Many have heard about the claims surrounding metal-on-metal hip replacements. Certain models are being declared defective products by orthopedic experts, and a number of lawsuits have been filed in order to seek reparations for the damage caused by the alleged manufacturing flaws, specifically in the case of DePuy Orthopaedics ASR XL Acetabular Hip System.
If claims made in a products liability suit are true, a man who underwent surgery that involved a robotic device was injured when the machine malfunctioned. The surgery, which happened in September 2010, was going to address the man's prostate cancer, but when the DaVinci Robotic Surgical device malfunctioned, the operation lasted longer than expected. Complications arose due to this delay and now, the manufacturer of the surgical device, Intuitive Surgical Inc., has been named as a defendant. This is not the first time that a robotic medical device has been a central issue within a lawsuit. Other defendants include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Jefferson University Physicians and Jefferson Urology Associates. The surgeon who performed the procedure was also named as a defendant until his name was removed from an amended complaint.
Another person has filed a lawsuit against Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and McKesson Corporation for its product, Pradaxa. The drug is an anticoagulant that came into the market during October 2010; quickly, it would take the place of Warfarin as the medication that most physicians used when blood thinning was needed. But unlike Warfarin, Pradaxa may not have an antidote to its effects and these effects have now been connected to hundreds of fatalities. Many of the bereaved families and injured patients have joined together in a multidistrict litigation suit located in southern Illinois. But the most recent claim -- which came earlier this month -- was filed by a single woman who believes that Pradaxa caused her to become a widow.
Few people consider the possibility that store-bought food will cause an unexpected illness. This lack of caution can be harmful, considering the recent allegations made by a woman who is currently in the hospital. According to reports, she was hospitalized after consuming berries she purchased from Costco. Soon after, she filed a product liability and negligence suit. In that filing, she accused Costco of selling her a product that caused her to contract hepatitis A. The manufacturer of the berries -- Townsend Farms Corporation -- was named in the lawsuit as well.