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Understanding medical device recalls

At the Law Office of Richard Hay, we realize that many Kentuckians have undergone surgery to have a medical device implanted in their bodies, such as a pacemaker, stent, artificial hip, etc. Often these devices malfunction or fail, and when they do, their manufacturers or the Food and Drug Administration recall them. As the FDA points out, however, a recall may not necessarily mean that you must immediately rush to your doctor’s office demanding a new surgery to replace the recalled device.

Understanding pacemaker failure

Patients in Kentucky who have undergone a surgical procedure to implant a pacemaker should be aware that these medical devices tend do malfunction far more often than their manufacturers acknowledge. Such was the finding of a recent study reported by Nova, the popular PBS series.

How dangerous are hip replacements?

If you are one of the many Kentuckians who received a metal-on-metal hip replacement prior to 2014, you should be aware that this medical device could be damaging your body without your realizing it. As reported in The New York Times, if you still suffer pain in that hip today, it may be due to the fact that your hip replacement is destroying your tissues around it

The dangers of transvaginal mesh

At the Law Office of Richard Hay in Kentucky, we know how devastating a medical error can be. We also know that while surgeons sometimes cannot foresee and warn you against every possible danger of a particular surgical procedure, nevertheless you have the right to sue them should you suffer further pain and injury as the result of the procedure.

What are the three types of defective products?

If you are a Kentucky consumer injured by a defective product, you may not realize that you have the right to file a lawsuit against the product’s manufacturer, assembler, wholesaler and retailer to recover the cost of your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. As FindLaw explains, a defective product is one that does not meet the ordinary expectations of the consumers who buy and/or use it.

Does baby powder really cause cancer?

If you are a typical Kentucky resident, you probably grew up with baby powder; specifically, Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder. Your mom undoubtedly shook it all over you when you were a baby because that is what her mother had taught her to do. You likely continued the family tradition and slathered your own children in baby powder when they were little. All of you may have continued to use it on a regular basis long after you grew out of babyhood. After all, baby powder and the talc that is its main ingredient are excellent moisture absorbers and also make your skin feel soft and smooth.

Good news, bad news in giant Takata air bag settlement

Over the past few years, Eastern Kentucky media outlets have reported on the deaths and injuries resulting from failures of Takata air bags. The good news is that the Japanese manufacturer has reached a $650 million settlement of the claims. Bad news: according to reports, the company's financial woes means that less than one-fourth of the amount will go to consumers.

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