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Defective medical devices: 1 files lawsuit over dangerous implant

There are a multitude of medical devices that are manufactured to provide assistance in the treatment of a variety of health concerns. Prior to making a device available for use, companies in Tennessee and elsewhere must generally put it through thorough testing procedures to ensure it is safe, as defective medical devices can be exceedingly harmful. A woman in another state has recently been awarded a $68 million judgment after filing a products liability lawsuit against the company C. R. Bard Inc.

The woman filed the lawsuit after a pelvic mesh implant manufactured by Bard caused her to suffer serious injuries. She claims that, after it was implanted within her, the device shrank and caused severe nerve damage. According to reports, she was forced to undergo as many as four surgeries to fully remove the mesh from her body, and she asserts that the incident has had a substantial impact on various areas of her life.

This is just one of many lawsuits that have been filed against Bard over similar products. In response to concerns over the safety of these devices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reportedly ordered several manufacturers to conduct additional tests, and several of the implants were removed from the market soon thereafter. Along with the potential harm a dangerous product can do to a person's health, the ramifications of a need to pursue long-term or permanent care can wreak havoc on one's finances.

Individuals who suffer severe harm due to defective medical devices may wish to pursue restitution, but they might need assistance in the process. By retaining the services of an experienced attorney, a person in Tennessee could gain a better understanding of his or her available options. An attorney can assess the situation and assist a client in pursuing the full amount of compensation to which he or she is entitled to receive.

Source: bloomberg.com, "C.R. Bard Must Pay Punitive $35 Million in Vaginal-Mesh Case", Jef Feeley, April 13, 2018

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