Medical devices save thousands of lives a year, and many people must use them on a continuous basis for years on end. Devices such as pacemakers, drug and coronary stents, and joint replacements give back a quality of life that many ill or injured people may not know without them. However, several medical devices may have defects that can cause more harm than good when used on medical patients.
Medical devices are considered defective when there is a design or manufacturing defect that makes them unreasonably dangerous. When a medical device is suspected of problems, it is up to the manufacturers and distributors to keep it from reaching the public, or to recall the faulty product. Unfortunately, most of the products that are found to be defective are recalled too late or not recalled at all.
When someone is injured because of a defect in a medical device, they deserve to be compensated. Damages you may be compensated for include economic, noneconomic, and punitive. Economic damages may cover you or your loved ones for past and future medical expenses or earnings, while noneconomic losses include pain, suffering, emotional distress, and other subjective areas. Punitive damages are awarded in cases where punishment is meted out for reckless or intentionally, or egregious, negligent behavior or actions.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of a defective medical device, please contact the experienced defective medical device attorneys at Carr & Carr. Our law firm’s offices are located in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, but we represent clients from across the country.