Defective medical equipment can lead to serious complications

Going to the hospital for surgery can be a very frightening and stressful experience, whether your procedure is relatively simple and routine or very complex. People can be nervous about complications and worry about whether a procedure will actually make them feel better.

Thankfully, many operations go smoothly and patients leave the hospital feeling better and in better health. However, even if everything goes as planned and there are no complications, patients can still suffer serious consequences if they are the victims of a defective medical product.

Medical products are more sophisticated and available than ever before. When they work as expected, they can allow patients to enjoy a better quality of life. However, there are too many products that are found to be defective and actually do more harm than good.

Many surgical products are made to be implanted in patients; sadly, they can break down or fail unexpectedly causing serious health problems.

For instance, one woman filed a lawsuit recently alleging that a defective urethral sling was implanted in her to treat a couple different issues like pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The sling is supposed to reposition a person’s urethra and help with urine retention.

Instead, however, she claims that the sling eroded after implantation and she suffered significant amounts of pain, both physically and mentally. The problems she experienced are unfortunately not uncommon, as these products have been known to cause considerable complications when they fail.

Patients and their families can suffer enormously when the medical devices and products that are supposed to treat certain conditions fail to work properly. Not only can these products fail to work properly, they can lead to other complications because they are implanted in a person’s body. Infections, internal bleeding and worsening original symptoms can be linked to medical devices like defective bladder slings.

If you have experienced serious health complications as a result of a product defective in the design, manufacture or use, you may be eligible for compensation. The money awarded for these claims can go toward your medical bills and lost wages and compensate you for the pain and suffering you and/or your loved ones have experienced.