Legal Claims For Defective Medical Device Injuries

Medical products, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, harm countless people every year. Medical devices, likewise, are the subject of numerous recalls and have a long history of injuring and even killing consumers. If you have been injured by a defective medical device or product, you may be entitled to compensation.

At the Miami defective medical devices law firm of Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A., our skilled product liability lawyers have the experience, skill and resources to hold manufacturers liable for the damage they cause. We have decades of experience helping victims of negligence obtain fair compensation. For a free consultation, call 305-662-6178.

If you have suffered a serious injury, we can help you. Our firm has obtained verdicts and settlements in excess of $20 million for our clients.

The Makers Of Medical Devices

A recent study revealed that 3,510 medical devices were recalled from 2005 to 2009. Of those, 113 were determined to pose a threat of serious health problems or death. Those devices had been implanted in thousands of patients all over the nation. They had all been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Only after patients began to suffer did the FDA compel manufacturers to remove them from the market.

Many people are under the impression that a medical device must be safe or it would not be used on patients. That is simply not the case. Medical device manufacturers have received FDA approval for countless devices that ended up causing serious harm. Any type of medical device could be the source of an injury, illness or death, including:

  • Heart devices such as pacemakers/defibrillators, stents, artificial valves and other cardiac devices
  • Radiological devices
  • Artificial joints, including hip implants and knee replacements
  • Respiratory devices
  • Surgical mesh

Zofran (ondansetron)

Expectant mothers typically face an array of emotions ranging from sheer bliss to nervous anticipation about the health of the baby. Unfortunately, pregnancy is often accompanied by morning sickness, which can cause nausea, malaise and vomiting.

Zofran (ondansetron) is a drug approved by the FDA to treat nausea and vomiting. However, it was approved only for nausea associated with surgery and chemotherapy. Still, the powerful drug has been prescribed off-label to expectant mothers to ease similar symptoms. This off-label use may have been inappropriately promoted by Zofran’s manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

The off-label use of Zofran is under ongoing investigation for causing dangerous birth defects, including cleft palate, cleft lip and heart malformations. Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A., is investigating cases to determine if Zofran caused these and other serious birth defects.

If you or someone you know took Zofran while pregnant and had a baby born with a serious birth defect, contact our office for a free consultation. We are accepting cases regarding this issue and investigating how Zofran is causing birth injuries.

Contact Our Defective Medical Device Lawyers Today

Drug companies and medical device makers may face thousands of lawsuits a year. To protect your interests, it is important to choose a law firm with a strong record of verdicts and settlements in product liability cases. Our firm is able to take on even the largest manufacturers and hold them accountable for the harm they have caused our clients. To discuss your concerns with a dedicated and talented Florida defective medical device litigation attorney, call us at 305-662-6178 or contact us online as soon as possible.