Health issues that result from medical device failure might sound like an uncommon occurrence or a statistical oddity. In reality, though, the sad truth is that medical device problems or failures — and the resulting health consequences — happen more often than you may think. There are a number of common problems that can cause medical devices to malfunction and ultimately fail.
Common Causes of Problems with a Medical Device
Faulty product design, use of substandard materials, and poorly planned assembly processes are three common flaws that lead to medical device problems. Flaws in the product's initial design will be present in every unit made, even if the company's manufacturing and shipping procedures go exactly as planned. Poor quality control procedures are also a systemic error, and lack of adequate quality control allows flawed products to reach the public.
A flaw in the device's production or shipping procedure can also cause users to experience problems with medical devices. This kind of problem won't be widespread or apparent in every device; a company may make one set of devices that function perfectly, only to have a problem render the next batch useless or dangerous. Contamination, incorrect assembly of a specific part during production, and other mishaps can cause medical devices to fail.
Other Reasons for Device Problems and Failure
Sadly, the medical devices used in a hospital or other care facility will not always function correctly. Often these devices arrive in working condition, but deteriorate over time. This could be due to poor maintenance, improper storage or overuse, and it is more likely to happen when inexpensive, lower-quality devices are purchased.
Regardless of the cause, medical device failure can have devastating consequences. In minor cases, patients have to endure pain, extra expenses, and inconvenience; in extreme cases, patients will face debilitating side effects and injuries. Some medical device problems can even prove fatal. Victims who have been affected by a faulty medical device should speak to a lawyer about getting compensation for their suffering. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to medical device failure, contact the Chicago product liability lawyers at the Law Offices of Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD today at 800.722.9744
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