Prescription drugs aren’t the only things healthcare providers use to help their patients get better or find relief from the symptoms of serious illnesses and diseases. Medical devices are also popular options for a variety of ailments and conditions, and millions of Americans have received medical devices for everything from birth control and joint replacements to defibrillators and blood clot blockers.
Because medical devices often involve invasive procedures to be implanted inside patients’ bodies, they carry many inherent risks, including infection and bleeding. To make matters worse, some medical devices are fundamentally flawed due to poor designs and poor-quality materials.
When medical devices fail or break down inside patients’ bodies, they can cause serious health problems and complications, such as:
- Bleeding – Several medical devices are linked to potentially fatal bleeding, including hernia mesh, transvaginal mesh, and some types of birth control devices.
- Inflammation and pain – Joint replacement devices, including metal-on-metal hip replacements and knee implants, can be dangerous due to high levels of metal in the blood, infections, and damaged tissue and joints.
- Infections – Infection isn’t just an issue immediately after surgery or implantation for many medical devices—it’s an ongoing concern that can happen at any time, especially if the device causes bleeding or tissue damage.
The St. Louis defective product lawyers at Cofman Townsley are here to help if you or someone you love was hurt by a dangerous medical device. Call today for a free consultation. It’s our goal to help you get the money you deserve.