Defective Products and Medical Devices

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Today, many medical devices and products approved by the FDA are later recalled, leading those already implanted with the device to face a complicated replacement or revision surgery. Other patients are subjected to serious, potentially hazardous side effects.

If you or a loved one has been implanted with a faulty medical device or subjected to serious side effects as a result of an unsafe medical product, you need a powerful product liability attorney on your side, fighting for the rights you deserve.

Our experienced legal team is standing by to answer your questions, conduct a free case review and quickly help you file your product liability claim and/or lawsuit. You may reach Ward Black Law by phone: 336-333-2244, 1-877-256-1214 (toll-free); contact form; or email:

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Bard/Avaulta® Transvaginal Mesh/Sling Devices Transvaginal mesh/slings, or bladder slings, are used to treat two common health issues affecting women: Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). There is concern over reported incidents of women suffering from erosion of vaginal tissue, infection, mesh erosion, pain, perforations of bowel, bladder or blood vessels, recurrence of Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence, urinary problems and vaginal scarring. View more

Bair Hugger™ 

Bair Hugger products, developed by 3M, were designed to keep patients warm during and after surgery. However, studies show that these devices caused serious infections in some patients, including MRSA and sepsis. View more
DePuy Hip Replacement DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson issued a recall on its ASR XL Acetabular System (a hip socket used in traditional hip replacement surgery) and ASR Hip Resurfacing System (a partial hip replacement that involves placing a metal cap on the ball of the femur) — both of which have been used in hip replacement surgery. View more
DePuy Synthes Attune® Knee Failure DePuy’s Attune® Knee system was approved by the FDA in 2010 after years of research and design centered around improving clinical outcomes in knee replacement surgeries. Like several other knee implant devices, it fell short of expectations, causing many patients a great deal of pain and suffering, and ultimately revision surgery. View more
Essure Owned by Bayer HealthCare, Essure is a permanent birth control system that has been available for over a decade and used by more than a half million patients. Thousands of patients have filed lawsuits, claiming Essure caused a host of medical issues from severe pain to unwanted pregnancies. View more
Flavoring Chemicals  Whether you’ve been around someone using an e-cigarette or enjoyed a bowl of butter-flavored popcorn, you have inevitably been exposed to flavoring chemicals.  View more
Fluoroquinolones For years a class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones have been prescribed to patients suffering from infections. However, these powerful antibiotics are now known to cause very serious side effects, like aortic aneurysms, which can result in hospitalization and even death. View more
GranuFlo and NaturaLyte GranuFlo powder and NaturaLyte liquid compose a dialysis solution, which is diluted with water and mixed with sodium bicarbonate. It is administered to dialysis patients in order to replicate kidney function, controlling acid, sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium levels in the blood. However, if mixed incorrectly, GranuFlo and NaturaLyte may contain sodium acetate (sodium diacetate), which is converted into bicarbonate by the body’s liver and tissues, resulting in bicarbonate surplus. Dangerously high levels of bicarbonate may put dialysis patients at increased risk for metabolic alkalosis, which can cause adverse cardiac-related health events. View more
Hernia Mesh Hernia repair surgery is a fairly routine procedure. Hundreds of thousands of people undergo these operations in the U.S. each year. Often, surgeons will implant a mesh device to provide support for damaged or weakened tissue. Certain types of this surgical mesh have been linked to life-threatening complications. View more
IVC Filters A device designed to save patients from the dangers of blood clots has resulted in serious injury and even death for some patients. Retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are implanted by a vascular surgeon or interventional radiologist to prevent a pulmonary embolism in patients known to have a blood clot in the leg or pelvic region. View more
Medtronic SynchroMed II A widely used drug pump — the Medtronic SynchroMed II — has been linked to poor patient outcomes including overdose, underdose, withdrawal, and even death. Design flaws in the device are responsible for these outcomes. View more
Morcellator A power morcellator is a surgical device, commonly used for laparoscopic hysterectomies and other gynecological surgeries. The device has been tied to rapid spread of cancer tissue in the body. As a result, Johnson & Johnson, the largest morcellator manufacturer, recently issued a recall. View more
NonHodgkin’s Lymphoma and PCB’s Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were manufactured by Monsanto in the 1930’s and continued for over 40 years.  Though banned in the United States in 1979, these chemicals are still present in our environment, food and bodies today. PCBs are a group of synthetic organic chemicals that are either oily liquids or solids. PCBs were widely used as coolants and lubricants in transformers, capacitors, and other electrical equipment. PCBs also break down very slowly and can stay in our bodies for decades. View More
Olympus Endoscopes The duodenoscopes were made by Olympus Corp. and were used in special endoscopic procedures, known as ERCP. While Olympus Corp. recalled the duodenoscopes in Jan. 2016, they were first introduced to the market in 2010. View More
Ortho EVRA Birth Control Patch The patch delivers hormones very quickly into the bloodstream, and has become associated with serious side effects including blood clots, stroke, heart attack, coma, and death. View More
Proton Pump Inhibitor Proton pump inhibitors, commonly used to treat heartburn and acid-related disorders, have been linked to kidney failure, chronic kidney disease, and several other health issues. View More
Roundup® Roundup® weed killer may be linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other deadly cancers. Learn more about filing a lawsuit today. View More
Simply Thick Manufactured by Simply Thick LLC and introduced to the market in October 2001, SimplyThick® is a gel thickener marketed to individuals with difficulty swallowing, including infants. The thickening agent is used by parents, caregivers and health care providers with breastmilk or infant formula to help babies swallow and keep down their food. It’s sold in individual packets or 64-ounce dispenser bottles and has been distributed across the country through food service distributors, drug suppliers, wholesale channels and directly to the public. View more

Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System

The Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler system is a device used during surgery to regulate the patient’s body temperature. It has been associated with an increased risk of infection from the mycobacterium chimaera, a microorganism which can be deadly. View more
Stryker® Hip Replacement Recall The Stryker® hip replacement recall is due to reports of metal-on-metal hip replacement complications such as potential corrosion and fretting that may result in tissue swelling, pain, and metal poisoning. View more
Stryker® V40 Femoral Head The Stryker® V40 Femoral Head devices head is disconnecting from the neck component, causing severe pain and necessitating extensive revision surgery. View more
Talcum Powder Talcum powders have been used — primarily for baby care and feminine hygiene purposes — for decades. Sold by big name companies like Johnson & Johnson, these products are marketed as safe and gentle, but medical research brings a different perspective. View more
Transvaginal/Pelvic Mesh Transvaginal mesh/slings, or bladder slings, are used to treat two common health issues affecting women: Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).  Concern over serious health issues in women is mounting with more than 1,000 reported incidents of women suffering from erosion of vaginal tissue, infection, mesh erosion, pain, perforations of bowel, bladder or blood vessels, recurrence of Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence, urinary problems and vaginal scarring. View more
Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder System® Zimmer Biomet is a leading manufacturer of  joint replacement devices, including their Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder®. After numerous reports of device fracturing, the company issued a recall. View more
Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Replacement This component was used in people with non-inflammatory degenerative joint disease. The FDA has received a number of reports from surgeons who indicated they had to perform an unusual number of revision surgeries on patients with the Zimmer Durom Cup Hip, because of displacement of the implant. View more
Zimmer Persona® Trabecular Metal™ Tibial Plate Knee Implant  On March 12, 2014, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class II recall for the Zimmer Persona® Trabecular Metal™ Tibial Plate knee implant. A Class II Recall is issued for products that may “cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences.”  View more


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