Antibiotics, insulin, pacemakers, and artificial hips: there is a seemingly never-ending need for new devices and medicines to keep us well. But some of the new medical products have severe side effects that outweigh their benefits. Every year, thousands of patients are serious injured or killed by pharmaceutical drugs and dangerous medical devices.
The legal team of Morris, King & Hodge is dedicated to holding the makers of unsafe medical devices and medical products responsible for the harm they cause. If you took a drug or used a device that was supposed to heal you but instead hurt you, you may have the right to seek compensation for your losses. To learn more, contact our Huntsville, Alabama attorneys today for a free case review.
Morris, King & Hodge is investigating cases related to the following products:
Transvaginal mesh is an implant most used to treat two medical conditions: pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence in women. The surgical mesh is placed through the vagina and implanted to create a bladder sling or pelvic sling, or used to reinforce the wall of the vagina. Unfortunately, the product design and implantation technique contributed to serious complications, such as organ perforation and erosion.
The FDA has issued a safety bulletin warning doctors, health care professionals and patients that the placement of transvaginal mesh may present greater risk for the patient than other non-mesh procedures. The FDA stated that complications from the implantation of transvaginal mesh include erosion of the mesh into the vaginal tissue, organ perforation, pain, infection, painful intercourse, and urinary and fecal incontinence.
Additional surgical procedures, blood transfusions and other treatments may be necessary to treat these complications, which can cause excruciating pain with normal activities such as sitting down, walking and having intercourse. In certain cases, this can require multiple procedures without successfully removing all the mesh.
At the Huntsville, Alabama law offices of Morris, King & Hodge, our medical device lawyers protect the rights of people who suffered injuries from the use of transvaginal mesh and other dangerous medical products.
If you or a loved one have suffered painful injuries from the use of transvaginal mesh, we will evaluate your situation to determine if there is a claim against the manufacturer. For a free initial consultation, contact us today.
DePuy Orthopaedics, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary and maker of the Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) artificial hip, recalled the device in 2010 when it was revealed that the device failed at a rate significantly higher than the industry average. In fact, DePuy acknowledged in 2011 that the ASR would fail within five years in 40 percent of recipients.
A metal-on-metal hip replacement system, the ASR is known to shed metallic debris that damages tissue, often necessitating a follow-up hip replacement surgery. It was implanted in around 93,000 patients worldwide and around 30,000 in the United States. DePuy faces some 12,000 U.S. lawsuits related to the faulty ASR system, which has two configurations:
If you received either of these systems, you may already have been contacted by DePuy/Johnson & Johnson. Before you sign any papers that may diminish your ability to receive full compensation for your losses, be sure to speak with a Morris, King & Hodge attorney.
Stryker® Orthopaedics has voluntarily recalled its Rejuvenate modular and ABG II modular stem and neck hip implants. The recall was posted on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website on July 6, 2012. The implants were recalled in Canada earlier in 2012. The devices targeted by this recall are:
Stryker indicates that fretting and corrosion can occur within the devices, leading to adverse tissue reactions and pain and swelling in some recipients. Some recipients may experience the dangerous effects of Metallosis, a buildup of metal debris in the body’s soft tissues. Hospitalization and painful corrective surgeries are sometimes necessary to alleviate pain and swelling caused by the affected Stryker implants.
You can verify the model of the hip implant that you received through a review of your medical records, a conversation with your surgeon, or by calling our office for a free consultation.
Granuflo and Naturalyte, manufactured by Fresenius Medical Care, are products used by patients with kidney failure undergoing dialysis treatment. Both products were recalled in March 2012 due to their link to metabolic alkalosis, a risk factor that can cause hypoxemia, cardiac arrhythmia, and hypokalemia. These conditions can ultimately lead to cardiac arrest and sudden death.
Prior to the recall, Fresenius sent a memo to doctor’s in its own dialysis centers warning of the increased risk of cardiac arrest in Granuflo patients. The company failed, however, to notify other dialysis centers. According to the New York Times, Fresenius treats more than one-third of America’s 400,000 dialysis patients. It is estimated that 125,000 patients received Granuflo in non-Fresenius clinics.
The recalled Granuflo and Naturalyte concentrates were available from January 2008 through June 2012. If you took one of these products during this time and experienced a heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular problems, or if a loved one suddenly died while taking Granuflo, contact our medical product lawyers to discuss your case.
While it’s impossible to deny the positive impacts of medical technology on human life, the negative impacts are also all too clear. The AV-rated firm of Morris, King & Hodge is dedicated to helping the victims of unsafe pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Our track record of success includes over $30 Million dollars in settlements To speak with a firm partner about your case free of charge, call us at (256) 536-0588 or (888) 321-8353 or send us an online message.
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