Defective Medical Devices in Austin
Medical advances in the last several decades have resulted in several devices intended to provide relief. Many Austin patients have been the recipients of such devices as metal hip replacements and hernia mesh implants. While the use of such medical equipment may be well-intended, the results have not always been as bright. Defective medical devices in Austin are an increasing problem among patients – but why?
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for testing and approving most medical devices for use in the United States. It was reportedly recently, however, that the manufacturers of these devices often push the FDA for quick approval of their products before they are subjected to adequate testing. Sometimes this is the result of demand for the device. But more often, the profit-driven motives of medical device manufacturers pressure the FDA into hastily approving devices that aren’t ready for public use.
Each year, the FDA releases a list of medical device recalls that Carabin Shaw’s attorneys regularly review. These devices, by the FDA’s own assessment, are so dangerous that continued use could result in serious injury or even death. In the period between 2010 and 2015, an average of over 2500 devices were recalled each year due to a flaw in their production or design. In fact, the FDA reviews thousands of reports annually of people, many right here in Austin, who have been seriously injured or have died as the result of a faulty medical device.
If you are experiencing a medical condition and your doctor in Austin recommends the use of a medical device, you want to be sure you will receive not only the right treatment, but that the device is free of defect and will provide the intended relief. The problem is that many defective medical devices in Austin are still in use or being prescribed, which can leave patients agreeing to procedures which could result in serious injury or death.
It may not be just the manufacturers of these devices who are responsible. If a medical professional has prescribed the implant of a medical device with known flaws, they may also be responsible for medical malpractice. Many other legal aspects of liability and damages may be involved, and as such, dealing with a potentially defective medical device or medical malpractice is best supported by a skilled lawyer.
The Austin product liability injury lawyers of Carabin & Shaw believe no one should be subjected to a cure that is worse than their original illness. Our attorneys understand the devastating effects that defective medical devices in Austin can have on individuals and their families. They have the experience necessary to hold manufacturers accountable when the design of their products results in harm to individuals, as well as to make sure medical professionals who negligently prescribe the use of these devices are held responsible.
If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one due to a defect in a medical device in Austin, you shouldn’t be alone in the aftermath. The large corporate manufacturers of medical equipment have numerous resources at their disposal to protect their interests. When you consider that many of them have the ability to influence a government agency like the FDA, you can begin to understand what you may be up against without a skilled attorney on your side.
Working with us is easy. Simply call to schedule an appointment, and one of our lawyers will meet with you to discuss your case. There is no charge for your initial visit with us, and we never charge our clients any fees until we win their case.
To speak to an Austin products liability attorney, call the law offices of Carabin & Shaw toll-free at 800-862-1260.
1609 Shoal Creek Blvd #100
Austin, TX 78701