Medical Products Liability Posts in October, 2013

Medical Device Standards Severely Lacking

There are tens of millions of patients in the United States living every day with the help of medical devices. Running the gamut from heart defibrillators to surgical mesh and artificial joints, the foundation of all these creations is that they were designed to make a patient’s life easier. Sadly, however, a lack of standardization across their design and testing has negative impacts when patients and doctors find out too late that these items are defective....
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What is Metallosis?

Metallosis is a side effect experienced by some individuals who have metal on metal hip replacements. It results from metal corrosion and release of wear debris from the device into the body of the patient. For the patients who underwent surgery to receive metal hip replacements, what they hoped would make their lives easier could actually end in pain, suffering, and a defective medical device lawsuit....
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New Study: Over 250,000 Patients Die from Hospital Mistakes Each Year

A new study published in the Journal of Patient Safety has concluded that the number of patients who die from medical mistakes in hospitals is significantly higher than past studies have revealed. In 1999, a report titled “To Err is Human,” which was published by the Institute of Medicine, put that number at 98,000. At the time the report was published, the medical community balked that number but in time accepted it as factual....
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Consumer Advocacy Group Wants Warranties on Medical Devices

The business of hip and knee implants is growing.  It’s not just baby boomers who need these implants, but the under 65 market is expanding as well.  Estimates are that by 2030 when 4 million replacements will be put in, half of all patients will be under 65.  Since people are getting replacements at a younger age, they will have th...
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The Adverse Effects of Defensive Medicine

Doctors spend years studying medicine before they are allowed to make care decisions.  Even once they receive their doctoral degrees, they work underneath doctors with tenure and on the job experience.  Yet the fear of lawsuits makes most doctors practice defensive medicine.  That means that instead of focusing on helping a patient, these doctors are practice medicine to avoid legal action....
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  • Newland & Newland LLP, Attorneys, Arlington Heights, IL