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Safety testing of medical devices may be insufficient

Over the past few decades, there have been many medical breakthroughs in medications, treatments and devices that have saved countless lives. However, the prevalence of medical malpractice lawsuits has shown that some of these treatments had detrimental effects on patients instead of helping them. At Bart Durham Injury Law, we have seen numerous cases involving Nashville patients who were harmed or killed by defective medical devices. We believe those in the medical community have a responsibility to heal and protect the people under their care.

Instead, Consumer Reports claims that numerous medical devices have been put on the market without having undergone sufficient testing to prevent consumer injury. Many devices that are supposed to correct a medical condition or improve a patient’s quality of life have ended up causing worsened medical conditions or fatal injuries. High-profile examples include the Lap-Band, transvaginal mesh and metal hip replacements.

Consumer groups have brought up the following concerns regarding medical devices:

  • They are not tested as thoroughly as prescription drugs before going on the market.
  • Standards for testing are not consistent.
  • There is no effective identifier system to allow physicians to warn patients of recalls or other problems with their implanted devices.

Dangerous medical products have been implanted or used on countless people across the United States, resulted in thousands of adverse events and numerous lawsuits. If you’ve been harmed by a medical device that was not safe to use on patients, the manufacturer or medical facility may be liableyou’re your damages. For more information, please visit our page on medical malpractice.

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