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Recent Posts About Defective Medical Devices

  • The Reason Why Doctors Use Mesh to Repair a Hernia

    There are five types of abdominal and groin hernias. An abdominal hernia happens when part of an organ or tissue swells up and puts pressure on the body’s abdominal wall. The abdominal wall can only take so much pressure before it gives in and tears open. There are two types of groin hernias. Men more commonly experience inguinal hernias, which affect the pathway between the abdomen and the ...
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  • Pacemaker Users Beware: Increased Risk of Cybersecurity Issues

    Hundreds of thousands of lives depend on St. Jude’s pacemakers. Yet concerns over battery problems and cybersecurity issues have been topics of news stories, lawsuits, and patient outcry. Our St. Jude pacemaker lawyers are currently representing clients seriously hurt by these defibrillators. Many of our clients were affected by the St. Jude recalls in the fall of 2016, and we know many other ...
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  • Corporations Romanticize Benefits, Downplay Risks of Drugs Marketed to Women

    Some corporations have a history of exploiting women to profit off their use of harmful drugs and medical devices. A recent report by the American Association of Justice looks back at how women have suffered more than men from dangerous drugs and medical devices. Companies saw women as easy targets for products that could “fix” normal things like irritability, depression, menopause, and ...
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  • Hernia Mesh Maker Accused of Negligence

    Fixing a Hernia A hernia occurs when tissue or intestines break through a weak area in the body. Depending on how serious the hernia is, patients may choose to either monitor their pain or undergo surgery. A popular option, due to its ability to lower the rate of hernia recurrence, is a minimally invasive surgery using surgical mesh to alleviate the hernia. Three types of mesh may be used in the ...
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  • Hernia Mesh Recalled for Flaws & Injuries

    Hundreds of men and women implanted with the mesh file complaints. Last year, a product used to repair hernias was removed from American market . Patients implanted with Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Physiomesh were suffering higher-than-normal failure rates, infections, and hernia recurrence, because the mesh was defective. Yesterday, a man filed a lawsuit against another type of hernia mesh, the ...
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  • New Warnings for Essure

    Just a few weeks ago, in November 2016, the FDA updated Essure’s warnings after more than a year of reviewing the birth control implant. The new black box warnings – the FDA’s most severe type of warning – comes with a patient checklist, which doctors should review with women before implanting Essure. Access the FDA's full evaluation here . Our Essure attorneys are currently working on these ...
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  • Doctor Arrested for Unnecessary Surgeries and Patient Deaths

    A doctor in Michigan is currently facing 100 years in prison on federal charges for deceiving patients, fraudulent billing, and even the death of a patient. Medical malpractice attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on this case and others like it throughout the country. The neurosurgeon, Aria Sabit, surrendered his medical license in California in 2013 after a series of accusations very ...
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  • Gynecologic Procedure now Banned by Four Top Hospitals

    Our team of medical mistake attorneys recently reported that doctors throughout the country were calling for a ban on one popular gynecological procedure, known as morcellation. In the wake of public outcry, at least three of the nation’s top hospitals have banned the procedure. Importantly, the FDA has also released a statement discouraging surgeons from using morcellation procedures. ...
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  • How Spine Implants Cause More Harm than Good

    Stimulation therapy is a growing treatment intended to relieve chronic pain in the spinal cord by sending electrical pulses through an implant. In some patients, the procedure works well and pain is well-managed. In others, the operation turns dire, causing permanent paralysis. Medical device attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm look into these implants and who is to blame when a patient is ...
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  • Veterans Affairs Spends $845 Million on Malpractice Claims over Past Decade

    A recently-released analysis by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) showed that the agency paid about $845 million in medical malpractice payments since 2003. This amount of money was paid to over 4,400 veterans who were injured through medical negligence. Medical malpractice attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm frequently work on behalf of injured veterans, and know just how damaging ...
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  • FDA, Plaintiffs Warn Against Unapproved IUDs

    Mirena attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm remind women implanted with an IUD contraceptive or thinking of having one implanted of the still-present problems over unapproved, or “black market” IUDs. This issue was first raised in 2010, when the FDA issued letters to health professionals stating that using unapproved IUDs could constitute fraud and counterfeiting lawsuits. Inevitably, that is ...
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  • Cardiac Stents One of Most Overused Medical Procedures

    Malpractice lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on several recent studies and news articles highlighting the massive overuse of cardiac stents in the United States. Over seven million Americans have been implanted with stents in the past decade, costing them and the healthcare system more than $110 billion. Stents are implanted around the heart to prop open heart attack patients’ arteries ...
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  • Family Receives $15 Million after Fatal Doses of Radiation

    Medical malpractice attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on a recent settlement by the family of a lung cancer patient who suffered severe injuries after being exposed to overdoses of radiation. The family settled with the medical services company, Varian Medical Systems, in the amount of $15 million. The man, Zacarias Chichioco Jr., died in May 2011 after received about 2.5 times the ...
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  • Malpractice Lawsuits from Laser Surgery on the Rise

    Medical malpractice applies to a wide range of healthcare settings, from dental work to dolling out medications. With the widespread popularity of laser surgery, many patients underestimate the potential side effects of the procedure. Like any other medical procedure, however, if doctors deviate from the standard of care, medical malpractice claims can be filed. Laser surgery is available in every ...
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  • The Tragic Reality Behind Defective DePuy ASR Hip Implants

    A flawed piece of engineering in a car could cause it to break down, risking death to its occupants, and faulty workmanship could bring down a bridge or break apart a dam. Equally disastrous is a defective medical implant such as the DePuy ASR hip implant manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. Defective medical device attorneys warn against device failures that can ...
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  • FDA Approves New Hip Replacement System, Demands More DePuy Defective Hip Research

    Illinois medical device lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm have long questioned the safety of metal- on- metal hip implants. Our clients have suffered debilitating consequences from defective hip replacement systems and continue to experience serious hip implant complications. We are cautious about the first ceramic metal-on-metal total hip replacement system approved by the FDA on June 13, ...
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  • Healthcare Professionals Warned that ASR, a Hip Replacement Device, has High Early Rate of Failure

    The New York Times recently reported that DePuy Orthopaedics, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, has warned doctors that an artificial hip implant known as the ASR has a high early failure rate in some patients. The warning comes after more than two years of reports of implant failures in patients after only a few years post-surgery. Typically, artificial hips are projected to last 15 years. As a result ...
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