People rely on a vast array of medical products, such as stents, hernia mesh, contraceptives, and hip implants, to treat health conditions. Patients expect the devices that doctors recommend and put in their bodies to be safe and effective. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
Unsafe medical products can cause serious complications, including chronic pain and organ damage. People around the world have suffered painful injuries that affected their health and quality of life—and some have even died—because of harmful medical products.
If you were injured because of a medical device, a Los Angeles medical product liability lawyer may be able to hold the companies that manufactured and sold the device accountable. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has represented thousands of clients across the United States in personal injury cases, and we may be able to help you seek financial compensation for the harm you have suffered.
While it may be impossible to restore your health and well-being to the way they were prior to your injuries, a financial award can help compensate you for medical bills, lost income, changes in your quality of life, pain and suffering, and even loss of consortium if your injuries negatively affected the relationship between you and your spouse.
Our Los Angeles medical product liability lawyers are ready to help. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 311-3755 to learn more.
Liability for Injuries Caused by a Medical Product
Even if a medical device is well designed, incorrect manufacturing can cause of injuries. An error could have occurred at some point in the manufacturing process, or an accident may have affected the quality of the device. It is also possible that the product was damaged while in transportation to a hospital or a doctor’s office. If a medical device contains a defective part that was manufactured by a different company than the one that made the finished product, both companies may be found liable for injuries caused by the device.
In some cases, a medical product was manufactured correctly, but the design was flawed. Sometimes a device is safe and effective at first, but later breaks down and injures the patient who uses it. In other cases, a medical product’s design makes it inherently dangerous or defective—even when properly manufactured and used correctly, the device may still pose a significant risk to patients. If the company that manufactured the product knew of the problem but continued to produce and sell the medical device anyway, it may be held liable for resulting injuries.
The medical product may also have been marketed deceptively. For example, a doctor, hospital, or sales representative may have made misleading claims about the product, failed to provide appropriate warnings, or failed to provide adequate instructions on how to use the product safely.
The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can investigate the circumstances that caused you to suffer injuries from an unsafe medical product. Call our office today to discuss your case with a member of our staff.
How a Los Angeles Medical Product Liability Lawyer Can Help
Our staff can examine the circumstances that led to your injuries and identify any and all parties whose actions may have played a role. For example, a product may have been poorly designed, but the company knew and continued to produce and sell it anyway. Distributors may have been aware of the danger, but still chose to sell the medical device to make a profit. A manufacturer may have hidden a defect in a product’s design from the public or failed to recall a defectively designed product to protect its profits and company image. A sales representative may have followed a manufacturer’s instructions to not reveal information about a product’s dangers to doctors.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, companies that manufacture, sell, or distribute products can purchase product liability insurance to protect them from legal liability if a product causes personal injury. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may file an insurance claim or file a personal injury lawsuit the product manufacturer, a laboratory that tested the device, the doctor who recommended it to you, the hospital or clinic where you had the device placed in your body, a medical sales representative, a pharmacy or other retail supplier, and possibly other companies or individuals.
Any party that was a part of the chain of distribution is a potential defendant. If a business changed form through a merger or reorganization or in another way, the company in its current form may still be held liable for its predecessor’s role in the chain of distribution.
For a free legal consultation with a Medical Product Liability Lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 970-4884
Get Legal Help from a Los Angeles Medical Product Liability Lawyer Today
Figuring out who was responsible for an unsafe product that caused your injuries may be a complex process. Medical product liability cases often take years to resolve since so many parties may have been involved in the process and may share the blame.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm does not hesitate to take on tough cases. We can work to hold the parties responsible for your injuries accountable. We can try to settle the case out of court—but we are not afraid to go to trial to obtain fair compensation for a client.
You do not have a long time to take action to seek compensation for your injuries. According to California Code of Civil Procedure § 335.1, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years. Call our office at (800) 311-3755 today to speak with a member of our staff about your legal rights and get started on your case.