Thousands of patients have been injured over the years by malfunctioning medical devices. These defective or problematic devices range from stents and Guidant defibrillators and pacemakers to hip replacements and Baxter medicine pumps. Sometimes a device-related injury, even death, can occur during an implant procedure while in other instances an injury can go undiscovered for years.
If you had a loved one who died because of a defective medical device, you may need an attorney with the experience to handle a potential lawsuit. Kline & Specter, PC, based in Philadelphia and with more than 40 lawyers (several of whom are also highly regarded doctors) has successfully litigated many product liability and defective medical device lawsuits, particularly in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Baxter Medicine Pumps
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on July 21, 2005 announced the recall of 255,000 Baxter Healthcare Corp. pumps because the intravenous pumps can inadvertently shut down, depriving patients of needed medicine.
In its announcement, the FDA specified the reason for the recall: "The pumps can shut down while supplying critical medication and fluids to patients. Critically ill patients needing continuous delivery of life-sustaining medications at the time of the pumps' failure could be seriously harmed."
The FDA said Baxter had received reports of three deaths and six reports of serious injury that occurred when pumps unexpectedly shut down. The recall was a Class I recall, which the FDA said is issued for those that are "the most serious type of recall and involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of the product will cause serious injury or death."
Kline & Specter, PC, has had excellent results with lawsuits involving defective products, especially those filed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware but also others across the nation. (See our Major Victories.) However, we are no longer accepting claims involving Baxter Medical Pumps.