Medical devices save countless lives. Some of the greatest medical inventions of the recent past include pacemakers, defibrillators, and insulin pumps.
Unfortunately, when medical devices are defective, they can cause injuries – and even death. If you suspect a defective medical device has injured you or someone you care about, please contact a Georgia medical device lawyer.
Calculating Your Losses
Defective medical device settlements compensate victims for the actual money they have lost because of their injuries, as well as for intangible harms. For example, you might be able to receive money for the following as part of a settlement:
- Medical expenses for all treatment for your injuries.
- Lost wages, if your defective device kept you from working.
- Pain and suffering, for the pain you have endured because of the defective medical device.
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Some of these losses are easy to calculate because you will have a bill or receipt, or your pay stub will show how much you earn each week. With intangible harms like pain and suffering, your medical device attorney will use his or her experience to estimate the amount of compensation you can receive.
Georgia also allows surviving family members to bring a wrongful death lawsuit when defective medical devices kill a loved one. Generally, family members can receive compensation for wages and benefits the deceased would have earned had they lived, along with money to compensate for the loss of care and companionship.
Adding as Many Defendants as Possible
One way to maximize your compensation is to add as many defendants as possible. In a lawsuit involving defective medical devices, you might be able to sue any of the following:
- The manufacturer not only designed or assembled the device, but they are also usually large companies. This means they typically have deep pockets and can pay out compensation for your injuries.
- Sales representatives. A sales representative who touted the device to your doctor could also be added as a defendant.
- Retail supplier. You might have obtained your device from a drugstore or pharmacy. If so, you might be able to hold them liable. Large national drugstores also have deep pockets.
- Doctor. A doctor could be legally liable for failing to warn you about the dangers of defective medical devices. Doctors usually have malpractice insurance that can pay out a settlement.
Speak with a Georgia Medical Device Lawyer Today
Defective medical devices cause horrific injuries, which our clients deserve to be compensated for. At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., we have decades of experience holding device manufacturers and others responsible for the dangerous products they release onto the market.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury, we want to hear from you. To speak with a defective medical device lawyer in Georgia, please call or submit an online message.