Defective Insulin Pump Attorney
How a Medical Injury Attorney Can Help
An insulin pump is a useful tool for controlling blood sugar levels and eliminates the need for individual insulin injections. Individuals who are suffering from diabetes are attracted to the ease and small size of insulin pumps, especially when individuals are extremely active. Insulin pumps are worn outside the body and they deliver a precise amount of insulin to the body through a small tube that is inserted into the skin. Even though the wearer must still check their blood sugar often, they only have to replace the vial of insulin every two or three days.
There are many types of insulin pumps available on the market, and healthcare providers will usually pick an insulin pump that will work well for an individual's health situation. If you have chosen to use an insulin pump, it is important that you are fully informed on the risks and dangers associated with certain insulin pumps.
There are many factors that contribute to the usability and safety of an insulin pump, including:
- Battery type
- Safety alarms
- Safety features
- Waterproof capabilities
- Method of tubing used to connect the pump to the body
It is wise to seek counsel from your healthcare provider and other medical experts who can discuss these factors with you so that you can make the most knowledgeable choice.
What Causes an Insulin Pump to Malfunction?
Because of the intricate nature of insulin pumps, a manufacturer must be extremely careful to test the pumps for failures before the pump goes for sale on the market. Common problems with insulin pumps can include keypad malfunctions, tubing malfunctions, and alarm errors. If you or someone you love has experienced problems with your insulin pump that were not caused by personal negligence or carelessness, you may be able to seek compensation.
The companies that make insulin pumps have been known to ignore reports of pump malfunctions, and they will continue to sell the malfunctioning pumps as long as they meet all "product specifications." In past situations, malfunctioning insulin pumps have caused patients to go into diabetic ketoacidosis or require an insulin drip. Malfunctioning pumps have also led to serious injuries such as respiratory failure, hypoglycemia, and even a coma.
Defective Johnson & Johnson Insulin Pumps
Johnson & Johnson subsidiary company Animas has been knowingly selling insulin pumps that they knew would fail. Animas has also failed repeatedly to report the injuries of those who have suffered from using their devices. Regulators at the Food and Drug Administration have recalled the One Touch Ping insulin pump device as well as the 2020 insulin pumps after numerous reports of malfunction. There have been reports of patients being hospitalized for high blood sugar, coma, respiratory failure, and diabetic ketoacidosis which could be life-threatening.
A person who has diabetes relies heavily on their insulin pump to maintain a healthy blood sugar. Without it, they have nothing to monitor their blood sugar levels which could lead to serious health complications. If a pump fails to alarm the person wearing it, or the tube or keypad malfunctions, a person is at a high risk of going into diabetic shock or suffering from one of the previously listed symptoms. J&J and Animas are responsible for the testing of their insulin pumps to make sure they work and maintaining honest communication with the FDA so defective pumps do not reach the public. Unfortunately this has not been the case, and many are being hospitalized due to their negligence.
Contact a Defective Medical Device Lawyer Today!
When an insulin pump malfunctions, an individual's life may be in danger. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we understand the life-changing impact that a defective medical device can have on an individual and their family. With our help, you may be able to file an insulin pump lawsuit against the manufacturer responsible for your injuries. Take action to protect your rights and the future safety of other diabetics as well, call today.
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