The experienced attorneys at Lord & Faris, practicing in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, have helped hundreds of Minnesotans injured by medical devices ranging from breast implants to penile and jaw implants. Medical devices range from simple tongue depressors or latex gloves to complex programmable pacemakers and defibulators with micro-chip technology. These products are regulated by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). Unfortunately, FDA approval does not guarantee that a medical device is safe for all uses, nor does it guarantee that a product was manufactured correctly.
Lord & Faris has been representing hundreds of women who were injured by silicone breast implants and the silicone gel that escapes from the implant. The Dow breast implant settlement is not yet resolved after 17 years in the class action. We’ve built a rock solid reputation as Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minnesota Defective Medical Device Injury Attorneys with the courage and commitment to serve our clients, no matter how long it takes to earn you the compensation you deserve.
The defective medical device injury attorneys at Lord & Faris have the experience, dedication and determination to take on the wrong-doers. The lifetime legal experience of 130 years found in our Minneapolis Defective Medical Device Injury Lawyers represents the courage and commitment you want in your attorneys. Call us immediately at 612-333-LORD.
We work with a top-notch legal and medical team and have developed a highly effective approach that helps people with defective medical device injuries recover fair compensatory damages. One of our defective medical device injury attorneys will meet with you, and will give you the time you deserve to evaluate your case with no charge.
Imagine not having to worry about the details of your legal claim. To give you the peace of mind you deserve, and to take the anxiety out of pursuing a defective medical device or other claim, we work hard to take over the details of your claim by coordinating every aspect so you can focus on more important matters like health, family and work. Our experience and passion for our clients makes all the difference.
Q. Are individuals injured by a dangerous medical device able to sue the manufacturer?
A. We are representing several claimants in a class action suit against Medtronic, for injuries and deaths caused by their Sprint Fidelis Leads. These items were recalled in 2007 because they fractured inside the person’s heart, causing extensive damage. In February of 2008, the United States Supreme Court heard the Riegel case on this same issue, and decided that when a medical device manufacturer follows all requirements set forth by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) they cannot be sued under state law for injuries caused by their products. We are disappointed in this decision, because it limits the rights of Minnesotans who have been injured by defective medical devices.
More information. www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/07pdf/06-179.pdf
Q. After the Supreme Court decision in Riegel case can I still recover damages from the maker of a medical device?
A. Yes, there is a good chance you may still have the ability to recover for your injuries, or those of a loved one, after Riegel. Riegel only applies to medical devices that have completed the FDA approval process, and only protects manufacturers when they have followed all FDA requirements. Many medical devices have not completed the entire FDA approval process, and these manufacturers may still be found liable for damages under state law. If a manufacturer deviates from FDA regulations in the design, manufacture, or labeling of a product, they may still be sued under state law.
Q. Can the government do something to change the Reigel decision?
A. As of May 2009, the Congress is working on bill called the Medical Device Act which will allow individuals to sue manufacturers for dangerous medical devices, overcoming the Reigel
decision. The bill in the Senate was written by Senator Edward Kennedy.
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