The people of Kalamazoo, Michigan, enjoy world-class healthcare, from top-notch facilities and healthcare providers to cutting-edge pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The healthcare system and the resources being utilized function most ideally when trust is established between the healthcare service providers and beneficiaries.
There are instances that can occur, however, that threaten to break established trust in the Michigan health system. One such instance includes when a patient or individual is harmed or faces pain and suffering as a result of a defective medical device.
Whether the device was defective due to negligence or recklessness during the design, manufacturing, distribution, or implementation process, a lawyer from Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC can help hold the appropriate parties accountable in order to restore trust in the Kalamazoo health system. Our firm has years of experience fighting for clients who have been harmed by defective medical devices, and we can bring our knowledge, experience, and dedication to your case.
In the United States, medical devices are classified under three main categories by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. It’s important to note that any item for sale that will be produced, imported, or repackaged in the country must adhere to FDA standards.
All medical devices, whether they are thermometers, glucose meters, or ventilators, must be classified under the FDA. The three FDA classifications are as follows:
It’s important to note that even though the FDA is facilitating the approval and classification process of medical devices, they are not responsible for ensuring that the product is manufactured, distributed, and implemented correctly. The responsibility for the medical device’s safety should fall on the product manufacturer.
As mentioned previously, the FDA is not the responsible authority for any damages that may happen as a result of a defective medical device in Michigan. During the FDA approval process, large medical device firms may choose to withhold critical information about their medical products, which can result in the introduction of such products into the healthcare system despite their high risk.
Therefore, the manufacturer of the medical device must adequately communicate with patients, medical service providers, and other users of their medical device all known risks, hazards, and side effects. Should the manufacturer fail to do so, harmed users may be eligible to file claims against them. An experienced Kalamazoo personal injury lawyer can help determine whether the case is strong enough to file a claim.
In the state of Michigan, the cost of a defective medical device lawyer can vary depending on the details of each case, including the damages incurred, the level of experience that the lawyer has, and where they are located. Because many personal injury lawyers work based on contingency fees, many individuals will not be charged unless they win the case. If the case is successful, the lawyer will take an agreed-upon percentage of the compensation won.
A class-action lawsuit is a kind of claim that can be made by many individuals who experienced harm from the same defective medical device. In Michigan, it is possible to file such claims; however, it is recommended to work with a personal injury lawyer who has experience with existing cases that are similar to yours. They can help advise you on the most optimal way to pursue compensation for damages.
If you are currently dealing with physical or emotional harm as a result of a Michigan defective medical device, it is important to look after your health immediately. Seek medical care from a doctor to ensure that you are not in imminent danger. Be sure to keep notes and documents of your injuries and the treatment that you receive, as well as any information related to the purchasing and use of the device. A personal injury lawyer can then help you determine if you have a strong case.
It is difficult to predict how long a defective medical device case may last in Michigan; however, it’s important to know that the length of time will depend on the complexity of the case, the number of victims involved, as well as other factors. A typical case in Michigan can be resolved in a couple of months to up to three years. A personal injury lawyer can give you a more accurate timeline based on the details of your case.
Being the victim of a defective medical device can be extremely challenging physically, emotionally, and financially. While our legal team at Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC, cannot undo what has happened to you, we can help you strive for justice by fighting for economic compensation for your pain and suffering and holding the right people accountable.
Fighting for justice contributes to holding medical device companies and healthcare facilities to high standards, which is what fosters high-quality healthcare in our great city. To learn more about how you can restore justice for yourself or a loved one after harm due to a defective medical device, you can speak with a member of our legal team today.
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