Two hip systems that patients in West Virginia may be using have been the subjects of several product liability claims due to their defects. Both of these defective medical devices, the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System, are metal-on-metal systems that have reportedly caused a wide range of health problems in patients. They have been linked to broken or dislocated hips, thyroid issues, kidney problems and heart and nerve issues.
Recalls involving medical devices used by patients in West Virginia and other states have increased recently. A new report indicated that recall activity associated with defective medical devices rose by a whopping 38 percent during the second quarter of this year. This makes 2016's second quarter a tie for the highest quarter since the third quarter of 2014.
In West Virginia and elsewhere, medical devices are designed to improve a patient's medical condition. However, a faulty medical device can do the opposite, causing severe injuries or even death. In this case, the maker of the medical device may be held responsible.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, the recalls of medical devices have been on the rise in recent years. Back in 2006, 4,500 deaths were linked to the use of medical devices. One of the biggest reasons for defective medical devices today -- a problem that affects patients in West Virginia and other states -- is design problems.
Recalls of medical devices throughout the United States, including in West Virginia, recently dropped to the lowest number since 2013. In the first quarter of 2016, the number of recalled defective medical devices fell by about 30 percent from the quarterly average over a two-year period. It is challenging to pinpoint exactly why recall activity might be lower in some quarters versus others.
West Virginia residents may be impacted by a recent medical device recall issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA had to recall more than 1,000 portable oxygen devices made by OxySure Therapeutics Inc., specifically the 615 Model. These defective medical devices were found to ineffectively deliver oxygen, and they were also found to have problems with chemical reactions in the canisters, which could result in explosions.
As most West Virginia residents know, there is always some level of risk associated with any surgery and the use of any medical device. However, it is crucial that patients be warned of these risks prior to undergoing surgery for the placement of a medical device. According to reports, a man from another state has recently learned first-hand the damage that defective medical devices can cause. As a result, he has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of the device.
West Virginia residents may be interested in hearing about a man from another state who is currently seeking monetary damages via a lawsuit that he has filed against a medical device company as well as his landlord. Apparently, the plaintiff is alleging that aged wiring and too few circuit breakers resulted in the malfunctioning of his oxygen tanks. As a result, the defective medical devices caught fire and exploded, which resulted in irreversible injuries for the man.
Medical patients in West Virginia take a risk when choosing where and from whom to seek medical care. Doctors and other medical staff are obligated to act according to the highest level of patient safety standards possible. However, defective medical devices sometimes cause injuries to patients no matter how careful and diligent medical staff members may be.