 2009. By 2011, companies began to pull units from shelves after women claimed the product had eroded inside their bodies, causing the tearing of tissues, laceration of organs, and extreme pain.

Thousands of women pursued legal action against the manufacturers of these defective medical devices, and decisions are beginning to be reached in these cases. According to The Legal Examiner, a Texas court ruled one manufacturer should pay a victim $73 million in damages, and similar decisions were recently reached in Florida and West Virginia.

The Birmingham personal injury attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers are glad to see legal action being taken against the makers of defective medical products, and they are here to help if you’ve been harmed by transvaginal mesh. Call our legal team today at (888) 318-4245 to learn more about what we can do for you.

DePuy Hip Recall Settlement Reached For $2.5 Billion

by Staff Blogger | 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.

We are available anytime to discuss your case.