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Defective medical devices: When cybersecurity becomes an issue

With the ever-increasing nature of technological advancements, companies in Tennessee and elsewhere who manufacture health care devices have a variety of tools that their predecessors may have only dreamed of. Unfortunately, there are two sides to this equation, as devices that can be managed through online sources may come with an inherent level of risk. The threat of a breach in control could turn seemingly safe products into dangerous or defective medical devices which could have a detrimental impact on one's well-being.

Recent reports indicate that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released information indicating a possible risk of cybersecurity breaches for certain insulin pumps. While there are a variety of models that could be affected by such a breach, each model was reportedly manufactured by the same company. According to these reports, there is a chance that an outside party could hack into a person's insulin pump and alter its delivery settings.

Individuals who require the use of an insulin pump may rely on it to provide the necessary levels of insulin throughout each day. Any changes to these levels could result in issues with hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia, both of which could prove harmful to one's health. Such negligent design may open many up to potentially harmful threats and many of those who depend on an insulin pump might not be aware that similar risks exist until it is too late.

Defective medical devices can pose a significant threat to a person's health. Those who suffer severe harm due to the negligent actions of a device manufacturer may wish to seek restitution accordingly, but they might not be certain of their available legal options. Fortunately, there are attorneys who can examine the circumstances a person in Tennessee is facing and assist in pursuing the full amount of compensation entitled through a claim against the party or parties deemed responsible.

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