Countless Carolinians have found it necessary to contact a Charlotte injury attorney because defective medical devices are responsible for millions of dollars in medical expenses and needless pain and suffering. Although virtually every product requires FDA approval to reasonably ensure the safety of medical devices before they are released, there are many ways for a company to get an unsafe product on the market. Patients who have been injured by a defective medical product are entitled to certain levels of compensation. It is crucial to find an attorney and a law firm that is experienced in handling injuries caused by a defective medical device.
How defective medical devices get to market
The FDA takes medical products, new medications, and new procedures through a process of rigorous testing before issuing its approval for use by the public. Current budget constraints and the reality that the FDA is overworked means that it can take several years in order for products to gain approval. Such delays in getting the product to market will cost the product designers and manufacturers millions of dollars. Hence, the device companies have taken advantage of a loop hole. Rather than submit their products and devices through the normal process, some companies can gain FDA approval through a special law that allows companies to declare that their product is largely equivalent to similar products that are already approved and available on the market.
By using this loophole, their product is approved for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration. This puts these products in the market without the clinical testing that products should actually receive. This is a backwards process in which the FDA relies on the word of the device manufacturer that the device or product is substantially similar to something that the FDA has already tested and approved. The product manufacturer requests that the FDA certify the product to be safe based upon the supposition that another device is safe. How trustworthy is the word of the manufacturer when the company holds the potential to make millions, if not billions of dollars once the product is in the market? This is a conflict of interest of astounding proportions.
A product liability attorney in Charlotte, NC
If you are injured or harmed by a medical product or device, The Olive Law Firm of Charlotte, NC, may be able to help you pursue a case. The attorneys at The Olive Law Firm are not afraid to stand up to big healthcare companies, and they are not afraid to take cases to trial. It can be difficult to prove who is at fault in product liability cases, but this personal injury accident law firm has the resources. The Olive Law firm has been representing Carolina residents in these types of cases for over 56 years. Call The Olive Law Firm to find the Charlotte injury attorney that will ensure that their clients receive just and fair compensation.