Defective Medical Devices
Doctors and hospitals are there to help us when we are ill or injured. However, sometimes things do not work happen that way. When a doctor or other medical professional injures a patient through negligence, the patient may pursue a medical malpractice claim. But some injuries are not necessarily the doctor’s fault. Instead some injuries are caused by defective medical devices. Patients who are injured by these devices may be entitled to compensation for their injuries from those who are at fault, such as the manufacturer of the device.
What is a Medical Device?
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines a medical device as “an instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, contrivance, implant, in vitro reagent, or other similar or related article, including a component part or accessory” that fits three requirements. In general terms, however, medical devices are the tools other than drugs that are used for medical treatment. When these devices are defectively manufactured, have a defective design, or are defectively marketed you may be entitled to compensation if you are injured.
What Remedy Do I Have if I Have Been Hurt By a Defective Medical Device?
If you have been injured by a defective medical device you may be entitled to file a lawsuit and receive financial compensation for your injuries. In order to obtain this remedy you need to be conscious of the statute of limitations in your case. A statute of limitations is a law that sets a strict time limit on when a particular type of lawsuit can be filed. As such, if you have been injured by a defective medical device it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible in order to protect your rights.
What Sort of Financial Compensation Might I Receive?
The exact amount of compensation you may be entitled to will depend on the details of your case. However, there are certain losses for which people are often compensated. These losses include:
- Medical bills (both past and future);
- Rehabilitation bills;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity.
If your loved one has lost his or her life due to injuries caused by a defective medical device you may be entitled to compensation for funeral expenses and compensation for loss of companionship and support.
Call Washington D.C. Defective Medical Device & Products Liability Attorneys, Bertram LAW gROUP
When you or a loved one is injured by a defective medical device, you may be entitled to financial compensation for those injuries. You need the help of an experienced defective medical device attorney. In Washington D.C. you should call Bertram Law Group PLLC at 202-803-5800. In addition to our local work we also work with counsel across the country handling these serious cases. When you call us we can schedule a free consultation to discuss the details of your case and determine whether we can be of help. If we do take your case it will be on a contingency basis, which means that you will not pay for our services unless and until you receive financial compensation as a result of a settlement or trial.