New medical devices and prescription drugs are frequently introduced into the market, but some of them are not properly tested before consumers use them. Additionally, manufacturers may know about potential health risks and dangers but do not provide appropriate warnings before offering the product to the public. Many of these products have caused severe injuries to a growing number of people.
Our attorneys have experience handling cases for people injured by dangerous medical products such as faulty metal-on-metal hip replacement devices and poorly designed surgical mesh implants. Our firm also handles nationwide claims for those who have suffered serious side effects from prescription drugs.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries after taking prescription drugs, or after being implanted with a defective medical device, the attorneys at Egerton Law can investigate your claim and determine if you qualify for a lawsuit against the manufacturing company.
ICD and CRT-D Devices: Safety Notice
On October 11, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety notice regarding the St. Jude Medical Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator (CRT-D) devices. These devices are used to treat slow or fast heart rhythm or to treat some forms of heart failure.
The FDA is alerting patients, caregivers and medical providers since it has been found that the batteries in these devices may fail earlier than expected. At least two deaths have been confirmed as a result of this malfunction.
The devices addressed in the FDA safety notice include St. Jude Medical ICD and CRT-D models manufactures before May 2015:
- Fortify VR
- Fortify ST VR
- Fortify Assura VR
- Fortify Assura ST VR
- Fortify DR
- Fortify ST DR
- Fortify Assura DR
- Fortify Assura ST DR
- Unify Quadra
- Unify Assura
- Quadra Assura
- Quadra Assura MP
You may find a copy of the FDA notice here.
Hip Replacement Recalls
Certain metal-on-metal hip replacement devices were voluntarily recalled by their manufacturers after reports of high failure rates, including:
- Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR)
- Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System
- DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System
- Zimmer Durom Acetabular Component
- Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip systems
In addition to these recalls, several other metal-on-metal hip implant systems are undergoing litigation to determine whether the manufacturer will have to pay for injuries suffered by the recipients of these devices, including the DePuy Pinnacle. Call 1-800-800-4529 if you have any questions about your metal-on-metal hip replacement.
Knee Replacement Recalls
Smith & Nephew, DePuy, Zimmer, and Stryker have also recalled various knee replacement devices after high failure rates were reported. Our attorneys can help determine if you have a claim against the knee replacement manufacturer. Contact our office if you have had serious injuries after knee replacement surgery.
Dangerous Prescription Drugs
You have probably seen the commercials listing dozens of potential side effects of prescription drugs. Sometimes, the risks of taking these drugs are greater than advertised or the side effects listed do not include all of the possible injuries that can be caused by a drug. Testosterone therapy has now been linked to heart attacks; the antipsychotic drug Risperdal has been linked to breast growth in males, and the blood thinner Xarelto has been linked to internal bleeding. The list of drug products with serious side effects is long. Our firm is currently accepting cases for evaluation for the following drugs:
- Proton-Pump Inhibitors: Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, Dexilant, Protonix, Aciphex
- Fluoroquinolones: Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox
Our attorneys investigate claims of injuries caused by drugs, and we can help determine if you have a claim against the manufacturer. Call us at 1-800-800-4529 if you have suffered serious and unexpected injuries after taking a prescription drug.
Other Medical Devices and Products
Several other products have been reported to cause severe injuries to those who consume the product. Medical devices designed to be inserted or implanted in the body should pass the toughest of tests before approval, but this is not always the case. Our attorneys investigate claims of injuries caused by other medical devices and products, and we can help determine if you have a claim against the manufacturer. Our office is currently accepting cases regarding the following products, for evaluation:
- Johnson & Johnson Shower-to-Shower Talc
- Implanon - birth control product
- Essure - permanent birth control product
- Mirena- intrauterine device (IUD), birth control
Call us at 1-800-800-4529 if you have suffered serious and unexpected injuries after taking a prescription drug.