Defective Medical Devices
With greater frequency, we undergo surgery to have artificial devices implanted to restore us to full and complete health, not further injury. You have a right to expect no less from a manufacturer. Yet, inadequate testing or improper follow-up by the device manufactures often lead to further pain, suffering, and possible death.
Active Investigations and Litigation
Originally designed to catch blood clots (pulmonary embolisms) before the reach your lungs, Inferior Vena Cava filters (IVC) have been increasingly found to susceptible to fracture or migration. When this complication occurs, a person is at risk of perforation of any organ or blood vessel. Removal by surgery may be required; not all devices can be removed without further harm to the individual.
The FDA has advised that retrievable IVC filters be removed within a month or two of implantation. Hundreds of reports of IVC filters breaking within the body and damaging organs have been received by the agency.
Notably, C.R. Bard which manufactures the Recovery IVC filter and Bard G2 IVC filter, as well as the Cook Celect IVC filter, and Gunther Tulip IVC filter are currently facing hundreds of lawsuits.
For years, thousands women suffering from Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) or Stress Urininary Incontinence (SUI) were treated with transvaginal mesh and bladder slings. Unfortunately, severe complications, such as pain, infection, vaginal scarring, mesh erosion, and perforation of the bowel, bladder or blood vessels, have occurred. The treatment of these complications often require surgical repair, IV therapy, drainage of hematomas, and blood transfusions.
These mesh devices were manufactured by large drug companies such as Johnson & Johnson, American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific, Ethicon, a division of Johnson and Johnson, and C.R. Bard. Despite numerous injuries reported to the Food and Drug Administration, these devices are still sold and implanted in women today, placing them at risk of serious harm.
Recently, after tens of thousands of lawsuits by women suffering severe vaginal mesh complications, however, the FDA has reclassified transvaginal mesh products and designate them as Class III, which generally includes high-risk devices. The FDA has also strengthened the approval process requirements for surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of POP.
Today, over ten trials have proceeded to verdict against these manufacturers. In many, the jury has awarded punitive damages against one or manufacturers for the harm they caused.
For decades, surgeons have chosen to mesh to repair all types of hernias. Yet, as increasingly shown, many types of hernia mesh have caused infections, adhesions, perforations, obstructions, and required dangerous repair, removal or replacement surgery. Oftentimes, removal surgeries are dangerous and unsuccessful because the mesh has adhered to an organ or unable to be completely removed.
An innumerable number of adverse events have been reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) related to several types of hernia mesh, including: Atrium Medical’s C-QUR; Ethicon Inc.’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh as well as certain types of Bard mesh such as the PerFix, 3DMax, Ventralex ST, Sepramesh IP Composite, Composix E/X; and
certain types of Covidien mesh, such as the Parietex Surgical, Parietex Composite, and Parietex ProGrip.
If you have had a repair, removal or revision surgery because of a hernia mesh, and want to know your legal rights, I would welcome an opportunity to speak with you.
3M Combat Arms Earplugs
From 2003 through 2015, many men and women sacrificed much in service to their Country. What they did not sign up for, however, was to sacrifice their hearing because 3M manufactured defective Combat Arms Earplugs. Sold to the military as effective in lessening the noise from gun and cannon fire, their design caused many soldiers, many of whom were in battle, to suffer significant hearing loss or tinnitus.
If you have been diagnosed with significant hearing loss or tinnitus after being deployed in the U.S. military between 2003-2015 and being issued and using 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms earplugs, I am able to help you. You may be able to receive compensation for your damaged hearing as well as past and future lost wages if the hearing damage has impaired your ability to work.