Saunders & Walker specializes in filing lawsuits on behalf of people injured by flawed medical devices. We currently have a large number of medical device and drug lawsuits pending in both federal and state courts. Medical device lawsuits can be individual cases, coordination of individual cases in multidistrict litigation or medical class action lawsuits. Read through our list of current cases and open investigations. These cases cover everything from defective IVC blood filters and Essure birth control implants to hip and knee implant failures.
It’s estimated that about 300,000 patients have been fitted with IVC blood filter devices from Bard, Cordis, and Cook Medical over the past 30 years. Patients and their families who believe they suffered injuries from the devices are now fighting back by filing lawsuits against the manufacturer.
DePuy Attune Knee Implants have shown a high failure rate as a result of a glue failure that causes the tibial baseplate to come loose. DePuy still has not admitted the problem or issued a recall. Lawsuits in these cases are just starting to be filed. A DePuy Attune knee implant failure requires surgery to replace the device.
ENCORE METAL ON METAL HIP IMPLANT FAILURES
The metal on metal design of the Encore hip manufactured by DJO Orthopedics has resulted in failures of the implants from metallosis requiring revision surgeries to replace the implants.
Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson, removed a popular hernia repair product, Ethicon Physiomesh, from the market after it was found to cause severe side effects and surgical revisions. This mesh was recalled in May of 2016. The design of the mesh prevents tissue ingrowth and allows the mesh to move and allows reoccurrence of the hernia.
These machines used in operating rooms to control the temperature of open-heart surgery patients have circulating water that can be contaminated by non tuberculous mycobacterium, NTM. This bacteria can cause serious illness and death and is very difficult to treat. Lawsuits are just beginning to be filed in these cases.
BAIR HUGGER SURGICAL BODY WARMING DEVICE INFECTIONS
The Bair Hugger is a forced air warming blanket system that is used in surgeries for hip and knee implants. It can contaminate the air in the operating room allowing bacteria to colonize and infect the device that is being implanted. There are hundreds of pending lawsuits by patients that suffered severe surgical infections.
Renewed attention has been focused on bioprosthetic valves manufactured by Milan-based Sorin. Previous studies indicated that the Sorin Mitroflow pericardial valve, which is used to replace damaged or diseased heart valves, had a higher than normal rate of failure. These defects have led to additional heart surgeries and death.
The Essure contraceptive device has injured thousands of women since it was approved by the FDA in 2001. Over 15,000 adverse events have been reported through the FDA reporting process. FDA reported injuries include perforations of the fallopian tubes, pain, heavy bleeding, fatigue, hair loss, and even death. Many patients have needed surgery to remove the Essure device.
Stryker Orthopaedics has recalled two devices that are used with hip implant devices in patients undergoing hip replacement surgery. This recall comes on the heels of multiple reports of problems or adverse events related to complications or defects with both the Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Neck Stem, as well as the Stryker ABG II Modular Neck Stem. Patients have reported tissue swelling and pain related to both hip implant components. The Stryker LFIT 40 and the accolade stem failures are a part to these Stryker failures.
Although only on the market for less than one month, from March 31, 2015 through April 20, 2015, the FDA announced that a Class 1 Recall is in effect as of June 8, 2015, for Zimmer’s M/L Taper with Kinectiv® Technology. A Class 1 recall is the most urgent classified by the FDA.
GranuFlo is a dry acid component of the blood cleansing mixture that is used by many commercial hemodialysis clinics. Dialysis is a process for cleaning the blood and eliminating the waste from the blood of people who have renal failure. Renal failure is the failure of the kidneys to clean the blood to eliminate waste from the blood.
The Johnson & Johnson Depuy ASR artificial hip implant has been recalled due to adverse event reports of over 30%. The metal on metal design of these products causes a metal poisoning called metallosis that results in failure of the implants.
DePuy has paid hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and is still paying on these cases. The DePuy Pinnacle metal on metal implant is also failing at a high rate and DePuy is still fighting those cases. Patients with these hip failures have generally had to have additional surgeries called revision surgeries to have the implant removed and replaced.
Saunders & Walker P.A. has filed a number of federal lawsuits against Biomet Orthopedics, LLC and Biomet Inc. regarding defective metal on metal Biomet M2-a Magnum hip replacement systems. There have been numerous adverse event reports involving metallosis and metal poisoning associated with this hip system.
The Smith & Nephew R3 hip implant that was recalled in 2012 is an implant which has a metal liner in the acetabular cup that interfaces with a metal ball. This hip implant is similar in design to the Zimmer Durom Cup and the DePuy ASR that were also recalled, in that they all have a metal on metal articulation. The R3 is even more similar to the DePuy Pinnacle Ultamet, which is also a metal liner in the acetabular cup.
Wright Medical Technology has had a long history of sudden failures of its profemur hip implant stems. The sudden breakage of these devices requires immediate emergency room treatment and replacement of the hip devices. Wright has had failures with both the titanium and later the chromium cobalt alloy stems.
An FDA study a few years ago revealed that that transvaginal mesh implants used in female surgeries for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), may cause permanent injury to women rather than benefiting them. There have been over 100,000 federal lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of these products and hundreds of millions paid in settlements. The manufacturers of TVM, tranvaginal mesh, are Ethicon, Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems, Bard, Covidien, and Coloplast.
The FDA has expanded its recall of the hernia mesh patch designed by Dr. Robert D. Kugel and manufactured by Davol, Inc. (a subsidiary of C.R. Bard). The FDA sent a letter to health care professionals and distributors on January 10, 2007, notifying them of an expansion of the recall. The lawsuits over these products have almost all been settled.
The implantable hip device is manufactured by Zimmer Holdings. The Zimmer hip has received complaints from surgeons and patients who state that the design is flawed, causing many patients to undergo revision hip surgery. The primary problem with the Zimmer Durom was that the cup did not properly bond with the pelvic bone causing the cups to come loose. The Zimmer Durom was also a metal on metal hip that had the metalosis failures common with that now discredited design.
Stryker Corporation has issued a temporary recall of its Trident PSL and Trident Hemispherical Acetabular Cups used in hip replacement surgery. The recall was issued one week after the US FDA issued a warning letter about defects in the manufacturing processes at its Mahwah, New Jersey plant.
Medtronic reported that, as of October 4, 2007, there were approximately 268,000 Sprint Fidelis leads implanted worldwide, including 172,000 in the United States. Of the 268,000, about 235,000 patients still have the leads. Medtronic revealed that lead fractures may have been a possible or likely contributing factor in five patient deaths.
Every medical procedure carries with it a certain risk of complications. Unfortunately, some medical devices suffer from an above average failure rate. When patients are harmed unnecessarily because of a device that was improperly tested or improperly labeled, they have the right to sue the manufacturer. Many medical device consumers consider these cases class action lawsuits, but in current modern legal practice these are really individual lawsuits that are coordinated together for specific products by the federal courts for pretrial management. Saunders and Walker files both individual cases and class action lawsuits.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, has limited financial resources and sometimes politics with limit their ability to strictly regulate the medical device industry. The medical device industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars to lobby politicians to limit the FDA’s ability to regulate. Therefore, it is usually left up to the medical device industry to ensure their products are safe. Essentially, it is an honor system for the product manufacturers to self-report if their products are injuring people. All too often, manufacturers shirk their duty; they fail to maintain rigorous safety standards. Inadequate testing, improper marketing, delayed recalls, and other forms of negligence can lead to serious defects and device failure. The results are devastating for medical patients and their families. That’s because defective medical devices often cause permanent injuries and even death.
If you’ve been injured by a defective device, or if you’ve had to undergo additional surgery as a result of a bad medical device, you should seek the help of a defective medical device lawyer at Saunders & Walker. We usually file lawsuits as individual cases, but our attorneys have extensive experience as class action lawyers, having filed class action lawsuits against medical manufacturers in both local and federal court. Our current cases are listed below.