Women are Disproportionately Harmed by Defective Medical Devices
One of the litigation publications that I read each month is the American Association for Justice's Trial Magazine. The November 2013 issue discusses how women are disproportionately affected by defective medical devices. This is partly explained due to the fact that medical devices for women seem to fail at unacceptable rates. Examples include transvaginal mesh for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and birth control devices and pills (Nuvaring, Yaz, Yasmine, etc.). What surprised me though is that women have a worse outcome from hip replacements due to failure of metal on metal hips.
These cases are particularly challenging. The medical device industry makes billions of dollars and it is not afraid to throw money at lobbying for laws that limit its liability and it certainly does not mind hiring teams of lawyers to defend these cases. For those reasons, it is critical that if you believe you have been injured by a defective medical device that you contact a products liability lawyer as soon as possible. For more information about products liability law, please visit the Silverman Law Firm L.C.'s products liability practice page.