Maryland Medical Device Error Lawyer
Medical devices are often necessary to treat patients for certain health conditions. Hip and knee implants, stents, pacemakers, birth control implants, breast implants, insulin pumps, and hernia mesh are examples of medical devices that patients rely on.
Sometimes these devices can give errors or fail altogether. When they malfunction, the result could be injury or death. This can lead to litigation against the doctor, hospital, or manufacturer of the device. Have you or a loved one been affected? If so, the Maryland medical device error lawyer at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman can assist you with the claims process.
Types of Medical Device Errors
Most medical device errors can be classified into two categories: operator failures and device failures. Operator failures occur when a doctor or other medical professional misuses the device, causing harm to the patient. Device failures, on the other hand, refer to a defect in the device itself, which causes harm to the patient despite proper use.
Operator failures often involve failing to use the device correctly. This failure could mean different things, such as:
- Not setting up the device properly
- Setting the controls incorrectly
- Failure to perform pre-use checks
- Monitoring the device during use
Problems With Medical Device Errors
Medical device errors can be problematic in a few ways. One of the biggest issues is that many go unreported. One reason why this happens is that the medical professional may not find the medical device error to be serious. Many doctors get used to minor medical device errors, so it’s for them to overlook a more serious error that can cause patient harm.
Also, when a medical device error does occur, the manufacturer or the medical facility may not be held liable. That’s because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) often gives the manufacturer and hospital special protections for the medical device. This means that when an error does occur, the patient will likely be the one blamed. The burden will be on the injured patient to prove that a defect exists. This may require a significant amount of evidence.
Product recalls can cause additional issues. If the patient does not take action, then they may have no legal recourse. They may not be able to pursue a legal claim or receive compensation for their injuries. Therefore, patients need to understand the processes they must follow if they suffer injury. It may be a good idea to contact a lawyer in these situations.
Contact Us Today
We rely on medical devices to help us with health conditions. When these devices fail, they can cause serious physical harm and even death.
Medical errors can be caused by the manufacturer, hospital, or doctor. If you have been affected, see how a personal injury lawyer at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman can help you file a medical malpractice claim and help you seek the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (410) 567-0800.