When Medical Devices Kill or Injure
Ventlab Corporation, based in Mocksville, NC, issued a recall over the summer for a number of manual resuscitator devices. The devices are designed to help patients who cannot breathe on their own. According to the FDA, a number of the devices had a valve leak, which prevented the flow of oxygen, effectively making the devices useless. Fortunately, there were no reports of patients injured by the defective devices.
Defective medical devices have often been shown to kill or injure patients. In the worst cases, the companies have known about the defects and chosen to keep the facts hidden from public view. The Corporate Whistle Blower Center recently issued a directive asking those who have the greatest knowledge of potential defects to please come forward and tell what they know in an effort to save lives.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective medical device, it may be possible to get compensation from the company who developed the device and from the doctor or hospital that operated the device. The medical device manufacturers, doctors and hospitals all have their own attorneys working hard to prevent you from getting the compensation you deserve. That is why it is vital to consult an experienced product defect attorney.