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Active participation required in medical device procedures

Medical device technology is life-saving without a doubt. It is safe to say that this technology has enabled innumerable residents of Tennessee to live longer, healthier lives. However, as we do regarding all medical procedures, we urge you to become an active participant when your doctor asks for your consent to use or implant a medical device.

For the record, a medical device can be anything used in the care, treatment and diagnosis of a patient. Even bandages are medical devices, but they rarely result in adverse health conditions when used properly. In most cases, when people think about medical devices, they think about things like hip implants or pacemakers.

Unfortunately, some of these devices can fail, resulting in injury, illness or even death. By becoming an active participant in your health care, it may be possible for you to avoid suffering an injury due to a defective medical device. In many cases, your participation begins by asking your doctor questions about the device and its use. Here are just a few examples of important questions to ask.

  • How does the medical device help you?
  • Does the device present any dangers?
  • What if it fails or malfunctions?
  • Who manufactures the device and does it have a warranty?

Of course, these few examples are just the tip of the iceberg, but we hope it gets you thinking in the right direction. In the end, you should and can have full power over your health care and treatment. If this information comes too late and you have already suffered because of defective medical devices, you may choose to pursue a legal remedy. Our website informs victims about their options for acquiring compensation. Please visit to learn more.

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