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Defective medical device blamed for permanent injury

There is little doubt that medical devices have made the world of health care a much safer and more successful place. While these advances have been incredibly worthwhile, when defects are allowed to sneak past regulatory agencies and affect consumers and patients in California, the outcome can be troublesome. Certain injuries caused by a defective medical device can even lead to lifelong complications.

While incarcerated in another state in 2008, a patient developed a painful groin hernia that required medical attention. Surgeons used a keyhole mesh to help repair the damage, but according to a suit filed by the patient, the device was defective. However, he continued to live with the defective keyhole mesh for approximately five years.

After being paroled in 2013, the man sought medical attention from a local hospital for apparent complications from the device. Doctors diagnosed him with an infection and told him that the keyhole mesh had caused it and that it had likely been raging on for a year. During the surgical removal of the defective mesh, it was determined that the device had mostly broken down and become attached to an artery. During the attempt to remove it, he lost blood flow to his right testicle. That testicle ultimately had to be removed.

Whether a patient in California is incarcerated or not, no human being deserves the pain and injury that can be inflicted by a defective medical device. While many suits concerning dangers medical tools and devices are filed directly against the manufacturer in the form of a products liability claim, there are other possible options as well. The patient who suffered permanent injury to his groin area is pursuing compensation in a suit filed against the surgeons that initially operated on him as well as the hospital where the procedure was performed. If successful, he will most likely be able to address any lasting medical bills or injury with any recourse he is awarded.

Source: setexasrecord.com, "Inmate sues University of Texas Medical Branch, alleging defective medical product", Robbie Hargett, Sept. 10, 2015

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