A New Proposed Law Would Raise Awareness of Possible Defective Medical Device Risks that Could Cause Harm to Patients
The personal injury attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC have recently learned of a new proposed bill that would require the reporting of defective medical device injuries. After speaking with hundreds of clients who were injured by these devices, the firm encourages the bill’s passage. Clients of the firm who have been injured are currently being represented in defective medical device lawsuits. These personal injury lawsuits include transvaginal mesh, hip replacement implants and inferior vena cava (IVC) filters.
The “Medical Device Guardian’s Act” was proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives, and if enacted would require doctors and doctor’s offices to report deaths and serious injuries linked to medical devices. The reporting of medical device injuries would go to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) adverse event database. The current reporting only involves hospitals and device manufacturers, and doctors are merely encouraged to file injury reports.
[wsj.com/articles/bill-would-require-doctors-to-report-medical-device-hazards-1465395253, The Wall Street Journal, June 8, 2016]
“Our Firm has extensive experience litigating cases that involve allegedly defective medical devices, many of which were on the market for years before problems were detected,” says Wright & Schulte LLC. “We believe that the passage of the Medical Device Guardian’s Act would help raise awareness of medical device hazards before they could harm thousands of patients.” Men and women who believe they have suffered side-effects from a defective medical device are urged to contact one of the firms attorneys to find out your legal recourse. You can speak with one of the firms attorneys by calling 1800-399-0795 or visit www.yourlegalhelp.com
“Medical Device Guardian’s Act”
U.S. Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) and Louise Slaughter (D., N.Y.) presented the bill and were inspired by recent problems with power morcellators. It is believed that Power morcellators spread upstage undiagnosed uterine cancers when used during hysterectomies and myomectomies. While this risk had been noted in studies and medical literature since the 1990s, the FDA did not receive a single adverse event report of this nature until 2013.
The attorneys at Wright & Schulte have represented hundreds of people who were allegedly harmed by faulty medical devices, including:
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits: According to the FDA, transvaginal mesh products used to treat women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence have left thousands suffering from severe, life-changing injuries. Tens of thousands of women have since filed suit against Ethicon, Inc., American Medical Systems, C.R. Bard, Inc., Boston Scientific Corp. and other vaginal mesh manufacturers. Though settlements have been reached in some of these cases, thousands still face litigation.
[bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-27/j-j-said-to-pay-120-million-in-its-first-big-mesh-settlement, Bloomberg.com, January 27, 2016]
Defective Medical Device Lawsuits
Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawsuits
Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawsuits: Thousands of people have filed hip replacement lawsuits against DePuy Orthopaedics and other manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants. According to the FDA, such devices can leach toxic metal particles into the tissue surrounding the implant. This can lead to metallosis, tissue necrosis, and other complications that can result in premature device failure. In 2013, DePuy reached an agreement to settle thousands of lawsuits stemming from its ASR metal-on-metal hip implant recall. However, the company still faces thousands of lawsuits over a metal-on-metal version of its DePuy Pinnacle hip system.
[nytimes.com/2013/11/20/business/johnson-johnson-to-offer-2-5-billion-hip-device-settlement.html?_r=0, New York Times, November 20, 2013]
[stltoday.com/business/local/johnson-johnson-ordered-to-pay-million-over-pinnacle-hip-failures/article_5ed3da58-86d9-5d2d-9bd4-bb6769ba5147.html, stltoday.com, March 17, 2016]
Da Vinci Surgical Robot Lawsuits
Da Vinci Surgical Robot Lawsuits: Plaintiffs in da Vinci Robot lawsuits claim the surgical robot caused serious patient injuries. Reported DaVinci robot injuries include excessive bleeding, surgical burns to tissue and blood vessels, organ perforations and more. In April, the parties in a DaVinci lawsuit in California settled their case for an undisclosed amount during trial.
IVC Filter Lawsuits
IVC Filter Lawsuits: C.R. Bard and Cook Medical, Inc. are facing hundreds of IVC filter lawsuits over their retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters. The IVC filters are implanted in patients to prevent pulmonary embolism. The lawsuits claim Bard’s Recovery and G2 Filters, as well as Cook Medical’s Celect and Gunther Tulip products are prone to malfunction, and can result in serious patient injuries. Since 2010, the FDA has issued two warnings about complications believed to be associated with retrievable IVC filters.
[fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm396377.htm, FDA, May 6, 2014]
NuvaRing Lawsuits: There have been thousands of complaints filed by women after they suffered a heart attacks, stroke, or blood clots believed to be associated with use of the vaginal birth control ring. In 2014, Merck & Co. finalized a $100 million NuvaRing settlement.
[usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/06/05/nuvaring-settlement-decided/10030941/, USAToday, June 6, 2014]
About Wright & Schulte LLC and Filing a Defective Medical Device Lawsuit
Wright & Schulte LLC is an experienced law firm who are dedicated to assuring the legal system works for the people. Every day, the attorneys of Wright Schulte LLC have stood up for the rights of people from across the country who have been injured by defective medical devices. Therefor, if you’re looking for a law firm that will guarantee the aggressive and personal representation you deserve, do not hesitate to contact Wright & Schulte LLC today. Free medical device lawsuit case evaluations are available through yourlegalhelp.com, or call 1-888-399-0795.
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