Advancements in technology have bought about many medical miracles. Now, thanks to different medical devices, heartbeats can be regulated, joints can be replaced, hernias can be repaired, and even organs can be lifted and moved back into place. These are just a few of the wonderful medical devices to enter into mainstream medicine. While some of these devices have been available for a while, all are continually improved and changed. Patents run out, and new devices by competitors reach the market. The competitive market is supposed to make these procedures more available and more affordable. However, in many cases, it has made them more dangerous.
When the patent on a medical device expires, competitors can take the schematics and create a similar product, much like the generic drug industry. Competitor products may not be as well tested as the original product, and they may use inferior components. When this occurs, patients are injured by their use.
Recently, there have been many different medical device injuries that have been in the news. These include a replacement hip, mesh used for closing hernias and moving organs, and pain pump problems. Each of these issues has led to severe injuries to the patient, including death.
If you have recently had a medical device implanted, and are now suffering with additional medical problems directly related to that operation, after you seek medical care, you will need to gain the services of an attorney. An Atlanta personal injury attorney can review your case and determine the compensation you are entitled.
People have specific rights from being the victim of a negligent act. This includes the negligence of a medical device manufacturer. Under these rights, you are entitled to compensation for specific conditions, including:
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Medical bills and continued therapy
- Loss of wages, both current and future
You may also be entitled to additional compensation if the injury has caused a permanent disability or the inability to have gainful employment.
A personal injury lawyer handles all different types of injury cases. They are experienced and trained to handle:
- Medical malpractice
- Auto accidents
- Workers compensation
- Defective products
- Any other injury incurred due to the negligence of another person or business.
Your case may also require the lawyer to consider a malpractice suit in the event that the medical device has caused you injury due to incorrect operational procedures.
An Atlanta attorney will carefully review your case. Once the facts have been established, and a medical treatment plan has been established to bring you back to optimal health, the attorney will begin the negotiation process for your compensation.