Medical Device Failures
Defective Medical Device Attorneys in Houston
Medical device manufacturers can be held financially liable for injuries and deaths that result from design flaws and failures of their products. At Hampton & King, our defective medical device attorneys work with design engineers, medical experts, and other professionals to expose design flaws and manufacturing defects that cause injuries to patients. We review patents, test results, previous complaints, and other data. We also consult medical economists in order to accurately quantify the cost of an injury or fatality to our client.
Injures & Defective Medical Devices
Examples of defective medical devices involved in recent recalls and/or litigation:
- Defective defibrillators
- Defective heart valves
- Defective intrathecal drug pumps
- Defective pacemakers
- Defective IV drips
Risks Posed by Guidant & 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 & Medical Device Failures
When lives depend on a medical device, there is no room for error. Did the manufacturer foresee certain dangers? Were fail-safe and backup systems integrated into the design? If problems were detected during trial tests, were they adequately addressed by a manufacturer's design engineers? At Hampton & King, we address these issues in order to expose a failure in a duty of care towards patients who rightfully assume a device is safe.
Contact a Houston Medical Device Failure Lawyer
We understand the technical issues often associated with products liability cases and failed medical devices. Our medical team, which includes an MD and a Ph.D. nurse, understand the unique issues that caused your suffering. They will help prepare your case on a medical front while our attorneys prepare it on a legal front. Put simply: 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 with us, start by calling (713) 489-0993. We look forward to advocating on your behalf.