Common Causes of Faulty Medical Devices
When a medical device malfunctions, serious consequences can result. Patients can suffer harm, injury or even death. If a pacemaker stops working, the effects could be a higher risk of death, especially for people with serious heart conditions. Knowing the common causes of faulty medical devices can help you avoid them. Don’t hesitate to speak to a Jackson medical device attorney to learn about the legal options available to you.
Causes of defective medical devices
Some of the most common causes of defective medical devices can be broken down into five main categories. These categories include design and labeling, manufacturing, spoilage, device failures, and packaging. Identifying the category your medical device error falls into is the first step if you want to sue for damages.
Design and labeling errors exist in the plans of the medical device. This means that from the start, the medical device had an error. A design error often means that each released version of this device may malfunction. Labeling errors involve inadequate instructions or failure to warn consumers of potential hazards and the safe use of the device.
Manufacturing errors include errors made during the production of the medical device. These errors may involve one or more medical devices that end up being faulty. Deterioration errors can occur when a medical device is created without considering the parts that could deteriorate. This may overlap with inadequate instructions for proper maintenance and warnings about potential deterioration.
Device failures include complete device failures, device accessory failures, and random component failures. When a certain part of the device fails, patients can suffer. Packaging issues can damage medical devices during the shipping process. This can lead healthcare professionals to use devices that they may not realize are faulty or broken.
How to file a lawsuit for a defective medical device
You could sue for a defective medical device by filing a product liability claim if a medical device caused you harm. This harm can take the form of physical injury or psychological harm. If the error related to the medical device prevented the improvement of your medical condition and this resulted in harm, you could be in the presence of medical malpractice.
The three types of product defects you can sue for include design defects, manufacturing defects, and marketing defects. Design flaws exist in the blueprint and in each version of the medical device. Manufacturing defects may only exist in one or a few versions of the medical device as they occur during mass production. Marketing defects involve errors in labeling and instructions.
Consider contacting a Jackson medical malpractice attorney if you are unsure whether to bring a product liability or malpractice suit. A lawyer can point you in the right direction.
Jackson Medical Devices Lawyer
Facing a product manufacturing company can be daunting. Get started by contacting the German law firm, PLLC at (601) 487-0555 today to speak with a Mississippi defective products attorney for a consultation. Our experienced lawyers are ready to explore your compensation options to cover the damages you have suffered from a defective medical device. We serve customers in Jackson, Madison, Gulfport, Oxford and other Mississippi cities.