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Defective drugs and medical devices can cause grave injury

Drug companies and the manufacturers of medical devices have a legal responsibility to make certain the products they create and sell are both safe and medically sound. Too many residents of Tennessee rely on these substances and items, often at the advice of their doctors; patients count on these things to improve their health and well-being. When defective drugs and medical devices cause serious injury, the results can prove catastrophic, if not fatal.

In another state, a couple is seeking damages in a lawsuit alleging just such a medical device failure. The complaint claims that, following a surgery, the husband developed a serious bacterial infection due to the defective design of the medical device used during his operation. The lawsuit names as defendants Livanova Deutschland GmbH and Sorin Group USA Inc., and alleges, among other counts, negligence regarding design defects.

The complaint states that the man underwent an aortic valve replacement in 2015. Approximately a year later, he apparently began experiencing a number of symptoms for which he sought medical treatment. The lawsuit alleges that his diagnosis of M. chimaera can be directly attributed to exposure during his surgery, and further alleges that the design of the defendants' Sorin 3T Heater Cooler Systems – used during the man's surgery – is to blame for the infection.

The plaintiff seeks to hold the defendants responsible because their 3T system allegedly both colonized and then directly transmitted bacteria during the invasive operation. The lawsuit is seeking damages both compensatory and punitive, as well as court costs and further relief as the court sees fit. Residents of Tennessee who have likewise suffered serious injury or illness due to defective drugs and medical devices are likely facing a long, painful and costly road ahead, and may benefit from the seasoned legal advice of a medical malpractice attorney who has experience dealing with cases of a similar nature.

Source: pennrecord.com, "Hanover man alleges design of medical device used in surgery caused bacterial infection", Louie Torres, Sept. 29, 2017

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