The vast majority of medical devices operate as intended and help improve patients’ illnesses or injuries. However, even the smallest defect in a medical device can have catastrophic consequences for patients, which is why it’s important to stay informed on recent recalls in order to protect your health.
Below, our Los Angeles product liability attorneys discuss three medical device recalls every patient should know about.
Notable Medical Device Recalls
There have been several medical device recalls in recent years that have impacted thousands of patients. Three notable recalls are covered below.
#1. Cochlear Implants
Cochlear implants are electronic devices that get surgically implanted into a patient’s ear and have helped many deaf or hard of hearing patients regain some sense of sound. However, these devices are not without fault. In fact, cochlear implants have been subject to numerous recalls in recent years.
In one notable recall of this device, some cochlear implants were reported to have caused loud noises and pain in patients’ ears. Then, the device was recalled again after the manufacturer made adjustments to the device without altering the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The common symptoms that those who have received a defective cochlear implant experience include the following:
- Buzzing or ringing in the ears
- Pain or a burning sensation in the ears
- A decrease in hearing ability/device performance
Another notable defect in many cochlear implants is a failure in the device’s hermetic seal. This defective seal can cause moisture to become trapped in the device, which can lead to the device short-circuiting and, possibly, an infection in the patient’s ear due to fluid build-up.
The cochlear implant recalls have affected nearly 30,000 patients in the United States. If you or someone you love has been harmed by a defective cochlear implant, Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation can help you recover the compensation you need for medical bills, lost wages, and more.
#2. Ozurdex Implants
Ozurdex is an injectable implant that is meant to treat a wide variety of conditions involving the eye. Such conditions include the following:
- Macular edema secondary to branch or central retinal vein occlusion
- Noninfectious posterior uveitis
- Diabetic macular edema
Ozurdex has grown in popularity since 2014. However, in late 2018, several batches of the implant were recalled in countries around the world, including the United States. The manufacturer, Allegan, states that the reason for the recall was the discovery of a silicone particulate approximately 300 microns in diameter observed in the implants. It was determined that the silicon particulates found in patients’ eyes were left there from the needle sleeve used to inject the implant. Allergan stated that there was a minor possibility of corneal reaction if the silicon particulate migrates to the anterior chamber of the eye.
Batches of Ozurdex manufactured between 2016 and 2018 were those involved in the recall. Patients who received a defective Ozurdex implant may experience injuries including:
- Retinal detachments
- Corneal damage
- Permanent blindness
There are certain patients who are more at risk of complications from the Ozurdex implant. Those with the following conditions should be wary of complications after receiving the implant:
- No lens capsule
- Zonular dehiscence
- Anterior chamber intraocular lens (ACIoL)
- Posterior chamber intraocular lens (PCIoL)
If you have already received the Ozurdex implant and experience any of the following symptoms, contact your medical provider as soon as possible:
- Blurry or double vision
- Clouding or blind spots
- Glare or “halos” around lights
- Eye sensitivity to light and/or touch
It’s important to remember that complications from the Ozurdex implant are not limited to patients with pre-existing conditions. If you or someone you love has been harmed by a defective Ozurdex implant, our Los Angeles product liability attorneys can help you seek justice against the manufacturer and their insurers.
#3. DePuy ASR Hip Replacements
The DePuy ASR hip replacement recall has affected approximately 10,000 patients in the United States. The device was recalled because it was loosening or separating from the bone, rather than fusing to it. This causes crippling pain for the patient as the metal cup moves about the hip socket and rubs against the bone.
This defective hip replacement has forced many patients to undergo risky revision surgery to get relief from the extreme pain the devices cause. Health conditions that patients with a defective hip replacement experience may include the following:
- A sensation that the hip is not "in place"
- An inability to perform physical activity
- Pain and swelling in the hip, groin, leg, or lower back
It’s important to note that not all symptoms of this defective hip replacement may be immediately apparent. Some symptoms may not present themselves for years after the initial implantation surgery. Therefore, it’s important to understand the warning signs of a defective DePuy ASR hip replacement and know who to call if and when issues do arise.
At Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation, our experienced product liability attorneys have helped clients across the country obtain justice against medical device manufacturers who have harmed them. If you or someone you love received a defective DePuy ASR hip replacement, call us at (866) 884-1717 to schedule a free consultation.
The Dangerous Consequences of a Defective Medical Device
Since medical devices are intended for use on or in the human body, any defect involving them can prove fatal. The dangerous consequences that may result from defective medical devices include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe burn injuries
- Injuries requiring amputation
- Reproductive issues
- Wrongful death
If you or someone you love has been harmed by a defective medical device, it may seem overwhelming or even impossible to go up against large manufacturing or pharmaceutical companies and their insurers. This is where experienced legal counsel comes into play.
When you work with a qualified product liability attorney who has the experience and resources to take on such large entities, you have a much better chance of recovering the maximum possible compensation to pay for any medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering that have resulted from your injuries.
At Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation, our team has a track record of success in handling product liability cases, including those that involve defective medical devices. To that end, we have recovered over $550,000,000 for clients harmed by dangerous products.
Our team will work to prove the four key elements of a product liability case:
- You were injured.
- The medical device in question is defective.
- The medical device’s defect directly caused your injury.
- You were using the medical device as it was intended.
There is no doubt that a defective medical device can leave patients in physical, emotional, and financial ruin. Our team aims to help clients move forward with their lives by recovering the maximum possible compensation for them. The damages you may be eligible for include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
You don’t have to go through this alone. Our attorneys will take the matter out of your hands while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
Contact Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation at (866) 884-1717 to schedule a free consultation.