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Faulty medical device may be to blame for permanent injuries

For West Virginia patients that are in significant pain, a pain pump may be inserted. Essentially, one would expect it to help them make a faster recovery with much less pain. However, pain pumps, like other things, can be installed improperly or can malfunction after insertion. In some cases, a faulty medical device can result in disabling injuries.

A man was admitted into a hospital in May 2012 due to pain in his spinal area. A pain pump was implanted along with a spinal catheter. This was to help relieve the pain that he was experiencing in his spine by transmitting pain medication.

In September of the same year, the pain pump supposedly malfunctioned. When this happened, the medication stopped being transmitted to the man's spine. Apparently, the catheter had broken, which required a surgery to be removed. Due to the malfunctioning of the pain pump, the man suffered injuries that will leave him permanently disabled.

Whether one has had a pain pump inserted somewhere in their body following a surgery or to otherwise help relieve uncontrollable pain, if that pump fails and causes injury, one may have a legal right to pursue action in a West Virginia civil court. A successful claim may be able to provide a monetary award to the victim for the pain and suffering that they have gone through as well as medical expenses, future medical care and other associated costs. At the same time, it may be necessary to assess the viability of pursuing a separate claim against the manufacturer of the pain pump -- and/or others in the supply chain -- in an attempt to hold them accountable for producing a faulty medical device that led to the harm of a consumer.

Source: The Madison-St.Clair Record, "Medtronic, Anderson Hospital sued over pain pump malfunction", , Sept. 17, 2014

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