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Medtronic Infuse Defective Medical Product

Attorneys at Gilreath & Associates in Memphis help victims recoup losses stemming from defective medical products like Medtronic Infuse

It was recently discovered that Medtronic, the world's largest medical technology company (...and a Fortune 500) along with its doctors, put thousands lives at risk when they failed to provide a safe product to their patients. The defective product in question —the Infuse Bone Graft treatment system— was found to expose individuals to a number of life-threatening side effects.

If you or a loved one has suffered from these side effects, legal recourse may be an appropriate course.

As with all personal injury litigation, your claim must be filed before a particular deadline to be eligible (known as the statute of limitations), so anyone who believes they may have been injured in some way by the Medtronic Infuse device should seek expert legal counsel as soon as possible.

Is the Medtronic Infuse approved by the FDA?
Medtronic did obtain FDA-approval for their Infuse Bone Graft System back in 2002 for a specific lower spine procedure.

It's been reported though that the company has marketed the device as safe for “off-label” use as well. The system has since become widely used in a variety of back and neck procedures that helped generate more than $3 billion in revenue for the manufacturer.

As a result of off-label use, the Infuse system has resulted in a number of harmful side effects, including:

  • Paralysis
  • Nerve damage
  • Sexual dysfunction and male infertility
  • Respiratory failure; swelling of the airways
  • A significantly higher risk of cancer; and
  • Death

The source of most of these side effects is the genetically-engineered human protein (rhBMP-2). Many surgeons who have used the system for off-label procedures gave patients high doses of rhBMP-2 – often times much higher than what are approved by the FDA.

While doctors are free to use drugs and medical products beyond their official uses, drug companies and manufacturers are prohibited from marketing their devices for off-label use and deliberately concealing known side effects.

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Tennessee Medtronic Infuse Recall Attorneys

Gilreath & Associates are currently taking Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft injury claims – if you've suffered from any of the side effects of Medtronic Infuse, we can help you obtain compensation for:

  • Any hospitalization costs relating to your Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft procedure
  • Past and future medical bills incurred due to the procedure
  • Pain and suffering cause by the side effects of rhBMP-2
  • Lost wages due to complication from the Infuse side effects
  • Disability payments for being incapacitated by the bone graft procedure
  • And more...

If you have received an off-label Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft in the past —even if it was as far back as 2003— and experienced one of the known side effects, contact a defective medical product attorney at Tennessee's Gilreath & Associates immediately.

What should I do if a defective product has injured my family or me?

  1. Secure the product in a safe place.
  2. Secure any documentation about the product including packaging, manuals, instruction booklets etc.
  3. Do not give the product to the manufacturer for "testing." All defective product cases are won or lost in the early days following the accident. Remember, a defective product must be secured immediately. Never assume that no one will want the wreckage of a destroyed automobile or ATV. Manufacturers are always on the lookout to secure and destroy evidence. If the evidence cannot be bought or found put everyone on notice, including owners, tow operators, wrecking yards, police impounds, and the like. If they are directed to preserve important evidence and fail to do so, they can be subject to suit for destruction of evidence.
  4. Contact a lawyer. It is critical to the success of your case that you consult with a qualified attorney who specializes in product liability immediately if you have been injured by a defective product. The laws are complex and filings have a specific time limit. Do not delay in protecting your rights.

We will provide you with a free consultation of your case, and answer any questions you have. In the meantime, you can learn more about the Medtronic Infuse and defective medical products in general by visiting our blog and Tennessee Personal Injury Guide.

And contact us at 1.800.637.7024 to discuss your individual Medtronic Infuse case NOW.

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