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Medical device recalls, next steps for Camden County residents

With advances in technology in recent years, many medical devices have been implemented to aid patients with conditions or illnesses. Usually these medical devices are a blessing that help Camden County patients lead better lives. However, sometimes the device is recalled due to an unintended defect due to manufacturing or design errors or defects. When this happens, many New Jersey residents aren't sure what to do next.

If you are using or have an implanted medical device that has been recalled, the first step is to talk with your doctor. They will be able to give you a new course of action for your health. However, sometimes this course of action requires expensive medical procedures such as surgery.

If surgery or another expensive means is necessary to remove a dangerous medical device, it is important to know if you will be liable for any financial costs associated with the medical device recall.

Likely, those affected by an implanted medical device recall will be liable for some portion of cost to correct the mistake and to plan a new course of action. In order to offset this financial burden, the affected person can seek a products liability suit against the negligent manufacturer or similar party.

Since the party could be proven negligent in the medical device recall, damages could be awarded to affected parties. This is only right since negligent medical device manufacturers are responsible in making a safe and effective product.

If you or a loved one has just learned of a medical device recall that affects them and their health, it is likely a huge shock. Once an affected person has digested the information and done a little research, it may be time to think about long-term financial costs. Health is the most important thing in a person's life and it should not be taken lightly. Because of this, it is important to explore all options when a negligent party has injured you or a loved one.

Source: injury.findlaw.com, "Drugs and Medical Device Recalls," Accessed Nov. 30, 2015

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