The 5800 series intra-aortic balloon catheters were recalled by manufacturer Teleflex on December 22 after patients reported that it got “stuck in sheath.” If a user can’t move it forward or backward, it leads to a delay in therapy. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the U.S. FDA issued a class 1 recall because these catheters have the potential to cause serious health issues, even death.
Millions of people use catheters and assume they work properly. If they are defective, the medical device manufacturer must be held accountable for putting lives at risk. The FDA is responsible for the testing and approval of all medical devices, but sometimes defects and safety concerns aren’t apparent until the device is on the consumer market. When this happens, serious injuries can occur.
If you have suffered a serious personal injury or have lost a loved one as a result of a defective 5800 catheter or other medical device, contact an experienced Pennsylvania defective product lawyer to find out more information about your legal rights and options.
In such cases, injured victims can file a product liability claim against a manufacturer, seeking compensation to cover medical expenses, cost of additional surgery or treatment, hospitalization, and other related damages. If the defective product caused a death, then the family of the deceased victim can bring a wrongful death claim against the manufacturer of the defective product. At Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP our Philadelphia defective product attorneys can discuss your case with you and will work hard to determine whether a defective medical device was properly designed and manufactured. We will also investigate if there were adequate warnings on the device and if testing requirements were followed correctly. Call today for a free consultation.