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Examples of defective medical equipment

Medical technology has advanced rapidly in recent decades. There are numerous devices that play a vital role in diagnostics, surgical procedures and ongoing healthcare. These devices save millions of lives.

Unfortunately, even the most advanced technology is not foolproof, and medical devices can malfunction, particularly if they are defective. Outlined below are some common examples of defective medical equipment.

Defective diagnostic equipment

The first step in the medical process is assessing the patient to obtain an accurate diagnosis. In some cases, a doctor may be able to do this without any technological assistance. However, diagnostic machines such as MRI scanners are often crucial. A faulty MRI machine could give off inaccurate results, ultimately leading to misdiagnosis.

Defective surgical equipment

Surgery has to be very precise. This can require more than human coordination. Surgeons commonly rely on laser guides and even robotic equipment to perform pinpoint operations. Defective surgical equipment significantly increases the chances of errors. Errors in surgical procedures can be life-changing and even fatal.

Defects after leaving the hospital

In some cases, defects may not become apparent until the patient has left the hospital. For example, if someone has been fitted with a prosthetic limb. It may take several weeks or months for defects to become noticeable.

If you have been injured by defective medical equipment, you may be able to hold several parties to account. Firstly, you may be able to hold the individual who treated you and the company they work for to account. However, you may also be able to name the manufacturer of the defective product in your claim.

Seeking legal guidance will give you a better idea of how to go about lodging a personal injury claim.


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