Medical Device Implant & Surgical Product Lawsuits
- The Oliver Law Group PC has been appointed by the: Law and Motion Committee, Plaintiffs Vetting Committee, and Discovery Committees to provide support in the litigation. These committees serve mass tort and class action lawsuits including: Zimmer NexGen®, DuPont Imprelis and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan antitrust litigation.
- Alyson Oliver was appointed and is serving on the plaintiff steering committee. Litigation is currently pending in Chicago, Illinois before the Honorable Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer.
- Alyson Oliver argues in DuPont class action lawsuit. Argument seeks consolidation of Imprelis fertilizer clams to a single venue.
- Genentech Inc.'s psoriasis drug, Raptiva may have become a catalyst for improving Michigan's poor product liability laws. The Oliver Law Group is working with other colleagues on legislative efforts to alter Michigan's immunity laws for pharmaceutical drug makers.
- November, 2011 - Savannah, Georgia.
Alyson Oliver presents to attorneys involved with the ongoing national litigation involving transvaginal mesh products.
- July 2011 - San Francisco, California.
Alyson Oliver presents litigation strategy for Zimmer Nexgen MDL.
Surgically Implanted Medical Device Injury / Recall – Attorneys Helping Clients Nationwide
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A medical device is any physical item used in surgery or medical treatment, from a pacemaker to an ICD lead or one part in a larger system. Medical devices are digital or analog instruments that provide physical treatment using mechanical means, these devices can be a surgical mesh, implant, instrument, in vitro reagent, or other similarly related product used to provide or facilitate treatment. With the technology explosion our world has recently seen, more complex and advanced devices such as robotic surgical arms and microchip implants are becoming prevalent in medicine today.
Medical Devices are regulated by the FDA and classified into three groups. Each group reflects the level of control needed to assure safety and effectiveness.
General Controls: these devices are not intended for use in supporting or sustaining life such as elastic bandages, examination gloves, and hand-held surgical instruments
General Controls with Special Controls: where general controls alone are not enough to assure the safety and effectiveness and existing methods are available to provide such security. These devices are held at a higher level than Class I devices and are designed to perform as indicated without harm or injury to the patient or user. Some examples of Class II devices are: powered wheelchairs, infusion pumps, and surgical drapes
General Controls and Premarket Approval: where there is not enough information to guarantee the safety and effectiveness through the general or special controls for Class I or Class II devices. A review is required to ensure the device’s safety and effectiveness. Class III devices are those that help to support or sustain life or of considerable importance in preventing damage to human health. Implantable pacemakers, pulse generators, automated external defibrillators are just a few examples of Class III devices.
About Medical Device Litigation
When a Medical Device fails the injured parties begin filing lawsuits in state and federal courts around the country. Much like class action lawsuits, Medical Device litigation can become a Mass Action/Tort or MultiDistict Litigation if the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decides the individual cases filed should be consolidated into a single MDL. This centralizes the litigation and allows proceedings and ruling from one court which can benefit plaintiffs, defendants and industry with the inefficiencies and consistency that a single MDL action provides. The MDL panel usually only allows for consolidated lawsuits if the central facts in each case are the same.
When MDL's form, the court appoints several law firms to be responsible for managing various phases of the litigation. The Oliver Law Group PC currently serves on committees appointed by the court and has been selected to do so over thousands of other law firms vying for these committee seats.
Dangerous, Defective and Recalled Medical Devices are Everywhere!
With the advancements in medical device technology and limited FDA oversight of these manufacturers, many devices are failing at much higher rates that ever anticipated. If you have a problematic medical device talk with an experienced attorney before signing your rights away.