Defective Medical Product Injury Claims – Design Defects and Manufacturing Defects Explained


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We live in a world of faulty products. It is a harsh reality, but one which patients who have suffered due to a defective medical product are very well aware of. Just last year, a multi-state fungal meningitis infection resulted in over 60 deaths. The problem stemmed from contaminated steroid injection products. Twenty states were affected. States such as New Jersey and Virginia reported over 50 cases. States such as Tennessee and Michigan reported over 150 and 250 cases, respectively.

Defective Medical Product Injury Claims

Under Pennsylvania product injury law, there are two main types of defective product claims made in cases in which a faulty medical device/implant caused injury: design defect and manufacturing defect.

Design Defects in a Defective Medical Product Case

Design defect claims are very common in cases involving medical devices and implants. A device is defectively designed when there is a defect in the way the product was designed that makes it unsafe for use. A design defect exists in each one of the specified products. For example, a syringe is defectively designed when the needle component is not affixed correctly to the pump component. The defective design affects every single syringe.

Manufacturing Defects in a Defective Medical Product Case

Manufacturing defects are also common in defective medical device/implant cases. A product contains a manufacturing defect when there is an error in the manufacturing process that makes it unsafe for use. A manufacturing defect might exist in one product in a batch or all products in a given batch, such as all products made or manufactured in specific time frame. For example, a manufacturing defect exists when an injection/needle is contaminated at the time it is made. Depending on the reason for the manufacturing defect, an entire lot or batch may be defective.


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