Who is Liable for Defective Drugs or Medical Devices?

If you use medical devices or prescription drugs, you expect them to improve or maintain your well-being. You also trust doctors and product manufacturers to give you proper treatment and alert you of potential risks of using particular products or drugs. A breach of that trust can lead to injury or death. On top of worrying about the damage done to your body, you can suffer lost wages, more medical costs, and the loss of your quality of life. Seeking proper compensation while recovering can be grueling and tedious, so talk to an experienced attorney at the John Mobley Law Firm today.

Medical devices and drugs may be defective for a variety of reasons. When manufacturers do not use proper safety and testing protocols beforehand, or if a design flaw surfaces later, they may be liable for damages. Counterfeit or non-FDA-approved products also risk serious injury, illness or death.

If doctors implant something incorrectly, do not give proper instruction for use, or fail to warn patients of potential risks, they could be held liable in a medical malpractice case. If a product is damaged under the supervision of hospitals, clinics or pharmacies, they might be responsible for injury caused to a patient.

Sometimes, the adverse effects of defective drugs or medical devices do not show immediately. It can take months or even years for damage or side effects to show up. Even then, you may not recognize the connection between the product and the injury. Many jurisdictions also place a two-year statute of limitations to report the defect once the connection has been made.

If you have questions or concerns about a defective drug or medical device, contact the John Mobley Law Firm today for a free consultation.