Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Maryland: Medical Devices Are Big Business in the U.S.

Many people rely on medical devices to maintain the best quality of life possible. Particularly in the U.S., as the Baby Boomer generation ages, the need for medical devices such as programmable pacemakers, mechanical hips and knees, and other products is growing rapidly.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) monitors medical devices manufactured by pharmaceutical and medical/dental device manufacturers for safety and effectiveness. A quick look at the 2012 recalls of medical devices by the FDA reveals a wide variety of malfunctioning products from adult tracheostomy tubes to infusion pumps to ceramic hip systems.

For example, you might wonder what the FDA could find harmful about a simple, battery-powered toothbrush. Well, be aware that parts can pop off of adult-sized brushes and cause serious injury, including:

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Cuts to the mouth and gums
  • Injury to the face and eyes

Individuals can also swallow and choke on broken pieces.

It is important to remember that medical device companies invest billions of dollars to develop a wide range of appliances and devices that help many people. However, these companies are also big businesses that must perform for stakeholders and Wall Street to remain viable.

The FDA is vigilant and provides American consumers with a level of protection that may not be matched anywhere else in the world. Yet, some devices can slip through the FDA’s purview and get to market. If you are the victim of a poorly designed device or a bad product that actually causes harm or injury, you should contact an experienced Maryland medical malpractice attorney. A brief conversation with a lawyer can help determine if you have any legal recourse against the medical device manufacturer. Contact the medical malpractice attorneys in Maryland at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. if you have a claim concerning a defective medical device.