Seattle Defective Medical Device Lawyer
The medical device industry is extremely profitable, bringing in roughly $180 billion in revenue in the United States, with a global worth of over $450 billion. Having achieved a steady growth rate of nearly 4% per year, medical device companies are eager to maximize profits. One way they accomplish this is by releasing new and innovative products as quickly as possible, without adequate testing to ensure their safety—which jeopardizes the well-being of consumers and patients.
The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that many high-risk medical devices, including life-support devices, are hurried through the approval process with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Even worse, the clinical studies used to test these medical devices are inadequate, too brief to uncover side effects or adverse reactions, and lacking in basic scientific standards of rigorous experimentation.
All this is to say that medical device manufacturers are much more intent on releasing new products than they are on ensuring those products are safe. In other words, they value profit over human health and safety. Unfortunately, patients and consumers suffer enormously because of it.
Chris Jackman Law Firm employs Seattle defective medical device lawyers who are ready to review your case and help you file a claim to get the compensation you deserve from having suffered complications due to a bad medical device.The Variety of Medical Devices
There are many kinds of medical devices, also known as home health devices and home medical services, that serve a vast variety of functions. Over the counter medical devices such as thermometers and blood sugar meters help people monitor their own health until they need to seek the assistance of a medical professional. More complex medical devices, such as apnea monitors and ventilators, are usually prescribed and monitored by doctors. Other medical devices, including IVC filters and bone cement, must be surgically implanted by doctors and require more extensive supervision and monitoring.
Medical devices that are surgically implanted are composed of man-made substances like silicone, plastic, and titanium. The product testing period is supposed to ensure that implanting products made of non-natural substances will not harm the body or interfere with its own organic processes. Medical devices such as hip and knee replacement implants are supposed to mimic the composition and functionality of the body so as to enable the hip and knee to work more smoothly and without pain.
The substances used and functionality of medical devices are supposed to augment the health of the body and diminish problems. But sometimes they don’t.The Problem With Medical Devices
Over 12,000 lawsuits have been filed for hip replacements, resulting in billions of dollars of court-ordered award settlements to injured patient plaintiffs. Patients with defective IVC filters have filed nearly 10,000 lawsuits, with court-ordered award settlements for patients in the millions. And thousands of Physiomesh lawsuits have results in millions of dollars of settlement awards for damages the product has caused patients.
All this is to say that medical devices don’t always work—in fact, they don’t work much more often than is acceptable. And when defective medical devices malfunction or cause complications in consumer patients, the outcomes can be disastrous.
The amount and extent of damages caused by defective medical devices to innocent people are outrageous and tragic.
While many defective medical devices are recalled after enough people have come forward with complaints of the disastrous problems they cause, by this point the damage has been done to consumers who are left wondering what to do. Defective medical device product recalls cause about $5 billion in annual losses to the medical device industry—but that amount is miniscule compared to the hundreds of billions in profit they make every year.Hiring a Lawyer to File Your Lawsuit
If you have suffered from a defective medical device, you need someone on your side who will represent you in a court of law to seek compensation for the complications, side effects, and/or adverse reactions you have suffered.
When your life has been impacted deleteriously by a bad medical device—because of a greedy and careless manufacturer that did not test the product adequately—you deserve justice and compensation for your losses.
Chris Jackman Law Firm employs capable and experienced Seattle lawyers and Kirkland lawyers who specialize in defective medical device lawsuits.
Current cases include:
- IVC Filters
- Hip Replacements
- Knee Replacement
Prevailing in a defective medical device lawsuit requires clearly demonstrating the facts to the court. If you sought medical attention from your doctor for a diagnosed problem and received a medical device implant that caused serious complications, side effects or adverse reactions—chances are you have a good case.
Medical device manufacturers are under a legal obligation to only market and sell safe products to the public. They also must inform the public when there is a risk of harm from using their medical device. When manufacturers fail to ensure their products are safe or to disclose potential risk factors, they can be sued in accordance with product liability laws. In other words, the company is liable—or responsible—for the problems caused by their product.
Another way of thinking about what it takes to win a case is to prove to the court that the medical device manufacturer demonstrated negligence in offering a dangerous product to the public. Negligence is defined as a failure to demonstrate reasonable care to ensure the safety of the consumer or patient.Damages for Which You can File a Claim
People who suffer from defective medical devices experience damages in multiple areas of their lives: physically, mentally, emotionally, and economically. If you are suffering from a bad medical device, you deserve compensation for the damages you have suffered.
Defective medical devices can cause:
- physical pain
- emotional distress
- increased hardships in living life with a complication or new condition
- money lost from time missed at work
- money paid and time lost to additional doctor visits and/or surgeries
- loss of capacity to enjoy life as fully as previously due to complication.
Contact Chris Jackman Law Firm today for a free consultation on your defective medical device lawsuit case.