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Medical Device Litigation

Medical Device Litigation

Medical devices, especially those that are used in the body, must be safe for patients and should work as promised. Unfortunately, some medical devices malfunction, cause unexpected side effects or otherwise turn out to be very dangerous.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a dangerous medical device, the Burnett Law Firm can help. With decades of collective experience, our attorneys have successfully represented many patients in lawsuits against medical device manufacturers. We are ready to evaluate your case, provide you with information and help you take proper action against the medical device manufacturer that harmed you.

Call our Houston defective medical device lawyers today or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation and claim review.

Dangerous Medical Device Lawsuits

The makers of medical devices are expected to conduct rigorous testing on the products they sell. The testing performed by medical device manufacturers as well as independent doctors and scientists in clinical trials is used to determine if a device is safe enough to be used in medical procedures.

Unfortunately, there are loopholes in the system that make it possible for some medical devices to come to the market with limited testing and with no evidence that the products are safe. The problem stems from the 510(k) approval process that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows.

The 510(k) approval process permits a medical device to be approved with minimal testing through a fast-tracked process, as long as there is a substantially similar product that has already been approved. This is true even if the similar product has caused problems, provided that the product has not been the subject of an official recall.

The 510(k) medical device approval process may have allowed many dangerous medical devices to be released in recent years. This includes such products as transvaginal mesh implants.

Houston Transvaginal Mesh Lawyers

Transvaginal mesh (TVM) is a type of surgical mesh that is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women. Both POP and SUI are caused by a weakening of pelvic or bladder muscles that some women experience as they age or as a result of childbirth.

Traditionally, surgery involved strengthening the muscles to prevent the pelvic organs from intruding on the vaginal wall or to prevent involuntary urination. TVM promised a simpler solution, as the mesh could be implanted to support the organs.

Unfortunately, the mesh has caused serious problems for many women. Not only is recurrent prolapse a major problem, but patients have also experienced unpleasant and dangerous side effects including:

  • Erosion of the mesh.
  • Bleeding.
  • Infection.
  • Shortening or tightening of the vagina.
  • Bladder, bowel or blood vessel perforation.
  • Pain during sex.
  • Pain during urination.

Transvaginal mesh is often extremely difficult to remove once it has been implanted. This means that women who experience complications may be required to undergo multiple surgeries to remove the transvaginal mesh material. Even after painful and costly procedures, side effects may linger.

Houston IVC Filter Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured – or a loved one has been killed – by a defective IVC filter, you may be entitled to compensation.

Inferior vena cava filters (IVC filters) are intended to reduce the risk of death in patients who are at risk of suffering blood clots, but defective IVC filters may themselves injure or even kill patients. A recent FDA Safety Communication links IVC filters to adverse events in patients, such as:

  • This is of the most serious risks posed by defective IVC filters. Embolization happens when the filter or pieces of the filter move through the veins to a patient’s heart or lungs.
  • Device migration. This happens when an IVC filter, a very small, cage-like device, moves from where it was inserted to somewhere else in the body.
  • Filter fracture. If the IVC filter cracks, it may become ineffective. Also, parts that break off could puncture internal organs or travel through the veins.
  • Perforation of the inferior vena cava. The inferior vena cava is a major vein in the body. There are reports of IVC filters puncturing patients’ veins, which puts them at a significant risk of health complications such as severe bleeding.

Between 2005 and 2010, the FDA received more than 900 reports of adverse events involving IVC filters, according to an article in Digital Journal. Nearly 30 deaths have been attributed to C.R. Bard’s Recovery blood clot filter alone, in addition to 300 non-fatal incidents, according to an NBC News report.

If You Were Hurt by a Dangerous Medical Device

If you were hurt by TVM or another type of medical device that failed to do what was promised or that turned out to be dangerous, you may have a claim for damages.

Medical device manufacturers may be held responsible for paying:

  • Medical bills and costs.
  • Lost income.
  • Pain and suffering damages.
  • Emotional distress damages.
  • Wrongful death damages, including loss of companionship, funeral costs and lost financial support.
  • Punitive and other damages.

An experienced attorney at the Burnett Law Firm can help you gather evidence and consult with experts who can testify about how the dangerous medical device affected you.

Our Houston defective medical device attorneys bring both resources and experience to the table. We have represented clients in many different types of claims arising from medical devices. Our attorneys have worked tirelessly throughout their careers to fight for the rights of injured people like you.

If you or a loved one has experienced complications from TVM or other defective medical devices, call us or contact us online today to learn how we can help you get the compensation you deserve. There is no charge for the consultation, and you owe us no attorney’s fees unless we are successful in securing compensation for you.

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