When undergoing a surgical procedure, patients and their families assume that they will be in good hands, putting their faith not only in the medical professionals they work with directly but also the manufacturers of medical devices surgeons use.
These days many surgeries include the use of surgical staples instead of sutures to close skin wounds and to connect or seal internal tissues and organs. If all goes well, patients can typically expect a full recovery. However, in cases where a surgical staple malfunctions or a surgeon does not use the device properly, serious injuries can occur including internal bleeding, infection, and damage to internal organs or tissue.
Unfortunately, thousands of patients have been injured and hundreds killed during routine surgeries involving surgical staplers. Injuries are often attributed to device malfunctions including misfiring, and by design defects, manufacturing defects, or a failure to warn consumers of the risks. Of course, errors on the part of the surgeon can and do occur when using a surgical stapler device which can result in serious injuries.
Last year, concerns about surgical staplers only intensified after the discovery of an alternative FDA database – hidden from public view – revealing that since 2016, over a million adverse events including injuries, deaths, and malfunction have been reported involving surgical staplers. The lack of transparency makes it impossible for patients to weigh risks before undergoing a procedure, putting thousands of patients at risk for injury and death across the nation.
When someone is injured as a result of a medical procedure involving a surgical stapler, families may be able to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and sometimes punitive damages when negligence is involved. Contact the Davenport, Iowa medical malpractice attorneys of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for immediate assistance today if you or a family member has been hurt as a result of a surgical procedure gone wrong.