In 2012, the FDA recalled a staggering 1,190 defective medical devices. The agency found use of or exposure to 57 of them could lead to serious health problems or death, and that use of or exposure to 1,043 of them could cause temporary or medically reversible health problems.
FDA records show 1,734 drug recalls from 2004 to 2011, according to a study by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Of the recalls, 91 were designated Class I, meaning the drugs had the greatest likelihood of causing serious harm or even death.
The Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development says it costs $2.6 billion to develop a prescription drug that gains market approval. With that type of money at stake, drug makers and medical device manufacturers are incentivized to beat their rivals to market, and, in their rush, put unsuspecting patients at risk. Italian researchers, writing in the cancer journal Annals of Oncology, found clinical trials were halted prematurely so drug manufacturers could rush with their incomplete results to licensing authorities.
Proving a case arising from a defective medical device or dangerous drug requires not only legal experience, but also technical expertise in areas such as pharmacology, toxicology, biomedical engineering, and regulatory affairs. We have the financial resources to retain top experts, so we can ascertain how and why these medical devices and drugs get to market and their ultimate impact―in terms of health and economics―on vulnerable patients. And because we have decades of experience litigating cases involving defective medical devices and drugs, we understand the intricacies of these complex cases and get maximum compensation for our clients.
Our focus is to obtain for you justice and compensation for injuries and other losses by holding the responsible parties―and their insurers―accountable. Insurers (and the companies they represent) work to minimize payouts and avoid lawsuits. They do not care about your best interests. Contact us to find out whether you have grounds for a lawsuit before you speak to an insurer.
Because we have extensive experience handling defective medical device and drug cases and understand the medical, scientific, regulatory, and legal issues, we can review your case quickly and effectively. If your case is right for us, we’ll proceed with a full investigation and legal analysis, and determine the likelihood of a favorable settlement or need to file a lawsuit. We will always explain every step and development and counsel you on all possible outcomes so you can make informed decisions.
We’re master negotiators, so you can rely on us to negotiate the best possible settlement for you. If the parties can’t agree on money, we’re prepared to file a lawsuit and aggressively try your case in the courtroom. And we have a proven track record of securing winning verdicts and other favorable resolutions in defective medical device and drug cases.
Defective medical devices and drugs can cause catastrophic injuries, life-altering diseases, and death. We understand the loss and anguish that the victim and family experience. The medical issues and choices can be daunting. Paying for medical and rehabilitation costs, along with living expenses, can overwhelm the family when their breadwinner can no longer work. You are not just given one person to work with―you have an entire team of lawyers, paralegals, and personal injury secretaries. As a team, we coordinate with one another about your case and keep in constant contact with you and your family. Our team helps clients in these emotionally tough times by being accessible, supportive, and genuine. Our sensitivity and compassion make us better lawyers, too.
The firm’s defective medical device and drug practice is just one of many HRMM&L law practices. Because HRMM&L is a full-service law firm with substantial resources, we’re able to advise you on other legal problems that may arise during your case. And if the legal problem is one our firm doesn’t handle, we’ll refer you to another lawyer and firm whom we know and trust.
Other legal problems you may encounter during your product liability case: