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What Can Happen if My Medical Device Fails?

On Behalf of | Apr 6, 2017 | Product Liability |

There are many medical devices out there that are made to help your body deal with health conditions. Sometimes these devices help you breath better, sometimes they improve your mobility, and some can even help your heart work better. However, have you ever wondered what can happen if one of these devices fail, and have you ever heard about what can go wrong if they are misused?

If My Medical Device Fails, What Can Happen?

In Georgia, a man went under the knife to have a C.R. Bard G2 Vena Cava Filter implanted in his inferior vena cava (IVC). This IVC filter was supposed to catch blood clots and break them up, which would help prevent the man’s arteries from clogging. However, the patient later experienced chest pains and found out the filter had broken. How could this be?

This particular type of filter was meant to be a temporary implant to be removed after one or two months, but only around 30 percent of these devices are ever taken back out according to the usage guidelines. Worse yet, the longer the devices are left in, the more likely they are to fracture. This could cause little wires to be pumped all over the body where they can puncture vital organs and cause havoc.

When a medical device fails, or is misused, a patient’s health can plummet. Often the conditions caused by failed devices can be just as bad or worse than the conditions they treat. Sometimes a failed medical device can even cause death. It’s a frightening prospect, that thousands of Americans face every day, but there are solutions.

The man in this case filed a lawsuit that has become a part of the multidistrict litigation against C.R. Bard. The plaintiffs claim that the manufacturer downplayed side effects and the chance of complications to both doctors and patients. This has led to a growing number of injuries and so far over 1,350 cases have joined this litigation.

Are these cardiac patients right to want restitution? Will their cases succeed? Our Macon product liability attorneys will keep an eye on the situation. You can find updates by following our blog or you can visit our Twitter and Facebook pages.