Medical devices are intended to work properly, making a person’s live easier instead of harder. But that is not always the case. When medical products are designed or manufactured improperly, it can result in serious injuries or even death to patients or consumers.
Typically, these faulty metal devices are recalled as soon it is determined that they pose a risk, but sometimes it is too late and victims have already been harmed. In these cases, victims may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer of the defective medical device.
In one example of this, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson is facing multiple personal injury lawsuits over faulty hip replacements. The metal-on-metal devices left many people injured because particles of metal debris can flake off when the ball and joint scrape against each other.
In what could be a similar situation for the company, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced a recall of an orthopedic device manufactured by the same Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. The device is used in reconstructive knee surgeries and has been recalled because of a risk of fractures.
The product, called LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve, was manufactured by Depuy, J&J’s orthopedic unit. The FDA said it has received 10 reports of the product malfunctioning. The FDA said the malfunction can be serious as a fracture in the sleeve at the joint of the device can result in loss of function or loss of limb, infection, compromised soft tissue or even death.
The device was produced from 2008 to July 20, 2012. Anyone who has received the implanted knee device and is experiencing questionable symptoms should consult their doctor right away. The FDA said Depuy is not recommending those who have received the implants but are not experiencing symptoms to seek treatment.
It is entirely possible that this latest medical device recall could lead to many more lawsuits against J&J and its subsidiary.
Source: Reuters, “FDA recalls J&J’s orthopedic device because of fracture potential,” Feb. 22, 2013