Medical devices are a reality for thousands of patients each year, all of whom rely on medical device manufacturers to produce products that are safe to use and made to the highest possible standards. Unfortunately, this trust was violated by Shelhigh, Inc., a medical device company whose products were all recalled in 2007. Here’s what you should know about the Shelhigh device recall:
Shelhigh, Inc. produced a variety of medical devices including heart valve rings, heart valves, meshes, surgical grafts, heart valve conduits, and annuloplasty rings. In 2007, U.S. Marshals directed by the FDA seized all Shelhigh devices in order to stop their distribution. This was due to contamination of the devices, which are implanted internally.
Though the FDA notes significant risk to elderly, extremely ill, very young, and pregnant patients, it has not provided significant information about the specific contamination, the number of patients affected, or the outcomes for the patients who have been injured by the device. Symptoms of infection include drainage or discharge from the operation site, fever, or unusual pain, swelling, redness, or warmth at the implant site.
Though the FDA notes that all patients with a Shelhigh device are not necessarily going to need replacement devices, consultation with a doctor is necessary to evaluate your own case. Patients who have already been affected by the Shelhigh device recall have no recourse but to take Shelhigh to civil court and demand compensation for their injuries, which can prove fatal. Potential damages in a Shelhigh device recall case include pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical care.
Contact a Shelhigh Device Recall Lawyer in Jacksonville
Farah & Farah understands our clients’ outrage and frustration over recalls such as the one affecting Shelhigh devices. Our Jacksonville Shelhigh recall attorneys are here to help you seek the compensation you deserve, and we bring all of our superb resources to bear for each case we take on. If you have been injured or infected by a Shelhigh device, know that you have legal options. You can call Farah & Farah at 855-797-9899 to discuss these options – and whether a Shelhigh lawsuit is right for you – today. Your case evaluation is confidential and free of charge.