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November 2015 Archives

Product liability: FDA warns about dangerous medical devices

Medical devices with hydrophobic and/or hydrophilic coatings have been in use for over 20 years. The function of the coatings is to lessen the friction between devices and blood vessels. The Food and Drug Administration recently brought awareness to the dangers posed by these coatings. Reportedly, they have been linked to 11 deaths of patients nationwide. In California and elsewhere, these types of issues often lead to product liability litigation. 

Nursing home neglect likely more common than most realize

Intended to be places of peace, rest and care, nursing homes and residential care facilities are often prime options for families in California who can no longer care for elderly loved ones. With health care professionals and other skilled workers available night and day, it is no wonder that these facilities typically offer a safer and more caring environment for older individuals in need of highly specialized or time-consuming care. However, nursing home neglect tends to be more rampant that most people realize, putting the elderly and medically compromised at risk for serious injury or even wrongful death.

California patients may be affected by medical malpractice

California medical patients and those in other states place a certain amount of trust in each physician and health care professional who cares for them. Each patient has the right to reasonably assume that medical staff members will act according to the highest levels of safety standards and industry protocol. Yet, thousands of people are affected by medical malpractice incidents each year across the nation. It is good to know that there is legal help available in such situations.

After all the hype, Theranos found to be defective medical device

Blood tests are readily used diagnostic procedures that many health care providers in California utilize in order to better understand the symptoms from which patients suffer. Traditionally, many blood tests require drawing vials of blood with a needle, but a medical tech startup claimed that it was changing the game of blood tests. Although the FDA initially released glowing reports of the new tests, it recently redacted those comments, instead labeling the product as a defective medical device.