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Supreme Court allows state product liability lawsuits against defective medical device manufacturers

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The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a decision which allows victims of defective medical devices to file parallel lawsuits against manufacturers of those products.

According to a report at AllHeadlineNews.com, medical device maker Stryker Corp. had its appeal of a lawsuit filed by an Illinois woman who received one of the company’s defective hip implants denied by the high court. The Supreme Court decision agrees with a federal Appeals court decision in Chicago in 2008 that allowed those injured by defective medical devices to file parallel claims against the manufacturer.

Stryker argued that it was not eligible to face state product liability lawsuits because its device was approved by the Food and Drug Administration, which they said should protect the company from those legal actions.

The report indicates Margaret Bausch received a defective Stryker Corp. hip implant less than a week after the FDA issued a warning to the manufacturer concerning the conditions at its Cork, Ireland, manufacturing facility. Citing sub-standard conditions and manufacturing deficiencies, Stryker was essentially forced to recall hip and knee implants manufactured in Ireland due to deficiencies which led directly to patient injuries.

There are numerous reasons to file product liability lawsuits against the manufacturer of defective medical devices. Not only can the defective devices lead to serious injuries or infections, victims are forced to deal with the cost of correcting the damage caused by the devices through revision surgeries.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Supreme Court allows state product liability lawsuits against defective medical device manufacturers was posted on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 at 6:05 am at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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