In an era where the opioid epidemic is ravaging the country, many people are looking for an alternative to being on pain medications when they have crippling pain. For many, the answer had been getting a spinal cord stimulator, a device that can stop the pain signals from reaching a person’s brain. Many people have avoided taking the pain meds that have led so many people to addiction.
However, according to the Food and Drug Administration, these devices rank third in reported injuries for all medical devices since 2008. The only two devices that had more reported injuries were metal hip replacements and insulin pump devices.
The injuries associated with spinal cord stimulators range from nerve damage and muscle weakness being shocked and burned. Some have even been paralyzed by them. Since 2008, nearly 80,000 people have reported being injured by a spinal cord stimulator.
At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmuskin, P.C., we know that medical devices are just one kind of product that can cause harm to consumers. If you need a Philadelphia product liability attorney, contact us today.
What Can Happen?
When it comes to medical devices like the spinal cord stimulators, these are considered class III devices – high-risk devices. They are implantable and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves them before they are allowed to hit the market. They only do so after what is supposed to be rigorous testing. Unfortunately, it seems like there needs to be more testing.
Medical devices are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to faulty products. Looking at the government website that tracks current recalls, we can see that there are currently hundreds of products on the market that have one of the following problems:
- They are poorly designed from the beginning and somehow make it through testing. This can lead to massive recalls and the problems are not always discovered right away.
- They experience a manufacturing defect that alters them from their original design, making them unsafe for consumers.
- They are not labeled correctly. This can mean they display incorrect dosages, leave off ingredients, have improper instructions, or do not warn consumers of hazards the products pose.
What Are Your Options
We know that you did not expect to be harmed by something you used or consumed. At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmuskin, P.C., we want to help you if you suspect a faulty product caused you or your loved ones harm. These cases can become very complex and most major companies have teams of lawyers to protect them from liability in these cases.
That does not mean you should not pursue them.
Our qualified and experienced team will work tirelessly to secure compensation for your injuries. This can include:
- Coverage of medical expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Lost income and benefits
- Punitive damages