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Improper operation of medical devices

Jacksonville Attorneys Hold Medical Staff Accountable For The Improper Use Of Medical Devices

Help For Those Injured Through Negligent Action

The medical devices that doctors, nurses and technicians commonly use in healthcare settings have advanced in leaps and bounds over the last ten years. And while those technological advancements should make it easier and safer to treat us, the devices are only as effective as the people trained to use them. If a medical device is used improperly by medical staff, injuring you during routine surgery, ongoing treatment, or your baby’s delivery, you have a right to hold all those responsible for your injury accountable.

Our Jacksonville medical malpractice attorneys at Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A., have more than 80 years of combined experience representing Floridians injured by the improper operation of a wide range of medical devices, including pacemakers, knee and hip replacement joints, and dialysis filters. We take the time to thoroughly determine the extent of your injury so that we know whom to sue and how much we can recover for you. If in handling your case we determine that the device itself was defective, whether in design, manufacture, or labeling, we can choose to file a products liability case: Medical devices made in the United States are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and if the device that injured you fails to meet certain regulations, you have a right to seek damages.

A Wide Range Of Devices Can Become Dangerous In The Wrong Hands

Medical devices can be as simple as the forceps used during the delivery of your child or as complex as the artificial knee joint implanted during your reconstructive surgery. But no matter how simple or complex the device, the medical staff handling it should be properly trained in its use and follow appropriate handling and safety protocols. Injuries that result from the improper operation of medical devices often happen during surgery and may include:

  • Head injuries during a baby’s delivery caused by improper use of forceps, vacuum extractors or other devices
  • Infections caused by unsterile instruments or the improper storage of those instruments
  • Hemorrhaging caused by improper handling of a surgical tool or the failure to observe the tool was broken or damaged.

Medical devices can also malfunction when they’ve been improperly cleaned or disinfected. Certain electronic medical devices, such as pacemakers, have become damaged through inappropriate methods of cleaning, and that damage has the potential to cause serious and even life-threatening consequences.

Our experienced litigators know that not every poor medical outcome means a doctor or hospital was negligent. Because Florida medical malpractice law is so complex and requires significant documentation before a malpractice claim can even move forward, it’s essential that you’re represented by attorneys who have the skills and experience to navigate the legal system and pursue full and fair compensation for your injury. We have that experience and the determination to fight for your rights to full compensation, whether through settlement or at trial.

Contact Us For Help With Your Medical Malpractice Claim

At Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A., our Jacksonville personal injury attorneys have the skills, access to medical experts and experience to handle even the most complex medical malpractice cases, including those stemming from the improper operation of medical devices. Contact us online or call our office today at (904) 353-5800 for a free consultation with one of our medical malpractice attorneys. There are no fees unless we succeed.*

  • In some cases, clients will be asked to pay the costs associated with providing services. These costs, which will be fully explained, never include fees for a lawyer’s time.

Medical malpractice takes various forms. The following represent some of the more common types of medical malpractice:

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