Products Liability – Health equipment
A 58-year-old man underwent a surgical procedure to correct his incontinence due to a prostate operation. Because the surgery was unsuccessful, a urinary prosthesis was implanted to correct the incontinence. The device repeatedly failed and the patient underwent numerous surgical procedures for replacement of parts and of the entire device. He also suffered impotence after
A dentist, while opening a package of elastic ligature thread, suffered a severe laceration of his right thumb when the cutting utensil in the string dispenser flew out of the package. The manufacturer did not warn of this danger and later discontinued the use of this package. The dentist is righthanded, and the injury greatly
Plaintiff, a man in his early 60s, had been implanted with a pacemaker. The device malfunctioned and increased his heartbeat to between 150 and 200 beats per minute (the average being 80-100 beats per minute). He was taken to the hospital for emergency treatment and surgery to regulate the heartbeat, but died soon after.
During an operation an unconscious, anesthetized patient required the administration of air. The anesthesiologist turned on the air from the wall supply and the "quick connect" coupling of the air machine to the wall air supply became disconnected under the pressure of the air. If the coupling had been a screw-type connector instead of a
An elderly woman was undergoing radiation therapy following a mastectomy. When she was strapped to the stretcher assembly of the therapy machine and was being raised into position, the machine failed to shut off, and she was crushed between the stretcher assembly and the machine. It was found that the machine malfunctioned because of a
The plaintiff had pain in her lower back and legs which her doctors were unwilling to continue to control by the administration of medication. She therefore underwent the implantation in her spinal column of a device designed to generate an electrical current that was supposed to block the pain impulses and prevent her from feeling
The plaintiff, a woman in her 20s, was using an IUD as a form of birth control. After repeated complaints of pain and discomfort, her physicians diagnosed an ovarian cyst and recommended surgery. During the operation, however, the surgeon discovered that an infection had spread to her fallopian tubes necessitating their removal. (Shortly afterwards the
A former birth control pill user decided to switch to an IUD as a form of birth control after reading about potential dangers associated with the pill. Her physician inserted an IUD and instructed her on its use. She experienced some bleeding and cramping after insertion. Two years later she developed more severe cramping and
The plaintiff was hospitalized for internal injuries received as a result of a fall in her home. As part of the hospital treatment she was given a blood transfusion. The blood was contaminated and the plaintiff developed a severe case of hepatitis with resultant permanent hepatic damage.
Plaintiff used an electronic machine for figure control from May, 1959 through October, 1969. Because of her use of the machine, plaintiff was caused to develop multiple sclerosis affecting her nervous, muscular and optic systems. The FDA subsequently took these units off the market, as dangerous to health. In January, 1971 the FDA sent out
A woman bought a massage belt unit to lose weight. She used the machine uneventfully for some months, and then she had to have the unit replaced by an identical unit because of a defect in the motor. She used the replacement for over a year, when one day the belt strap which was placed