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The Link Between Medical Devices and Hospital-Acquired Infections

by Staff Blogger | December 21st, 2015

Hospital-Acquired Infection Causes

More than 720,000 hospital-acquired infections are reported each year. While these instances are often linked to hospital cleanliness, the defective product lawyers at Ponce Law explain many are now linked to medical devices that don’t function as intended.

Problems With Forced-Air Warming Blankets

Approximately 80 percent of all hospitals in the United States keep patients warm during surgery with a device that passes heated air through a blanket. The device is effective, but the inventor of one such blanket has come forward saying the use of such technology may be spreading bacteria.

A study on forced-air warming blanket hospital infections published in The Bone and Joint Journal reported that using this technology may increase the risk of deep joint infections by as much as 380 percent.

These blankets aren’t the only devices linked to passing germs, though.

Gastrointestinal Scopes and Superbug Infections

Gastrointestinal scopes manufactured by Olympus Corp. may be linked to dozens of infections that seriously harmed patients. An article from the LA Times explains certain parts of the scopes were often missed during cleanings, allowing potentially deadly bacteria to thrive. The germs were then passed into the bodies of patients during medical procedures.

The Road to Recovery

Putting a stop to hospital-acquired infections should be the responsibility of medical device manufacturers and medical facilities. If you’ve been harmed by the use of a defective medical product, reporting the incident to the proper authorities and seeking out information about your legal rights may help prevent further harm.

Knoxville Company at Center of Investigation Focusing on Faulty Airbags

by Staff Blogger | November 4th, 2015

The manufacturers of auto parts are responsible for ensuring the safety of the products they put on the market. That’s why one Knoxville, Tennessee, company is coming under fire for making a distributing faulty vehicle airbags that are responsible for a number of injuries.

The defective product lawyers at Ponce Law explain investigators are currently looking into claims that airbags made by ARC Automotive, Inc. can explode when activated, causing metal parts and debris to be hurled towards occupants.

WBIR 10 News provides details about two separate car accidents where the faulty airbags were responsible for injuring motorists during crashes. The report explains one of those victims suffered lacerations to the head and chest, a severed vocal cord, a broken jaw, and a collapsed lung. She was placed into a medically-induced coma following the accident, resulting in huge medical bills.

The victim filed a lawsuit against ARC Automotive, claiming they were responsible for here injuries. Both parties reached a settlement in the matter for an undisclosed amount in damages.

As many as 500,000 vehicles could be affected by the faulty parts. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is continuing to work towards determining the full scope of the problem.

Protecting the safety of all motorists on the road is a top priority for each member of Ponce Law, which is why our Nashville car accident attorneys are hopeful action will soon be taken to correct the problems with vehicles equipped with these airbags.

GM Receives Deferred Prosecution in Ignition Recall Case

by Staff Blogger | September 18th, 2015

General Motors (GM) has put billions of vehicles on roads worldwide over the years, but the company recently admitted to withholding information that could have prevented hundreds of car accidents.

Reports began to surface several years ago of ignition switches in GM vehicles turning to the off position while vehicles were in motion. This left the driver unable to gain control of the vehicle and in many cases, led to crashes. In several instances, the vehicles’ airbags also failed to deploy because the ignition switch was in the “off” position during a crash.

These accidents prompted an investigation that eventually led to the GM ignition recall, and the company is facing both criminal and civil charges in the matter.

It was recently announced that GM had reached an agreement with federal prosecutors to receive deferred prosecution of the criminal charges as long as several stipulations were met.

According to USA Today, GM agreed to admit they failed to inform federal agencies of information about the potential safety defect and also that the company misled consumers regarding the risks faulty ignition switches could pose. GM will pay $900 million in penalties, as well as be required to overhaul their recall process.

At Ponce Law, one of our missions is to hold corporations accountable for their actions when innocent people get hurt. Our defective product lawyers are hopeful that the outcome of this case serves as a warning to others in the industry to make vehicle safety a priority.

New Investigation Launched Into Device’s Role in Causing Uterine Surgery Cancer

by Staff Blogger | August 30th, 2015

When the laparoscopic power morcellator was released onto the market, many believed the device would revolutionize the way certain surgeries were performed. That’s because the tool had the ability to grind tissue inside the body so it could be more easily removed in a less invasive manner. What experts didn’t realize though, is that use of the power morcellator may have been putting patients at serious risk of cancer.

Our Nashville uterine surgery cancer lawyers at Ponce Law say it’s estimated that 1 in 350 women may have dormant cancer cells in their bodies and when the power morcellator is used to grind tissues, those cells can be released. The cancerous masses can then spread and grow in other parts of the body.

While several studies have cited the increased risk of developing cancer as the result of undergoing a procedure utilizing the power morcellator, little has been done to prevent it from being used.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigated the safety of the device, but found no need to pull it from the market. Instead, the agency issued a warning about the dangers the device may pose.

According to an article from The Wall Street Journal, this lack of action has prompted several members of Congress to call on the Government Accountability Office to conduct their own investigation into the FDA’s recommendations.

At Ponce Law, we understand the risks a faulty medical device can pose to patient safety. That’s why our defective product lawyers are hopeful the investigation being conducted into the safety of power morcellators can raise awareness about the dangers of these devices.

NHTSA Conducting Investigation Into Jeep Grand Cherokee Roll-Away Accidents

by Staff Blogger | August 25th, 2015

There can be countless factors that play a role in a car crash, but one of the most dangerous is defective car parts. A problem with a piece of equipment on your vehicle can quickly lead to a deadly crash and all too often, these problems aren’t discovered until it’s too late.

The Nashville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law point out that faulty car parts could be to blame for a number of crashes involving Jeep Grand Cherokees. Reports indicate the Jeeps have rolled away after the vehicles were parked, causing a number of collisions and injuries.

According to Reuters, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated it will launch an investigation into the safety of the Jeep Grand Cherokee after receiving 14 reports of Jeeps rolling away. Those incidents resulted in five crashes that left three people with injuries.

The NHTSA said the vehicles are equipped with a new type of gear-changing system that could possibly be to blame for the problem. If this is the cause of the vehicles rolling away, it could result in more than 408,000 vehicles being recalled.

At Ponce Law, we understand the dangers faulty car parts can pose to all those who are in and around the affected vehicle and we’re hopeful the investigation being conducted into the safety of the Jeep Grand Cherokee can improve highway safety for all.