Holding Medical Companies Liable for Injuries

Medical device manufacturers have a responsibility to provide safe products. While there is always a certain amount of risk, it’s vital that these are disclosed in advance for alerting potential patients about the possible dangers. Medical companies can be held liable for any damage or injuries caused by their products to unsuspecting patients. 

The capable and resourceful legal team at The Alvarez Law Firm has years of experience in representing victims of personal injury suffered because of the negligence, carelessness, or recklessness of another. We have a record of obtaining large verdicts for injured victims nationwide because of our extensive knowledge in product liability law. We can guide and assist you every step of the way through the legal process for making a successful defective medical device claim and getting the justice and financial compensation you deserve for your damages and losses.

How Does Florida Law Define a Defective Medical Device?

Medical devices are essentially used for treating a disability, disease, injury, or illness. These include instruments, implements, apparatus, and machines for:

  • Diagnosing or treating a condition or disease, or
  • Affecting the function or structure of the body without chemical action

According to the law in Florida, medical devices that pose an unreasonable danger to patients because of the following reasons may be considered defective:

  • Manufacturing defect: This refers to mistakes made during the manufacturing process, which may or may not affect all devices.
  • Design defect: This points to an inherent design flaw that makes the overall product unsafe.
  • Failure to warn: This means that consumers were not provided with adequate instruction or warning to make the product safe.

Strict liability is not involved in all defective medical device claims, which means in many cases, the burden of proof is on the injured victim to prove the negligent party’s liability. Injured patients in Florida have the legal option of pursuing a claim for compensation in case the manufacturer was negligent. 

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Typical Defective Medical Devices in Florida

Any type of medical device has the potential to cause injury or death. However, these are a few common medical devices that have been involved in product liability lawsuits in Florida:

  • Implanted insulin pumps
  • Surgical mesh
  • Defibrillators
  • Knee replacement implants
  • Metal-on-metal hip replacements
  • Breast implants
  • Ventilators
  • Heart stents
  • IVC filters
  • Heart valves
  • Pacemakers
  • Spinal stimulators

Consequences of a Defective Medical Device

Dangerous or defective medical devices can have life-altering consequences for injured patients in Florida. You may face everything from intense pain to catastrophic injuries, permanent impairment, revision surgery, and wrongful death. In the case of metal-on-metal hip implants, patients have suffered from metal poisoning linked to neurological disorders and cancer. There have also been instances of bone damage.

Transvaginal mesh has been known to cause organ perforation and infection. Patients are usually left with no other option but to undergo revision surgery if a defective medical device is implanted. 

What is My Defective Medical Device Case Worth in Florida?

There are several factors that play a role in determining the value of a defective medical device lawsuit in Florida:

  • Type of defect
  • Severity of injuries
  • Whether the case qualifies for a class action
  • Negligence or strict liability
  • Impact of injuries on the long-term quality of life, ability to work, and overall health

Types of Financial Damages You Can Claim

The types of damages available in Florida will depend on the unique circumstances of your case. For a defective medical device injury, you may be able to claim damages for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Nursing care costs
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost income and wages
  • Disability

The Alvarez Law Firm can help you with a free case evaluation so that you can make an informed decision. 

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Filing a Defective Medical Device Claim in Florida

There are several parties that may be held liable for sharing the financial liability for your injuries. This can be the manufacturer of the defective medical device, designer, retailer, and distributor. Often, product liability lawsuits overlap medical malpractice claims. In these types of circumstances, you may also be able to hold the hospital, physician, clinic, or any other involved healthcare provider responsible for your injuries. 

Florida law limits the time available to file a defective medical device lawsuit. The statute of limitations is four years, following which you will lose the legal right to bring a claim. The clock starts ticking from the day of your injury or the time you should have reasonably known about the injury. These product liability lawsuits are highly complex and involve various components. 

You shouldn’t wait too long to get started, or you may lose the ability to file a claim. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to ascertain the exact date when the statute of limitations begins and ends. Consult with a skilled attorney from The Alvarez Law Firm without hesitation to learn more. 

Our Capable and Dedicated Product Liability Lawyers are Ready to Fight for You

If you or someone you love has been injured because of a defective medical device in Florida, the attorneys at The Alvarez Law Firm can help you. You may be entitled to compensation if you suffered serious injury and damages. We have decades of combined experience in helping victims like you obtain their rightful compensation from large medical device manufacturing firms and distributors. 

The competent and knowledgeable defective medical equipment attorneys at The Alvarez Law Firm know the true value of a case and have the necessary resources and commitment to take the case to its logical conclusion. We offer free initial case evaluation for all defective medical device cases in Florida. Do not wait, because the statute of limitations may run out. To set up your free initial consultation, contact us online or call our office at 305-444-7675.

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