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I Lost My Spouse Because an Insulin Pump Was Defective. Can I Take Legal Action?

Posted on in Product Liability

Rockford product liability lawyerA couple of years ago, a prominent medical device company issued a massive recall of over 300,000 insulin pumps. The pumps had defective retainer rings which could break, causing the pump to dose insulin improperly and potentially send users into diabetic comas. The U.S. Food and Drug administration categorized this recall as a Class I recall, in which there is a reasonable probability that using the recalled defective medical product could result in serious injury or death. 

When situations like this occur, people can suffer catastrophic injuries and death through no fault of their own. The sudden loss or grievous injury of a spouse or a child can cause incalculable grief and suffering and survivors may rightfully wonder if there is anything they can do. If you or someone you love has been hurt because of a defective medical device, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you secure fair compensation. 

What Kinds of Medical Devices May Be Defective? 

Defective insulin pumps are only one kind of medical device that could cause serious injury or death. Pacemakers, hearing aids, prosthetics, implants, joint replacements, and more can be hazardous if they are not manufactured properly. Common injuries that result from defective medical devices include, but are not limited to: 

  • Infections
  • Organ failure
  • Coma
  • Allergic reactions
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Chronic pain
  • Bone or tissue damage
  • Permanent disability
  • Death 

How Can I Prove a Defective Medical Device Caused the Problem? 

For defective medical device lawsuits to be successful, victims must prove that the product design was flawed, that the product’s manufacturer did not warn users about the flaw, or that the product’s manufacturer did not recall a product after they knew it was dangerous and that the user was injured because of this. Such a lawsuit usually requires an extensive investigation into how the defective product was designed, created, and tested. It may also require subpoenas of communication from the device’s manufacturer, who may have ignored or covered up evidence that the device was not safe. 

Medical device manufacturing companies are large, powerful corporations that employ a team of attorneys to protect them when their devices fail. When faced with the fact that a device caused someone injury, these companies often do whatever they can to avoid paying someone fair compensation for their injuries. This is where a defective medical device attorney comes in. 

Meet with a Rockford, IL Defective Medical Device Attorney

When you put your trust in the hands of doctors and scientists who develop tools to monitor your health and keep you safe, it is devastating when these devices turn out to be defective and you or someone you love is injured or killed. If you have been victimized by a defective medical device, call the experienced Rockford personal injury attorneys with Mannarino & Brasfield, A Division of KJS. We offer free consultations and will work with you to investigate who is responsible for your suffering. Call us now at 815-215-7561

 

Source: 

https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/medical-device-recalls/medtronic-recalls-minimed-insulin-pumps-incorrect-insulin-dosing

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