Defective Medical Devices
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Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. is a premier medical products liability law firm founded over three decades ago. Our litigation team represents injured patients and their families throughout the United States in claims against Big Pharma and medical device manufacturers. Our Florida defective medical device lawyers aggressively pursue the corporations responsible for serious injuries and fatalities caused by dangerous medical products.
A vaginal mesh is surgically implanted to relieve symptoms of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) — conditions sometimes arising from hysterectomy, vaginal delivery, obesity or smoking. Women with SUI experience embarrassing involuntary urine loss. POP describes sagging of pelvic organs, which may result in vaginal bulge, rectal leakage and constipation.
Unfortunately, for many women, vaginal meshes cause more severe medical problems, including inflammation, infection, pelvic abscesses, vaginal discharge, painful intercourse, damage to surrounding organs and puncture of blood vessels, bladder or bowel. Many patients require additional surgeries to repair the injuries and some women have been left with permanent disabilities.
Johnson and Johnson recalled 29 models of its DePuy hip implants in August 2010 because of their high rates of failure. When the prosthetic hip fails, patients suffer pain and disability and must endure additional surgeries to replace the defective device.
Metal-on-metal hip replacements may fray and the metal shavings can become lodged into the surrounding tissue or enter the bloodstream. Metal may travel throughout the body through the vascular system and cause a serious medical condition called metallosis that kills tissue.
The Mirena IUD is a form of birth control that is implanted in a woman’s uterus and releases steady amounts of the synthetic progesterone levonorgestrel. Because one implant is supposed to last up to five years, the IUD was considered a convenient form of family planning. The IUD manufacturer Bayer marketed the device through social media and the house parties concept.
Medical problems associated with the Mirena IUD include uterine perforation, pelvic inflammatory disease and ovarian cysts. Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage may occur when the IUD fails. In addition the birth control device may migrate, resulting in scarring, hysterectomy, infertility or death.
The NuvaRing is a form of birth control that is inserted into the vagina for a three-week period and releases the same synthetic hormones found in oral contraceptives. The device is then removed for one week and then a new one is inserted for the following three weeks, thereby mimicking the natural menstrual cycle.
Marketed by Merck as a convenient and safe alternative to the pill, the device has been linked to blood clotting disorders that may result in lung collapse, heart attack, stroke or death. These serious health effects are related to the high dosages of the hormone delivered by the NuvaRing, a fact that was withheld by the device’s manufacturer Merck.
Stryker Rejuvenate hip implants fail at high rates. This metal-on-metal hip is prone to splintering and releasing toxic levels of metal into the patient’s bloodstream. Our Florida defective medical device lawyers began investigating the product before the FDA took action and prior to its recall. In addition, our firm was the first to file a lawsuit claiming Stryker hip failure. We remain a leader in the Stryker litigation and our firm has been named to the multidistrict litigation (MDL) steering committee.
The Zimmer NexGen knee implants were sold to surgeons and patients as the new generation of prosthetic knees that could give active seniors and athletes greater range of motion than the older models. Instead, the knees have caused pain, infection, stiffness, inflammation, instability, blood clots, bone fractures and other serious complications. Many patients must undergo additional surgeries to repair the problems and many continue to suffer long-term disabilities.
Consult with Our Florida Defective Medical Device Lawyers
If you have experienced pain, disability, illness, additional surgeries and other problems with your medical device, take action to recover damages. Call Searcy Denney at (800) 780-8607 or contact our firm online to schedule a free no-obligation consultation with our experienced Florida defective medical device lawyers.