September 30th, 2013

Who is liable for a faulty medical device implant?

Increasingly, doctors and surgeons are using medical devices and implants. However, such products may be defectively designed or defectively manufactured, and therefore lead to catastrophic failure. In situations when a medical device or implant fails, the patient may be required to undergo extensive medical treatment including surgeries. In some cases, patients may die due to defective, faulty medical devices and implants.

The parties liable in a medical device/implant failure case often include the following:

  • device manufacturer,
  • component part manufacturer, and
  • distributor.

In many cases of a failed medical device, the medical doctor or surgeon who used/implanted the device will probably be joined as a party. Medical device manufacturers often turn around and point fingers or sue the original medical doctor, claiming that the doctor failed to implant or use the device correctly.

Liability or fault in a defective medical device case will require determining the exact make and model. This often requires obtaining all relevant medical records, product descriptions/instructions, etc.


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