September 17, 2021

Most Common Causes of Medical Device Errors

When medical device errors happen, they can often go detected by patients and even trained medical professionals. However, some medical device errors can result in injuries right away. This leaves some people paying for the consequences of a defective product or improper use. You might be able to file a Mississippi medical device lawsuit if your injuries were caused by negligence. Talk to a Jackson medical device lawyer to learn more.

Common Medical Device Error Causes

Most types of medical device errors can be classified into two main categories, operator failures, and device failures. Operator failures happen when a medical professional misuses the device and this misuse harms the patient. Device failures happen when a defect in the device itself causes harm despite proper use of the device.

There are various operator failures that can happen at various stages of patient treatment. Operator failures can range from choosing the wrong medical device for a patient to failing to use the device correctly. Failing to use the device correctly could mean different things like:

  • Setting the controls incorrectly, Most Common Causes of Medical Device Errors, Germany Law Firm PLLC
  • Not setting up the device the right way
  • Failing to do any pre-use checks
  • Monitoring the device during use to prevent misuse or other errors

Something as seemingly simple as not having enough training to use a medical device could also lead to patient harm. In a court of law, this could potentially be used against a medical professional.

Device failures range from problems with the design to random component failures. When the failure is within the design of the device itself, then the medical professional may not be at fault unless they knew about the flaw. You might be able to sue the product manufacturer for this. Random component failures can happen when a mistake happens during factory production.

Why Are Medical Device Errors Often Not Reported?

Medical device errors happen often, but many go unreported. You might be wondering why medical professionals would not report a medical device error. One potential reason for failing to report a medical device error is not recognizing a device error as serious.

Some medical professionals become so used to minor medical device errors, that they overlook an error harming a patient. What should happen in a situation like this is a report to a risk manager or biomedical engineer. However, if you misinterpret or fail to see an error, this report will go unfiled.

As the patient, you have to be wary of medical device errors to figure out whether any harm you encountered was caused by a device error. Do not hesitate to contact a Jackson medical device lawyer if you suspect this.

Medical Device Lawyer in Jackson

You may not have to pay for the damages you suffered from a defective medical device. Consider calling the Germany Law Firm, PLLC today at (607) 487-0555 to talk to a Mississippi defective product attorney for a consultation. Our legal team might be able to help you obtain compensation for your medical expenses, emotional distress, and lost wages. We are located in Jackson, Madison, Gulfport, Oxford, and other cities in Mississippi.

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