One type of medical device that is becoming increasingly common here in the U.S. are joint replacement devices. According to a recent study, around 7 million Americans have either a knee replacement or a hip replacement. This works out to over 2 percent of the country’s population. It is anticipated that this number will continue to rise.
A likely contributor to the growing popularity of joint replacement devices is the success that such devices have shown at helping with certain types of joint pain. Many people suffer from joint pain and such pain can impact a person’s life significantly. Knee and hip replacements have led to significant quality of life improvements for some joint pain sufferers.
One hopes that, as the use of hip and knee replacements becomes more and more common, manufacturers of such medical devices will do everything they can to ensure that the devices they produce are free of faults. For, just as a properly working joint replacement device can be a very helpful thing, a defective one can be very harmful. Life-changing injuries can occur when a joint replacement device implanted in a person contains defects.
Individuals who have been hurt due to a defect in a hip or knee replacement may be able to pursue a product liability lawsuit against the device’s manufacturer. Such lawsuits are one of the ways that victims of harmful medical device defects can seek relief for the harm done to them. Medical device product liability cases are generally very complex; thus, putting together a strong case often requires in-depth research and careful investigative efforts. Consequently, having the help, advice and support of an experienced product liability attorney can be important for individuals pursuing a product liability claim in relation to a medical device.
Source: The Big Story, “Study: 2 percent of Americans have new hips, knees,” Marilynn Marchione, March 11, 2014