The medical malpractice attorney can deal with a variety of situations, from an error inside the operating room to errors at a nursing home. Faulty at-home medical devices can also fall under the category of medical malpractice and require a medical device attorney. Clifford Law Offices has a team of attorneys that can handle both medical malpractice and faulty medical device cases.
When Medical Devices Fail
Medical devices and medical appliances can be as simple as a tongue depressor or as complex as a pacemaker, but when something goes wrong, it can necessitate the attention of a medical device attorney. The sheer variety of products that compose the medical device category is circumscribed by the Food and Drug Administration’s definition for medical devices:
“An instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, contrivance, implant, in vitro, or other similar or related article, including a component part, or accessory which is:
- recognized in the official National Formulary, or the United States Pharmacopoeia, or any supplement to them,
- intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, in man or other animals, or
- intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals, and which does not achieve any of its primary intended purposes through chemical action within or on the body of man or other animals and which is not dependent upon being metabolized for the achievement of any of its primary intended purposes.”
Medical Appliance and Medical Device Litigation is Complex and Requires an Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney
Lawsuits focused on defective medical devices or appliances are product liability cases commonly handled by a medical device attorney. Depending on the circumstances, a number of parties can be found liable, including the appliance or device manufacturer, seller and designer.
Defects in medical appliances and medical devices can come from a number of different causes. Some of which may not be immediately apparent, nonetheless, are the result of negligence of the manufacturer or a party that had responsibility for its safety. Each particular defect requires an experienced and knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney to uncover their source, which could include flaws in the design, construction with inferior materials, or a failure to properly warn or instruct the user.
The defective medical device attorneys and defective medical malpractice attorneys at Clifford Law Offices have the experience necessary to assist in claims focusing on all types of devices or appliances.
Clifford Law Offices, Experienced Chicago Defective Medical Appliance Lawyers and Defective Medical Device Attorneys
Clifford Law Offices’ medical malpractice attorneys represented several recipients of the recalled Sulzer hip devices who had to undergo painful revision surgery as a result of defective devices. These cases, which were part of a Multi-District Litigation, resulted in settlements nearing a combined one billion dollars.
We reached a partial settlement of $5,000,000 when a neurosurgeon, using spine instruments during surgery, caused permanent incontinence in a 30-year-old woman. In part, due to the manufacturer failing to advise the surgeon about the appropriate imaging required for the proper use of the instruments.