Houston Medical Device Failure Attorney
Texas Defective Medical Device Lawyer
Medical device manufacturers can be held financially liable for injuries and deaths that result from design flaws and failures of their products.
At Hartley Hampton, our product liability attorney works with design engineers, medical experts, and other professionals to expose design flaws and manufacturing defects that cause medical device failures. We review patents, test results, and other data. We also consult medical economists in order to accurately quantify the cost of an injury or fatality to our client.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured due to a defective medical device, contact personal injury attorney Hartley Hampton today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
Injures and Defective Medical Devices
Examples of defective medical devices involved in recent recalls and/or litigation include the following:
- Defective defibrillators
- Defective heart valves
- Defective intrathecal drug pumps
- Defective pacemakers
- Defective IV drips
Risks Posed by Guidant and Medtronic Defibrillators
In the case of Guidant's Prizm AVT, Contak Renewal, Vitality AVT, Prizm 2 DR, and Renewal AVT, a wiring problem increased the risk of a short circuit in the device. When a short occurred, the implant's wiring system would overload, compromising the ability of the defibrillator to safely regulate the heart's rhythm.
In the case of Medtronic, some defibrillators used the Sprint Fidelis® lead wire to connect the device to the heart. In hundreds of cases and in at least 5 deaths, the Sprint Fidelis® malfunctioned. While Medtronic has recalled the Sprint Fidelis®, they were used in over 260,000 implants.
Foreseeability and Medical Device Failures
When lives depend on a medical device, there is no room for error. When designing a medical device, did the manufacturer foresee certain dangers? Were fail-safe and back up systems integrated into the design? If problems were detected during trial tests, were they adequately addressed by a manufacturer's design engineers? At Hartley Hampton, P.C. our attorney addresses these issues in order to expose a failure in a duty of care towards patients who naturally assume a device is reliable and safe.
Contact Houston Medical Device Failure Lawyer Hartley Hampton
We understand the technical issues often associated with products liability cases and failed medical devices. We have the resources and knowledge needed to establish a balance of power in the courtroom and leverage your case. To schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you, contact the personal injury law office of Hartley Hampton today.