What Are the Consequences of a Defective Medical Device?


There are various consequences of using a defective medical device. Continue reading to learn the most common consequences of a defective medical device and the steps to take after being injured by a defective device. To learn more about taking legal action in a defective medical device claim, give our experienced attorney a call today.

What are the most common consequences of a defective medical device?

Common consequences of defective medical devices include the following:

  • Incorrect dosage
  • Incorrect diagnoses
  • Infection
  • Serious injury
  • Death
  • Emotional, financial, and physical burdens
  • The need for additional surgery

What steps should I take after being injured by a defective medical device?

If you have sustained injured by a defective medical device, it is important to have a plan. Take the following steps after being injured by a defective medical device to protect yourself and your future claim, should you chose to take legal action in the future:

  1. Seek medical treatment immediately. Your main priority after being injured by a defective medical device should always be your well-being. Do not delay medical evaluation.
  2. Collect the medical records from your treatment. These documents should state the date, time, and severity of your injuries.
  3. Document your injuries as thoroughly as possible.
    • Obtain as much evidence as possible to prove that your injuries are directly related to the defective medical device.
  4. Photograph the affected product.
  5. Store the item that led to your injuries in a place that it cannot be tampered with.
  6. Save and collect any documentation regarding the purchase of the defective product.
  7. Collect documentation relating to the prescription of the device or any other relevant records.
  8. Document your healing process.
    • Take notes regarding your emotions, the pain levels you are in, how your injuries impact your daily activities, and any psychological effects.
  9. Stay off social media for the time being, especially involving posts relating to your injuries or the device.
  10. Reach out to an experienced defective medical device attorney.

What is the statute of limitations for filing a defective medical device claim in Texas?

The statute of limitations for filing a defective medical device claim is generally two years in Texas. You will have two years to file your claim from the date of your injuries. Failure to file your claim within this period of time can result in you being permanently barred from suing. The sooner you bring attention to your claim, the better. To get started with the claims filing process, reach out to our experienced defective medical device attorney today.


Brock & Goetzmann has significant experience representing victims of defective medical devices in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  If you have been impacted in any way by a defective medical device, preserve the evidence and call us to investigate. Give our experienced Texas firm a call today to schedule your initial consultation.

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