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Chicago defective medical device lawyersOver the last decade, an estimated 750,000 women have received the Essure birth control implant. Thousands have reported health complications, some of which were life-altering. In response, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has moved to issue a “black box” warning – their most serious type – for Essure. Yet the devices remain on the market. If you or someone you love has the Essure implant, the following information covers what you should know about the possible risks, and what you can do, should you experience any of them.

Current Warning Label and Potential Complications

Pitched as the only non-surgical permanent birth control option, Essure consists of two nickel-titanium coils. They are implanted into the fallopian tubes, through the cervix, during a 15-minute procedure. Within three months, scar tissue is supposed to develop around the coils, preventing the fallopian tubes from releasing eggs into the uterus. Until a follow-up check at that three-month mark, women are told to use alternative forms of contraception to prevent pregnancy. The device’s current warning says women may experience pelvic pain and bleeding immediately after the procedure.

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oxygen tank recall, Chicago personal injury attorneysOxygen, though essential for breathing, is a volatile substance with the potential to ignite, explode, or catch fire. Thankfully, modern medicine discovered how to harness this substance so that those that need it on a regular basis could use it.  However, the risks are still present, especially if the product is mishandled or ends up being a defective medical device. One of the two scenarios are behind a recent recall on portable oxygen tanks manufactured by Western/Scott Fetzer Company; which scenario has yet to be determined.

Reason Behind the Recall

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Western/Scott Fetzer Company received reports that their OxyTote canisters could ignite and cause an internal flash fire if dropped or mishandled. Two incidents—one resulting in injury, the other in death—were also allegedly received by the company, prompting the oxygen tank recalls. In the case of the injury, the unit was reportedly dropped from a height of approximately four feet; when the death occurred, the unit was not dropped but was reportedly set at the side of the handler.

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Stryker hip implant settlement, Chicago product liability attorneyA settlement involving a minimum award of $1.43 billion has been reached in ongoing product liability litigation against Stryker Orthopedics. The 3,000-plus clients represented in the Stryker hip implant lawsuit will each receive a base amount of $300,000 with additional compensation for those who suffered revision surgery complications to remove the defective hip implant.

Stryker manufactured and promoted its Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hips implants as having the capability of providing longer life and greater range of motion for patients. The FDA approved Stryker’s Rejuvenate Modular hip system in 2008 as part of a 510(k) premarket application, which determined the hip implant was “substantially equivalent” to pre-approved, legally marketed medical devices.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 332,000 hip replacements in 2010. Two years later, Stryker issued a recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hips implants due to dangers resulting from the poor design and improper testing of the device. Studies showed that patients faced health risks including:

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