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Possible defective product claims on knee surgery device

Medical devices and other medical products help many people who are not well. Fortunately, medical devices help many Americans, including in Montana. Unfortunately, not all medical devices can be a solution to a health problem. If the device doesn't do what it is supposed to do, it may lead to a products liability lawsuit. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, certain recalled devices for knee surgery from the medical device manufacturer Stryker, Inc. have a reasonable probability to cause serious harm.

The FDA has classified the voluntarily recalled product as a Class 1 recall, a category reserved for the most dangerous products. The company advised U.S. surgeons to stop ordering and using the product following a recall last January. The medical device company received complaints about the product right after it was released into the market. The device, according to the company, may not have been manufactured properly and may cause the knee not to function correctly.

This is not the first issue with Stryker's medical products. The FDA said that two of the company's medical products have now triggered death and injury reports. Another device was recalled last year after one patient died and another patient was injured.

Medical devices are created to improve the patient's life, not to cause additional health issues. Montana residents should be aware that a medical device's reliability can ease discomfort and allow the patient to avoid disability. Many people assume that medical devices undergo complex and rigorous safety and quality analyses before they are introduced into the market. The company's inability to foresee the risks associated with its products is a form of negligence.

There are damages that arise from defective medical devices for which there can be no compensation; however, the compensation that may be available can help the victim and the victim's family ease their financial burden when it comes to medical expenses and lost opportunities. Compensation may be possible when an unreliable medical product causes harm or death to the patient. The victim and the victim's family may be eligible to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit to receive compensation for their negative experience.

Source: Fox Business, "FDA Says Recalled Stryker Knee Surgery Devices May Cause Serious Problems," Kristin Jones, April 10, 2013

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