The problem with defective medical devices is how quickly they can become a danger to the people who need them. Imagine a child who needs an inhaler for asthma, for example. To get the medicine out of the vial, you must compress it within the handheld unit. If that unit fails, compresses it for too long or the button doesn’t depress correctly, the child may not get the right amount of medication. That could lead to life-threatening complications of asthma.
Other types of medical devices also have to perform properly as well. For example, can you imagine what would happen if an emergency medical technician’s defibrillator suddenly stopped working? A patient needing the EMTs to correct the heart’s rhythm might not get the life-saving treatment.
What should consumers do about faulty medical devices?
The primary thing to do is to realize that all machines can fail. Even when well-designed, there’s the potential that usage could wear down a device or its components, causing it to malfunction. For people with asthma who use inhalers, it’s wise to keep the inhaler covered and in a safe place to prevent damage. Keep two nearby if possible, just in case one runs out or isn’t working as intended.
Patients who get injured because of defective medical devices have options. They may seek compensation by filing a claim for damages. If that fails to bring the plaintiffs they relief that they seek, they may be able to file a product liability lawsuit in the Davidson County civil court system. Explore out website to learn more about your rights in the matter.