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Who Do I Sue If a Robotic Surgical Device Injures Me?

Surgeons have a tremendous responsibility to their patients to take all available steps to protect the patient during surgery. One way a surgeon protects his or her patient is to use sound, proven technology that helps the doctor perform surgery safely and effectively. One of the technological advances some surgeons are using is autonomous robotic surgery (ARS) devices.

Many healthcare facilities in the United States are installing ARS devices in their surgical rooms. Some proponents of the medical devices claim that an ARS helps the surgeon to be more accurate during surgery which can protect the patient from mistakes. They also claim that the patient’s stay in the hospital and recovery time can be shorter when an ARS is used during surgery.

Proving a Medical Device is Defective

When a medical device injures a person, one of the fundamental issues is proving that the medical device was defective or dangerous and that condition caused the patient’s injury. A patient must prove both elements to recover compensation for their injuries. However, opening and tearing down a product to examine it can have negative consequences if the manufacturer claims that the plaintiff created the dangerous condition by the tests performed on the object.

Dangers of Social Media During a Defective Product Case

Facebook being in the news lately regarding the safety of personal information highlights to need to be careful what you post online during a product liability case. Our defective medical device attorneys and dangerous drug lawyers want to make sure that our clients are very careful when posting online during their case. Some of the information they post online could hurt their claim and be used against them by the other side.

How Can I Afford a Pradaxa or Xarelto Lawsuit Attorney?

Thousands of cases are currently pending against the makers of Pradaxa and Xarelto claiming injuries after taking the medication. Xarelto and Pradaxa are blood thinners prescribed to patients to assist in preventing blood clots and strokes. However, patients have been reporting severe and life-threatening side effects from blood thinners. Numerous lawsuits allege uncontrolled bleeding and deaths after using Pradaxa and Xarelto.

Can I Sue if My Artificial Hip Was Defective?

Johnson & Johnson, along with its DePuy Orthopedics unit, have been sued by over 9,000 people claiming they have been injured after having the Pinnacle artificial hip implanted. In the third straight victory for plaintiffs, a federal judge in Dallas last November ordered the medical device manufacturer to pay $247 million to six patients for injuries from defective Pinnacle hip implants. The lawsuit claimed that the defendants failed to warn consumers of the potential risks associated with the implant. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit claimed that they experienced bone erosion, tissue death, and other injuries because of the product’s design flaws.

Do You Know What to Do If You are Injured by a Defective Medical Device?

Medical devices are designed to help us when we are sick or have a medical need. We depend on these devices when we need surgery, for diagnostic testing, medical treatments, and various therapies. In some cases, we depend on medical devices to help us walk (knee and hip replacements) or to stay alive (PFO Occluder to prevent strokes). Medical devices are used in almost every aspect of the healthcare industry.

However, some medical devices can cause injuries or death because of a defect or other issue. When a defective medical device injures a person, the patient may have a product liability claim against the device manufacturer. Below we explain the steps that you should take if a defective medical device has injured you or a loved one.

How Does the FDA Fit into the Process of Drug Recalls?

Before a new drug is released on the market, the drug manufacturer is charged with performing extensive tests and trials to ensure the drug is safe and effective for its intended use. Because all drugs have potential side effects, the drug manufacturers are also required to report any potential side effects or risks they discovered while testing the drug.

Xarelto Patient Fights Judge’s Reversal of Verdict

A plaintiff alleging failure to warn of increased risk of internal bleeding by the manufacturers of Xarelto won a $28 million verdict in state court in December. The verdict in the Hartman case was reversed by the presiding judge in January, even though jurors had sided with the plaintiff after hearing exhausting testimony and evidence about the dangers of the drug and the company’s failure to warn about these dangers. The plaintiff is currently appealing the reversal of the jury verdict.

Lawsuits Alleging Injuries from Testosterone Therapy May Settle

Bloomberg is reporting that GlaxoSmithKline, LLC and Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. have agreed to a settlement regarding allegations against the drug manufacturers related to their testosterone-boosting drug. Allegations by patients accuse the drug makers of concealing health risks associated with testosterone therapy. The potential settlement does not include claims and cases filed against AbbVie. AbbVie is one of the largest producers of testosterone-replacement medications.

Avoiding Injuries on St. Patrick’s Day

St.  Patrick’s Day 2018 is this weekend. Many people in the Dallas area will be celebrating the holiday throughout the weekend at restaurants, clubs, bars, homes, and other venues. While the holiday weekend is a time to relax and enjoy the festivities with family and friends, it can also increase your risk for an accidental injuries. One of the most common causes of injuries over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday is DUI accidents. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), 60 people were killed in 2016 in DUI accidents over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.  In the four-year period from...

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