Defective Medical Devices Attorney Pittsburgh

Technology has allowed us to make incredibly medical devices that keep us healthy and extend our lives. From allowing people to walk easier to keeping our hearts beating, these devices could be considered little miracles. Unfortunately, they can also be faulty and cause serious patient harm. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, we are here when you need a medical malpractice lawyer in Pittsburgh. Our goal is to investigate all aspects of what happened and secure the compensation you need. We understand these cases and are not afraid to stand up to big companies and manufacturers.

Millions of people use medical devices

Millions of Americans rely on medical devices each day. Most people do not realize the level of scrutiny these devices undergo before they become available to consumers. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must approve most medical devices before they are made available for use by healthcare professionals or consumers. However, that does not mean they are defect-free.

There are three classes of devices that require inspection and approval by the FDA, with more scrutiny occurring at each level.

  1. Class I devices are considered low-risk devices. These include things like basic surgical instruments, bandages, wheelchairs, walkers, and more. These are not considered life-sustaining or invasive.
  2. Class II devices are considered intermediate-risk devices. This category includes things that are considered lifesaving but are not necessarily implanted into a person’s body – IV infusion pumps, insulin pumps, CT scanners, etc.
  3. Class III devices are considered high-risk devices. This is a heavily regulated category because these devices are typically implanted and are responsible for vital lifesaving functions. Included in this category are pacemakers, spinal cord stimulators, deep-brain stimulators, heart valves, and more.

There is no such thing as a medical device that poses no risk. For Class II and Class III devices, you or a loved one were told the risks and benefits of having such a device. However, that does not absolve companies, manufacturers, and healthcare professionals from liability in instances of malpractice or negligence.

One recent study found that medical devices have caused more than 80,000 deaths in the US since 2008. Amongst the top culprits for injury reports are metal hip replacements and insulin pumps, but there have been hundreds of thousands of complaints about that time span.

What kind of compensation is available?

If you or a loved one have been harmed due to a faulty device, you need to seek legal assistance immediately. These cases can become incredibly complex, and we want to ensure you are treated fairly. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, our skilled and compassionate team will investigate all aspects of your case so we can secure the compensation you need, including:

  • Coverage of medical expenses
  • Recovery of lost wages if you are unable to work
  • Cost of device replacement
  • Mental anguish damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the company or manufacturer

If you need a defective medical devices attorney in Pittsburgh, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 888-988-9467.