Medical devices such as pacemakers and prosthetics are commonly used to improve a patient’s quality of life or wellbeing. These medical devices can also help healthcare professionals diagnose, supervise, and treat medical conditions. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must approve all medical devices to assess their safety, effectiveness and quality before being sold to the public.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury by a medical device or a dangerous drug, you may be able to bring a claim forward. The Kansas City defective medical device attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C. can help you ascertain who is responsible for your injury and fight for just compensation.
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The FDA’s stringent requirements and vast amounts of paperwork can lead many manufacturers to take shortcuts through the 510(k) process. This process requires that a product be proved substantially equal to an existing product on the market. Occasionally, this shortcut is abused and proper testing of medical devices does not take place. When this happens, the FDA may recall a defective device in an effort to protect the public.
The chain of events that leads to the use of a particular medical device for a patient usually involves a number of parties. Consequently, it can be difficult to determine exactly who is responsible for an injury. The doctor that prescribed the device may be liable if he or she knew that the device was risky and did not plainly explain the risks to the patient. The hospital, the distributor, or the seller that provided the device may be liable.
Defective medical devices currently under investigation include the following:
If you believe you or a loved one have been injured by a defective medical device, call us at (816) 298-8708 for a complimentary initial consultation!
Most often, it is the manufacturer that is held liable on the basis of defects, inadequate warnings, or misleading marketing. Medical device manufacturers have a legal responsibility to make their devices safe, to meet FDA standards and to warn of any risks or side effects involved in using the device.
Patients have a right to know the risks associated with a particular medical device so that they (and their doctors) can make informed healthcare decisions.
When you choose the Kansas City medical device lawyers from Peterson & Associates, you can be sure you are choosing skilled and aggressive representatives. In just one of our defective products claims, we obtained $141,100,000 in compensation for the client*. Further, if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.
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