While cochlear implants are largely successful, the fact remains that they are medical devices implanted into the body and, as such, have inherent risks to patients.
Below, our Los Angeles product liability attorneys discuss the injuries that may result from a cochlear implant procedure and whether it’s possible to recover from them.
The Risks of Cochlear Implants
In order to use a cochlear implant, patients must undergo a surgical procedure in order to have the device implanted. This procedure has inherent risks, including the following:
- Injury to the facial nerve
- Cerebrospinal fluid leakage
- Perilymph fluid leak
- Infection of the skin wound
- Blood or fluid collection at the surgery site
- Dizziness or vertigo
While these side effects are rare, they nevertheless pose a significant risk to a patient’s health when they do happen. However, with quick medical diagnosis and treatment, it is likely you will be able to recover from the aforementioned injuries.
Signs of a Cochlear Implant Failure
It’s a good idea for anyone who has a cochlear implant to know the warning signs of device failure so they can reach out to their medical provider as soon as possible in order to prevent an infection or another serious medical event.
The warning signs of a defective cochlear implant include:
- Sudden device malfunction
- A slow decline in device function
- Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears
- Ear discomfort
If you suspect your cochlear implant has failed, reach out to your medical provider to ensure your surgical site is not host to infection. Then, it’s in your best interest to reach out to an experienced product liability attorney who can help you identify liable parties and recover the compensation you may now need for your sudden medical bills and any lost wages.
Our team is well-versed in this area of the law and we have helped countless clients recover the compensation they deserve. Contact Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation at (866) 884-1717 to schedule a free consultation.