The Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at our firm have been following along closely in recent years as concerns have been raised about a variety of different medical devices. The main issues in most of these cases relates to the approval process that allowed the device to enter the market and the research available to providers on the safety of the product.
The Star Tribune recently discussed concerns about heart devices and one cardiologist’s nearly four decade long battle to improve safety standards for these devices. The medical professional, Dr. Robert Hauser, has been particularly focused in recent years on getting dangerous defibrillator devices off the market. In 2005 he conducted research which highlighted a defective heart device made by Guidant. Two year later his work led to a similar pulling off the shelves of a defibrillator created by Medtronic, Inc. In that case, he found that the wires used to connect the device to the heart stopped working. In the Medtronic, Inc. case a medical device error lawsuit was eventually filed which led to victims of the dangerous product receiving $114 in settlement funds to help recoup their losses.
As our Illinois medical malpractice lawyers mentioned earlier this year, yet another heart defibrillator manufacturer has come under fire for the potential dangers posed by the device. The most recent case involves St. Jude Medical Inc., and concerns about the product were also led by research from Dr. Hauser.
In an article published in last month’s Heart Rhythm Journal, Dr Hauser and his team indicate that as many as twenty patients may have died because of problems with heart devices made by St. Jude’s product-now recalled-known as Riata. For their part, St. Jude is challenging the research. They asked the doctor to retract the article, but the doctor and its publisher have thus far declined to back away from the research.
The recent story on the situation indicates that Dr. Hauser is proud to remain an advocate for patient safety as is relates to these medical devices. Through the years the doctor has been somewhat aggressive in trying to get these manufacturers (as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) to keep its safety standards high to ensure dangerous products don’t end up in unsuspecting patient bodies.
The doctor explains that his passions for these issues began 40 years ago when he was working in Chicago to test the efficacy of nuclear battery pacemakers. He was told to “Go ahead and test them and write a favorable report.” However, what he found was that all of the devices failed. From that point on he grew increasingly aware of the need to provide real, honest, and accurate data on these tests to ensure patients are protected.
Each medical malpractice attorney at our firm is proud to work with those who have been victimized by medical malpractice or defective medical devices. We firmly believe that all patients have a right to proper medical care by all those involved in their care, from general practitioners and surgeons to companies that make the material used in their care. If you or a loved one was hurt because another involved in your care didn’t act appropriately, consider visiting with a legal professional and sharing your story.
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