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Defective Medical Devices Lawyer


Clifford A. RiedersWhen a patient is treated with a dangerous or defective medical device, a variety of serious consequences are possible. Depending on the specifics of the situation, the patient may experience injury or death because of the device. When this occurs, the patient or the patient’s family may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer of the device. If you believe you have a case, contact an experienced defective medical devices lawyer at Rieders Travis Law Firm today.

About Defective Medical Devices

All medical devices are monitored by the Federal Drug Administration. However, they can still pose dangers to patients in some cases. Medical devices may be dangerous because of their design, problems with the manufacturing process, or the way they are marketed to consumers and medical professionals. In order to win a case related to a defective medical device, you must show that the device was actually dangerous and that it was the direct cause of injury or death.

Since these cases are complex, having the right attorney on your side is essential. If you think you may need to file a lawsuit related to a defective medical device, please contact our attorneys at Rieders, Travis, Dohrmann, Mowrey, Humphrey & Waters today to discuss your needs.

Some of the most common devices implicated in defective medical device cases include:

Ivc Filters

An IVC filter is a medical device used to filter blood clots and prevent related complications. These devices are usually inserted into the inferior vena cava, where they catch clots and allow normal blood to pass through. Unfortunately, these devices have been implicated in several deaths because of certain flaws in their design. These defective filters can also cause considerable pain for patients.

In most cases, problems occur when the balance of the device isn’t proper. Once it starts to tilt, parts of the device that aren’t supposed to touch the vein make contact. This leads to embedding of the device and eventually perforation of the vein. Once the device becomes embedded, removal is very difficult. Contact us for a free consultation to determine whether you may be eligible to file a claim.

Power Morcellators

A power morcellator is a medical instrument often used in surgeries to remove uterine fibroids and complete other minimally-invasive abdominal surgeries. Unfortunately, recent research has shown that power morcellators can spread uterine cancer, including cancers that have not yet been diagnosed. This can lead to a worsened prognosis, longer treatment and even death of the patient in some cases. Patients who believe one of these devices may have caused their cancer to spread may be able to file lawsuits against the manufacturer.  Contact us for a free consultation to determine whether you may be eligible to file a claim.

Hernia Mesh Products

Hernia MeshHernia mesh products are used to treat a hernia, which is a condition that occurs when the contents of the abdominal cavity protrude through a weak spot in the abdominal wall. These surgical mesh products are used to hold the herniated tissue in place after a repair procedure. Unfortunately, they are associated with a wide variety of complications for patients. Some of the problems that may occur after a hernia repair is completed using defective surgical mesh include recurrence of the hernia, infection, pain, obstruction, adhesions and perforation. These complications can lead to serious injury and even death in the worst cases. Contact us for a free consultation.

Depuy Pinnacle Hip Device

When a patient’s hip joint is too damaged or worn out to function properly, hip replacement surgery is often recommended. A variety of different hip implants can be used in these surgeries. The Depuy Pinnacle Hip Implant is one specific type of implant that has been used in the past. However, many patients who had surgeries involving this device ultimately developed complications related to the implant. This implant is a metal-on-metal hip replacement system, which has been connected to a variety of problems. Metal-on-metal implants release metal particles into surrounding tissue, which increases the levels of certain metals in the patient’s blood, organs and other tissues. Eventually, the patient can develop metallosis, which is a condition that occurs when metallic fragments build up in the patient’s soft tissues. The patient’s organs and tissues ultimately break down, and the device will fail, leading to the need for a revision surgery.

These are just a few of the devices that have already been connected to serious complications for patients. If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered injury or death because of a defective medical device, please contact Cliff Rieders at Rieders, Travis, Dohrmann, Mowrey, Humphrey & Waters today to discuss your options for filing a lawsuit.

Vaginal Mesh Products

Vaginal mesh may be implanted for a variety of reasons, such as after surgery like a hysterectomy.  There have been numerous cases where a variety of vaginal mesh products have caused ongoing injuries, including perforation, bleeding, incontinence and numerous surgeries to remove the mesh.  Contact us today if you believe you may have a claim.

Achieving Results When it Counts

The skilled and experienced medical malpractice and defective medical device attorney Cliff Rieders has spent decades honing his skills and successfully representing Pennsylvania families who have suffered an injury or loss due to someone else’s negligence. We offer personal attention and loyalty to every client, aggressively fighting for their right to compensation. Whether in settlement negotiations or pursuing a favorable trial verdict, we are thoroughly prepared and committed to achieving a just outcome.  With our experienced staff, we offer strength in numbers while providing top-notch personal service.

We have years of experience dealing with the harm that results from defective medical devices. As a result, we have been successful in securing substantial recoveries for legitimate claims.

If you or your loved one has suffered harm from a defective medical device, your next step should be to consult Cliff Rieders at Rieders, Travis, Dohrmann, Mowrey, Humphrey & Waters by calling (570) 323-8711 or by using our online contact form. Based in Williamsport, we serve clients throughout the state of Pennsylvania, offering a free consultation on all personal injury matters. More than that, we offer you experience, knowledge, compassion, and a long history of results.

Attorney Cliff Rieders

Attorney Cliff RiedersCliff Rieders is a Nationally Board Certified Trial Lawyer practicing personal injury law. A large part of his practice involves multi-district litigation, including cases related to pharmaceuticals, vitamin supplements and medical devices. He is admitted in several state and federal courts, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. Rieders is the past regional president of the Federal Bar Association and is a life member of the distinguished American Law Institute, which promulgates proposed rules adopted by many state courts. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. As a founder of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, he served on the Board for 15 years.

Not only has Rieders held many highly esteemed, leadership positions, he authored legislation related to the Patient Safety Authority and the Mcare Act, which governs medical and hospital liability actions in Pennsylvania. He authored texts upon which both practitioners and judges rely, including Pennsylvania Malpractice Laws and Forms, and Financial Responsibility Law Issues in Pennsylvania, the latter governing auto and truck collisions in Pennsylvania. In addition, he wrote several books on the practice of law in Pennsylvania regarding wrongful death and survivor actions, insurance bad faith, legal malpractice claims and worker rights, among others. Rieders also serves as a resource to practitioners as a regular speaker for Celesq, an arm of the world’s largest legal publisher, Thomson Reuters West Publishing.

As recognition of his wide range of contribution to his profession and of his dedication to protecting the rights of his clients, he received numerous awards, among them the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award, the Milton D. Rosenberg Award, the B’nai B’rith Justice Award, and awards of recognition from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. [ Attorney Bio ]