Sadly, medical items are some of the most-frequently recalled products on the market today. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs and medical devices are often the subject of nationwide recalls, which can cause concern for thousands of patients who rely on these items to manage their health conditions. If a drug or medical device you use has recently been recalled, don’t panic. It is important to educate yourself on the recall and speak to your doctor to learn how you may be affected. If you have been injured by a defective drug or medical device, The Gilbert Law Group, P.C. legal team may be able to help.
Get All Information
In general, recalls are announced to the public through the news and media outlets. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may provide updates to recall announcements, but it is rare for consumers to hear about medical device and drug recalls directly from the FDA.
Once you learn that a drug or medical device you use is recalled, do your research to learn all of the details of the action. The recall announcement should include details about the specific type of drug or device that is being recalled and who may be affected. Additionally, there may be information on how to return the defective products. All of this information can guide you through how to respond to the recall and may be helpful if you decide to file a lawsuit.
Contact Your Doctor
Speaking to your doctor is the most important step to take once you learn of a medical device or drug recall. Although something you use may be the subject of a recall, it’s possible that you will not be affected. The issues that prompt recalls can impact every patient differently, and you may be able to continue using the medication or device as directed if the recall does not pertain to your situation.
Your doctor can also recommend alternative treatment options and guide you through a response if the recall does affect you. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to easily switch to another option or the transition may require a more complex medical response.
Have a Case? Our Attorneys Can Help
It’s possible that you learned of a recall because the drug or medical device caused you injury. Or, you may have learned about the recall and developed symptoms shortly after hearing the news. Becoming injured or ill due to a product you rely on to maintain your health is frightening, and can be expensive to respond to. You may require surgery or therapy to address the effects of a defective drug or medical device, in addition to the cost of starting an alternative treatment plan.
Our legal team can assist you with filing a claim against the company that manufactured your medical device or medication that has been recalled. You may be entitled to compensation for the financial damages caused by the medication or medical device, as well as non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. Contact The Gilbert Law Group, P.C. today to discuss the details of your case with our lawyers.
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