Medical Device Lawsuits

North Carolina Woman Claims Bard Ventralex Hernia Mesh Failed, Causing Infection

A North Carolina woman recently filed a new Bard hernia mesh lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The plaintiff claims that after she was implanted with the defendants’ hernia mesh product, she suffered significant and permanent injuries and significant pain and suffering. Plaintiff Undergoes Revision Surgery to Remove Failed… read more

NTM Infections and Heater-Cooler Units: What is the Danger?

Going through an open-heart surgery is frightening enough by itself, without adding a complication like a serious infection to the mix. Unfortunately, some patients have recovered successfully from surgery only to discover many months later that they contracted a potentially deadly infection because of a medical device used during the procedure. The infections were most… read more

Injuries Linked to Ethicon’s Physiomesh [Timeline]

Ethicon Applies for FDA Approval of Physiomesh March 8, 2010 – Ethicon, Inc. applies for FDA approval of Phsyiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh, used to repair abdominal hernias. Ethicon uses the FDA’s “fast-track” 510(k) approval process, which does not require Ethicon to conduct clinical safety and efficacy trials. Source FDA Approves Physiomesh to Use for Hernia… read more

3T Heater-Cooler Contamination and Infection [Infographic]

How a 3T Heater-Cooler Unit Works 3T Heater-Cooler Units/Devices have water tanks that provide temperature-controlled water to external heat exchangers or warming/cooling blankets through closed circuits. Contaminated water from inside the device can aerosolize as it travels through the closed circuits. Contamination Within the Operating Room The device’s fan and exhaust vent can push contaminated… read more

Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler and NTM Infection Timeline

Use the arrows on the left and right side of the timeline slideshow to navigate through its progression. Infection outbreak at hospital in Greenville, SC July 21, 2014 – 15 infections and 4 deaths are linked to infections involving non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) at Greenville Memorial Hospital. The initial investigation leads to the temporary removal of… read more

New Studies Raise Questions About Quality of Drug & Medical Device Testing

In medical device and pharmaceutical lawsuits, plaintiffs often allege that the product manufacturer conducted inadequate testing on its product before releasing it on the market. Plaintiffs also claim that the manufacturer failed to conduct adequate post-approval studies to identify and prevent serious side effects. Now, a recent study published in a prominent medical journal lends… read more

New Study Questions the Use and Safety of IVC Filters in Trauma Patients

A new study published in the scientific journal JAMA Surgery has questioned the effectiveness and safety of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters. These are small, cage-like medical devices that are implanted in the main vein that takes blood from the lower legs back to the heart. The device is designed to capture and dissipate any… read more

Georgia Woman Undergoes Open-Heart Surgery to Remove Bard G2 Filter Piece

On August 17, 2015, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated all federal lawsuits concerning Bard IVC filters into the District of Arizona for coordinated pre-trial proceedings. Since that time, more plaintiffs have come forward with complaints against the manufacturer, with many more expected to join the litigation in the coming months. On… read more