Medical devices are non-organic materials placed inside the body to solve various medical problems. Unfortunately, these devices are not always safe. In some cases, they can cause devastating and even irreversible damage to the patient’s body.
Defective medical devices can cause severe issues for patients, including infections, organ perforation, loose fragments in the body, hematomas, and trauma or abnormal tissue growth to the area around the device.
Common Types of Medical Device Injuries
Some medical devices that have been known to cause injuries to patients include:
DePuy artificial hip systems
Stryker hip implants
There are about 1 million knee and hip replacement surgeries each year in the U.S., and that number is expected to quadruple by 2030. Unfortunately, about 18% of hip replacement surgeries are revision surgeries, as are 8% of knee replacement surgeries. Furthermore, revision surgeries usually lead to longer hospital stays, and often lead to even more surgeries.
Medical Device Industry Growth
The medical device industry has grown tremendously over the past 20 years. The U.S. medical device market is a $133 billion industry, making it the largest medical device market in the world. According to the FDA, medical device recalls nearly doubled from 2003 to 2012.
Issues with medical devices might arise right away, or they may take months or even years to manifest. If you have been injured due to a defective medical device, you should consult a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Products liability lawsuits must be filed within two years of the time the defect was discovered, or when it should have reasonably be discovered.
“With the medical device industry growing rapidly, and more and more patients undergoing surgeries, it is important that we hold medical device companies responsible for defective products,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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