The Need for Medical Device Lawyers
Medical device lawsuits are more common than ever before. That’s because there are more defective medical devices on the market than at any time in the past—and legal action by a product liability lawyer experienced with medical device injuries is often necessary before a dangerous device is pulled from the market.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective medical device, the Roach Law Firm’s defective medical device lawyers will help you win the compensation you deserve.
Major Medical Device Lawsuits, Bans, and Recalls
See below for a list of common medical device lawsuits, along with information on medical device recalls and bans.
- Port-a-Cath and Other Catheter Lawsuits
Port-a-Caths are catheter devices that are implanted or inserted under the skin of patients who need regular blood draws, chemotherapy, or other intravenous medications. Also known as TIVADs, PICCs, or chemo ports, these devices can be convenient and lifesaving for many people. Unfortunately, they can also cause chronic pain, infections, sepsis, pulmonary embolisms, and other serious health problems. Port-a-Cath lawsuits are on the rise, and juries are awarding some victims millions of dollars.
- Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Also known as a vaginal mesh implant, transvaginal mesh is a net-like surgical device used to treat pelvic prolapse and urinary incontinence in women. Over the past 10 years, 1 in 15 transvaginal mesh patients has required mesh removal due to complications like mesh erosion, chronic pain, pelvic infections, and more. Transvaginal mesh was banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2019 due to these problems, and more than 100,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have since been filed by victims. Manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard, and Endo International have paid billions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts.
- Defective Hip Implant and Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawsuits
Hip implants are designed to replace a person’s hip socket, where the femur meets the pelvis. Often made of titanium, the implants are meant to fuse to the patient’s existing bones and last for decades, but they frequently fail and can cause chronic pain, metallosis, other health problems. Some of the most widely reported problems have occurred with the Rejuvenate, ABG II, and Tritanium Acetabular Shell hip implants made by the Michigan-based Stryker Corporation. Thousands of lawsuits against Stryker have been filed over the last decade, and the company has paid victims more than $1 billion in compensation to date. Serious defects have also been found in hip implants made by DePuy, Zimmer Biomet, Wright, and Smith & Nephew, some of which were known as metal-on-metal implants. Some of these companies are also facing knee replacement lawsuits in connection with similar defects and health problems.
- Mirena Lawsuits
Mirena is a hormonal intrauterine birth-control device (IUD) developed by Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Thousands of women have filed lawsuits against Bayer since 2012, arguing that the drug causes fluid buildup in the brain, breast cancer, and perforations of the uterus. The manufacturer has settled with roughly 5,000 plaintiffs for $12.2 million, but many other cases are still pending.
- Defective Pacemaker Lawsuits
Normally implanted in the shoulder, stomach, or chest, pacemakers are small devices that keep the heart beating in a proper rhythm. If a pacemaker fails, the patient can lose consciousness and may even die. Pacemaker failures can be caused by defects in the device, improper implantation, or interference by an outside force, like a magnetic security wand. For that reason, pacemaker lawsuits can vary widely in terms of their claims and who is sued.
- Talcum Powder Lawsuits
Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral made up of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. It absorbs moisture and helps prevent rashes, particularly in infants. It is also widely used in cosmetics and other consumer products. Talc sometimes contains asbestos, a fiber which is known to cause lung cancer and mesothelioma, a fatal respiratory condition, when inhaled. Some studies have also indicated that talcum powder containing asbestos can cause ovarian cancer in women.
Other Medical Device Lawsuits
Individuals concerned they may have been injured by a defective medical device should also be aware of the following:
- Breast implant lawsuits
- IVC filter lawsuits
- Da Vinci surgical robot lawsuits
- Bair Hugger lawsuits
- Hernia mesh lawsuits
- Defibrillator lawsuits
- Bard mesh lawsuits
- Power morcellator lawsuits
- GranuFlo lawsuits
- Medtronic lawsuits
- Gynecare lawsuits
- Pelvic mesh lawsuits
- NuvaRing lawsuits
- Boston Scientific lawsuits
- Ethicon lawsuits
- Novartis lawsuits
- Sandoz lawsuits
- Sanofi lawsuits
- Takeda lawsuits
What to Do If You or a Loved One Has Been Injured by a Defective Medical Device
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective medical device or product, it may be time to find a defective medical device lawyer. A lawyer experienced in product liability and defective medical devices will investigate your claim and help you gather all evidence necessary to move your case forward.
Our Record Speaks for Itself
The Roach Law Firm’s defective medical device lawyers have won judgments and reached settlements totaling billions of dollars over the years, for clients just like you. They have participated in the following landmark cases:
- $730 Million Truck Accident Verdict
In 2021, Roach Law Firm Partner Nelson J. Roach won $730 million in a case arising from a Texas truck accident, the fourth-largest jury verdict in the United States and third-largest in Texas that year. The case was filed by the family of East Texas resident Toni Combest, a 73-year-old great-grandmother who was killed in a collision with an oversize-cargo truck hauling a propeller for a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine.
- Lone Star Steel Litigation
Roach Law Firm Partner Nelson J. Roach represented thousands of steel workers at the Lone Star Steel Mill when they began to suffer from breathing problems and cancer. Roach successfully prosecuted the Lone Star Steel Litigation against some of the most skilled and expensive lawyers in the country for over a decade, ultimately winning $90 million for the plaintiffs.
- Red River Army Depot Litigation
When workers at the Red River Army Depot in Northeast Texas began to suffer from diseases caused by exposure to rubber products in the workplace, Roach Law Firm Partner Nelson J. Roach fought for their rights and recovered $47 million on their behalf.
- The State of Texas Tobacco Litigation
In 1995, Roach Law Firm Partner Nelson J. Roach and his former law firm were among a group selected by the State of Texas to prosecute the state’s claims against the tobacco industry. Roach and his team members won $17 billion for the state, setting a record for the largest settlement of a single legal case in U.S. history.
No Fees Unless You Win
The Roach Law Firm operates on a contingency basis, meaning we are paid only if we win your case. We charge no upfront fees for filing your defective medical device lawsuit, and we will not bill you for any expenses while it is pending.
If you or one of your loved ones have suffered a serious injury or death resulting from a defective medical device, call us at (903) 645-7333 or fill out the electronic form on this page. One of our defective medical device lawyers will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
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