Defective Drugs and Medical Devices Lawsuits

We trust our healthcare providers and the medication they prescribe to help us heal from injuries and manage medical conditions.

However, injuries caused by defective drugs and medical devices are more common than ever. Drugs and devices that are intended to make people feel better and improve health issues can actually cause intense suffering, leaving patients worse off than they were prior to being exposed to these drugs or medical devices.

Companies responsible for creating and distributing these defective solutions seem unconcerned with the havoc they have caused and the lives they’ve impacted. The companies have one goal in mind: Profit.

This is no way to treat individuals simply seeking out a safe cure to a medical issue.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective drug or medical device, a skilled product liability attorney can review your case together with you and work to get you the compensation you deserve. Call the St. Louis drug and defective medical device attorneys at Niemeyer, Grebel and Kruse today for your free case evaluation – 314-241-1919.

Where do defective drugs and medical devices come from?

Pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers want to get their products to market as soon as possible, so that they can start making money from them. In many cases, they’re often racing directly against other companies trying to bring similar medical products to market.

This race to market can introduce opportunities for things to go wrong, and sometimes they do. In some cases, errors occur during the design phase of a product. In others, manufacturing defects lead to problems with a finished product. And in still others, issues arise during the marketing and distribution of a drug or medical device.

If you have been injured by a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact the St. Louis prescription drug and medical device attorneys at Niemeyer, Grebel and Kruse today for a free case evaluation – 314-241-1919.

What are some examples of dangerous medical products?

There are many examples of defective drugs and medical devices that have injured patients over the years. Some of the more well-known examples include:

  • Transvaginal Mesh Implants: Mesh implants used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence that have been linked to a number of serious complications, including pain, infection, and organ perforation.
  • Vioxx: A painkiller that was taken off the market in 2004 after it was linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Ortho Evra: A birth control patch that was found to increase the risk of blood clots, heart attacks and strokes.
  • Yaz: A birth control pill that has been linked to an increased risk of blood clots, heart attacks and strokes.
  • Guidant Defibrillators: Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) that were recalled in 2005 after it was discovered that they could fail without warning.
  • Stryker Hip Implants: Metal-on-metal hip replacement implants that were recalled in 2012 after it was discovered that they could corrode and release metal particles into the bloodstream.

These are just a few examples of drugs and medical devices that were found to produce adverse effects in patients using the products. In many of these cases, affected patients were able to join class action lawsuits against the manufacturers behind those products.

How an attorney can help you navigate your claim

When you work with the experienced product liability attorneys at Niemeyer, Grebel and Kruse, you can expect peace of mind as we work tirelessly to get the best possible result for your case.

When you are injured by one of these products, you may face a number of financial challenges. These challenges can include:

  • Medical Bills: If you are injured by a defective drug or medical device, you may need to seek additional medical treatment. This treatment can be expensive, and you may have to pay for it out of your own pocket if your insurance doesn’t cover it.
  • Lost Wages: In some cases, these injuries can lead to missed time from work. This can result in a loss of income that can be difficult to recover from.
  • Pain and Suffering: In addition to the physical pain caused by your injuries, you may also suffer from emotional distress. This can lead to a decrease in your quality of life, and you may be entitled to compensation for this as well.

With a 98% client success rate and more than $700 million recovered for our clients, the attorneys at NGK Law have a proven track record of success in product liability cases. From the day we begin working together, you can expect:

  • Transparent, honest and easy-to-understand communication about your case and the options ahead of you.
  • Thorough investigation into your case, including FDA records, which can show that the manufacturer knew the drug or device had safety issues.
  • A commitment to obtain the maximum possible compensation for your case. As experienced pharmaceutical and medical device lawyers, we know the evidence to gather to support your claim for damages.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective drug or medical device, call the attorneys at Niemeyer, Grebel and Kruse today for a free consultation – 314-241-1919.


  • What is the FDA’s role in defective medical device lawsuits?

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a responsibility to protect the public from dangerous drugs and medical devices. It does this through a rigorous approval process and ongoing monitoring after a drug or device has been approved.

    As part of its monitoring process, the FDA collects data from healthcare providers, users and distributors who have firsthand knowledge of malfunctioning devices. This data can be used in defective medical device lawsuits to prove that the manufacturer knew the device had safety issues but put the public at harm anyway.

  • What is the statute of limitations for a defective drug or medical device lawsuit?

    The statute of limitations depends on where the injury occurred. Different states have longer or shorter statutes of limitation. This means that victims have four years after the date of injury to take legal action against a seller or manufacturer of a defective device. Contact NGK Law to find out the statute of limitations applicable to your case.

  • What are other examples of defective drug and medical device lawsuits?

    Members of the public have the right to expect that the drugs and medical devices they use won’t expose them to any unnecessary harm. For defective drugs, a victim may have a valid claim in the case of:

    • Severe and/or dangerous side effects resulting in illness or serious injury
    • Physical or psychological dependence
    • Birth defects
    • Allergic reactions
    • Heart attacks and strokes
    • Drug toxicity

    For defective medical devices, the most common causes for claims are:

    • Design flaws (both in the device and software)
    • Incorrect packing or labeling
    • Medical devices that unexpectedly break or fail
    • Nonconforming materials

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