What should you do about a defective medical device?

When you opt for a surgical procedure, such as one that involves a medical device, you hope that it will change your life for the better.

Unfortunately, there are times when this doesn't happen. Instead, the end result is the exact opposite: The device causes more harm than good.

There are many types of medical devices, all of which fit into one of three categories outlined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

-- Class I

-- Class II

-- Class III

Although it doesn't happen often, there are times when a medical device is recalled because it's been found to cause more harm than good.

The FDA has the right to recall any medical device that presents a risk to the patient's health. There are times when the FDA finds out about this by completing its own research. Unfortunately, there are also times when a medical device causes so many problems in patients that there is no choice but to issue a recall.

If your medical device has been recalled, here are a few steps to take:

-- Speak with your doctor about your options.

-- Discuss this with your health insurance company to see what is and is not covered in regards to follow up care.

-- Learn more about your legal options, as you may be able to file a lawsuit to receive compensation for any damages related to the medical device.

Nobody wants to hear that their medical device is defective or being recalled, but this happens to many people every year. If you find yourself in this position, don't wait to learn more about your medical and legal rights in Nashville.

Source: FindLaw, "Drugs and Medical Device Recalls," accessed Nov. 22, 2016

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