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A doctor holding a chartA Philadelphia jury recently awarded $34 million in damages to a woman injured by a defective medical device. The device was a blood filter that was designed to prevent blood clots from traveling into the woman’s lungs. The filter was designed and intended to be removable, but in 2016, doctors were unable to remove the device after a three-hour medical procedure. The device punctured her inferior vena cava vein (one of the main veins into your heart) as well as her aorta, renal vein, and pancreas. The woman’s attorney argued that the device could cause organ failure and even death so long as it remains in her body.  

Shifting the Blame

The plaintiff claimed that the manufacturer, Rex Medical, knew that the device was potentially dangerous and could become embedded in patients and extremely difficult to remove. The lawsuit also claimed that the manufacturer failed to do sufficient clinical testing to ensure it was safe and failed to warn consumers of the potential hazards. 

Shelves in a storeWhen you go to the store and buy merchandise, the last thing you expect is that the product you purchased will malfunction and injure you in the process. That, unfortunately, is sometimes what happens. When defective products malfunction, consumers can suffer severe head injuries, eye injuries, scratches and cuts, broken bones, and soft tissue injuries.

If you have been injured by a defective product that you purchased, you might be able to pursue a legal cause of action against the product manufacturer and anyone else who is in the chain of product distribution. At Slappey & Sadd, LLC, our litigators have been representing individuals injured by defective products for many years. Our lawyers handle defective product cases all over the State of Georgia, in areas like Fulton County, DeKalb County, Gwinnett County, Muscogee County, Newton County, Richmond County, Troup County, Walton County, and Whitfield County. Let our knowledgeable legal team help you bring a product liability claim today.

How are Products Defective?

A scooter with blue wheelsWe first wrote about electric scooters back in December, in light of their growing popularity in urban areas along with media reports concerning serious injury. We then learned about a case involving two Georgia Southern University students who were seriously injured while riding a Lime scooter. More recently, we wrote about the Atlanta City Ordinance that was just adopted in order to clean up our sidewalks and protect the public. We’ve now learned that an Atlanta man sued e-scooter company Bird on March 8th as a result of injuries suffered in January.

Lawsuit Alleges Mechanical Failure

The plaintiff in the lawsuit, Simon Clopton, claims that he was riding the scooter on the Georgia Tech campus when it suddenly braked and went left. The sudden stop threw him to the ground, resulting in a broken arm and leg and $156,000 in medical bills. Mr. Clopton claims to have been on the scooter for only one or two minutes when the accident occurred. He does not know how fast he was going, but the scooters are capable of traveling at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. Mr. Clopton claims in his lawsuit that Bird knowingly rented scooters with faulty brakes.

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