South Carolina Dangerous Medical Device Lawyers Explain Your Rights
Fighting for victims when medical devices cause harm
Patients with severe medical problems are often sold on how the latest medical device or piece of equipment can be a cure for what ails them. Sadly, many of these promises cause more harm than good. Defective medical devices can cause a lifetime of harm even if they are removed. In some cases, an improper device can cause death. Cases involving dangerous and defective medical devices can be extremely complicated. The defendants include large corporations who can often afford to hire the best attorneys money can buy. The health product companies typically have medical consultants working for them. You need a law firm that understands the complexities and can level the playing field.
The South Carolina dangerous medical device attorneys at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, keep current with medical devices that are recalled and are known to cause harm. We represent clients when a new or old device malfunctions, when the doctors did not implant the device correctly, or when side-effects are not fully explained. Our lawyers have successfully obtained millions in negotiated settlements and jury trial verdicts against medical manufacturers, retailers of medical devices, hospitals and medical providers. You asked to get better, not worse. If you suffer from a medical device that doesn’t work or a family member died due to a defective device, you have remedies. Our firm can help.
Our Experience With Medical Devices That Often Cause Serious Issues
Our South Carolina medical device lawyers have been helping victims for decades. We have the experience to prove that the device was defective and that the defects caused a client’s injuries. We use this knowledge and skill to get clients compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical care. Some of the devices our lawyers have experience handling include:
- Stockert 3T Heater-Coolers. Used during open heart surgery, these medical devices help doctors regulate the body temperature of the patient. However, the water in the tanks of the Stockert 3T heater-coolers can becoming a breeding ground for deadly infections, linked to the death of at least a dozen people since 2008.
- Textured breast implants. Textured breast implants have been linked to anaplastic large cell lymphoma – or BIA-ALCL. It is theorized that the surface of the implants causes abrasions and then inflammation within the body, leading eventually to cancer in some patients.
- Bair Hugger warming blankets, currently manufactured by 3M Company, are used in hospitals on a regular basis to help keep patients warm during surgical procedures.
- Essure permanent birth control implants. Essure birth control implants are associated with a number of serious complications, which often necessitate revision surgery. Bayer, the manufacturer, has stopped selling Essure outside of the United States.
- Transvaginal mesh. These implants were designed to help women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and urinary incontinence. Transvaginal mesh devices, unfortunately, were allowed to enter the market without the standard FDA clinical trials. The FDA finally issued a warning about the negative impacts of these devices in 2008. The devices are difficult to remove. Complications include a failure to correct the POP and incontinence, infections, bleeding, and pelvic pain.
- DePuy hip implant recall. Johnson & Johnson, the parent company of DePuy Orthopaedics, issued a recall of its metal-on-metal line of ASR™ hip implants. The defect in the devices often requires that patients undergo a second hip replacement surgery. The devices, prior to the recall, were known to cause pain, joint inflammation, skin rash and other complications.
- Stryker hip implants. Like the DePuy hip implants, Stryker hip implants in some models have been found to be defective. The manufacturer, Styker Orthopaedics, recalled the implant devices years after they were first introduced. Complications from these defective devices include cobalt and metal poisoning, tissue death and implant dislocation. A replacement surgery may be needed.
- Guidant defibrillators
- Medtronic defibrillators/leads
- Medtronic Infuse bone grafts. These grafts were approved by the FDA for patients who had spinal fractures, scoliosis, other lower lumbar spinal injuries and for some dental bone grafts. The FDA issued a warning, in 2008, that unapproved uses could cause serious side effects and possibly death. Side effects include nerve damage, chronic pain, an increased risk of cancer and many other serious or even fatal complications.
Other mass tort products cases
- Talc products
- 3M Combat Arms Ear Plugs
- Roundup weed killer
Contact a South Carolina firm that has extensive medical device malfunction experience
Your defective medical device case is important to us. The attorneys at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, have extensive experience obtaining justice and compensation for people when medical devices don’t work and may necessitate additional surgeries. Our top-notch attorneys handle complex cases, not only in our state, but throughout the country.
We are dedicated, driven, and committed to delivering results. Contact McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC. Call 888.302.7546 and schedule a free case evaluation by a defective medical device attorney, or fill out our contact form from any device. McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, proudly serves people throughout the state, from offices in Columbia, Anderson, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Georgetown.