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.
One of the positive aspects of a medical malpractice case is that the person harmed can actually improve hospital polices for the better. This way, people who were injured by medical negligence can be a part of preventing innocent people in the future from going through what they went through. In this video, Georgia medical malpractice attorney Kathy McArthur explains how these types of lawsuits often change doctor and hospital policies and practices for the better. For example, some doctors would not suspect certain cancers in younger people and might fail to order the proper tests.
If you believe you have been harmed by a medical mistake, or if you or your loved one has cancer that was not diagnosed properly, reach out to our law firm at www.wefightformacon.com. You can also call us directly at 1-888-WE-FIGHT (1-888-933-4448) for those in the state of Georgia, or (478) 238-6600 if you are outside the state.
Medical malpractice cases really change medicine and how it’s practiced, particularly when it happens, something bad happens to a young person. So we’ve had several cases involving young women who had cervical cancer, young women he had breast cancer, who didn't get biopsies done because people presumed because they were young that they didn't have cancer. But it turned out they did and they, when a person gets cancer at a young age the prognosis usually is worse because it’s usually very aggressive, so in the cases that we’ve had involving young women who got breast cancer or cervical cancer, in every case they’ve died. Medicine in this area has changed, in that doctors routinely biopsy lesions on the cervix of a young woman who comes in and has a problem, and most times it's not cancer, but it's worth it for the time that it is cancer. So medical malpractice cases improve the quality of medicine for everybody, it makes it clear to doctors what they should be doing, and it just improves the standard of care and it improves health care by demonstrating what should've been done and what can happen if you don't do it. And it gets the word out. Because a lot of times when medical errors occur, no one ever knows. So there is a lot of good that comes from medical malpractice cases and most of the time, that good is what the family is seeking. At the McArthur Law Firm our job is to fight for you, to make sure you get justice and reasonable compensation for your injuries. To get in touch with us call 1-888-WE-FIGHT (1-888-933-4448) or go to our website McArthurLawFirm.com.