Dangerous Drug & Medical Device Lawyers
Taking Legal Action Against Manufacturers & Other Liable Parties
When pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices malfunction or fail, they can cause serious and even life-threatening injuries. At The Potts Law Firm, our attorneys are dedicated to holding manufacturers and other parties responsible for damages caused by their negligence. If you or your loved one was injured due to a dangerous drug or medical device, our experienced team of attorneys can help you seek compensation.
Potts Law Firm proudly accepts challenging and complex defective drug and medical device cases from across the U.S. We are experienced at holding large and powerful companies accountable for the harm and suffering they cause.
We work hard to represent clients who have faced unimaginable losses due to the negligent or fraudulent conduct of drug and medical device manufacturers, distributors, and other parties. From high-stakes personal injury claims to mass tort litigation, we devote our full efforts to obtaining justice on behalf of victims and their families.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our defective drug and medical device lawyers, call (888) 420-1299 or contact us online. Hablamos español.
Common Types of Defective Drugs & Medical Devices
All types of pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices can be defective. A product is considered “defective” if it contains a design flaw, manufacturing error, or marketing/labeling defect, such as missing safety warnings or instructions.
Some of the most common types of defective drugs and medical devices include:
- Metal hip replacements
- Knee replacements
- Transvaginal mesh
- Drug-coated stents
- IVC blood clot filters
- Da Vinci surgical robots
- Birth control devices, such as IUDs
- Birth control pills
- Acne medications
- Diabetes drugs
- Heart disease and stroke medications
- Blood thinners
This is by no means an exhaustive list; if you or someone you love was harmed by one of the defective drugs or medical devices listed here or another one not listed here, reach out to The Potts Law Firm to learn how our attorneys can help.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Defective Drug or Medical Device?
In many cases, the pharmaceutical company that manufactured and/or distributed the defective drug or medical device is liable for resulting damages. In any case, it is important to identify the type of defect the pharmaceutical drug or medical device contains, as this typically points to who is liable.
Generally speaking, all products—including drugs and medical devices—can contain one or more of the following defects:
- Design Defects: A design defect refers to a flaw in the product’s design, making it inherently unsafe for normal consumer use. In defective drugs and medical devices, this often appears as drugs and medical devices that fail to work as intended or advertised. It can also include drugs and medical devices that cause excessive side effects that harm the user.
- Manufacturing Defects: Manufacturing defects occur when a product is correctly and safely designed, but a flaw is introduced during production, rendering the product unreasonably unsafe for typical use. For example, a drug that becomes contaminated during production or a medical device that is manufactured with missing parts would be considered defective.
- Labeling/Marketing Defects: A labeling or marketing defect refers to missing or incomplete warnings, instructions, and other important labels required for the safe use of the product, as well as misleading or false advertising. One way this might appear is a pharmaceutical drug that is marketed for a use for which it has not been properly tested.
Once we have identified the type of defect a pharmaceutical drug or medical device has, we can determine who is liable for your damages, whether that’s the manufacturer or another party.
Types of Dangerous Drug & Medical Device Claims We Handle
The defective drug and medical device lawyers at The Potts Law Firm assist clients who have been harmed by the following:
We represent clients in single-plaintiff litigation, as well as mass torts and class action lawsuits. Our firm has the extensive experience and considerable resources required to effectively pursue these cases. Get in touch with us today to learn more during a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
Learn how we can assist you with your dangerous drug or medical device claim; call (888) 420-1299 or contact us online for a complimentary consultation.
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Why Choose The Potts Law Firm for Your Dangerous Drug or Medical Device Claim?
Our firm has the resources, experience, and skills to advocate for you and effectively pursue the full, fair compensation you are owed. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of everyday people against the interests of powerful pharmaceutical companies—and we have the track record to prove it.
We have built our reputation on honesty, integrity, and reliability. You can trust our defective drug and medical device attorneys to be there for you every step of the way through the legal process, providing consistent communication and updates on the status of your case. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and can address your concerns during a free initial case review.
Q:Will I owe the law firm money if we don’t win my case?
No, you will not owe Potts Law Firm anything if we don’t win your case. This is a gamble that we are willing to take.
Q:Does the law firm or lawyers always pay the upfront expenses of the case?
Yes, most of the time, as you’ve just read. There are a few exceptions when a law firm might not pay the upfront expenses of a personal injury lawsuit. The first instance is when the case is not very strong but the client still wishes to go ahead with the lawsuit. An attorney may not wish to undertake all the high financial risk of a tenuous case by paying all the upfront expenses and relying only on a contingency fee.
Another instance occurs where a reasonable settlement offer is made to the client but the client refuses to accept the offer against the advice of the law firm. If the client wishes to continue to pursue the case in the hope of receiving more money, the client will need to pay for future expenses and may be required to reimburse the law firm for prior expenses.
Q:What does “contingency agreement” mean?
This means that the law firm will work on your case and usually advance the expenses of litigation, but will not charge you unless and until they recover monetary damages for you.
Q:What types of lawsuits do personal injury lawyers handle?
There are many different kinds of injuries that are handled by personal injury lawyers and some lawyers specialize in certain types of cases.
The most common kinds of personal injury claims include the following:
- Traffic accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, buses, etc.
- Work-related accidents, including those that involve workers’ compensation
- Slip and fall accidents
- Assault-related injuries, including sexual assault injuries
- Accidents occurring in someone’s home
- Product liability (defective product manufacture or design defects)
- Medical malpractice, including birth injuries
- Toxic torts or industrial disease claims, such as injuries resulting from asbestos, mesothelioma, lead poisoning, chest-related diseases
- Job-related stress disorders, such as deafness, occupational stress, contact dermatitis, and repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome
Transvaginal Mesh Settlements Over $1 Billion
The Potts Law Firm and its joint venture partners have been successful in resolving over $1 billion in transvaginal mesh settlements. Derek H. Potts was one of a handful of plaintiffs’ lawyers from around the country who spearheaded the establishment of what would become the largest medical device MDL consolidations in history.
Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch $184 Million
Derek H. Potts was a member of the Kugel Mesh MDL Plaintiffs Steering Committee which was instrumental in obtaining a $184,000,000 global settlement for several thousand persons who had received the Kugel Mesh hernia patch.
ERISA Class Action Settlement $36 Million
Potts Law Firm served as class counsel in the ERISA class action, Diebold, et al. v. Northern Trust Investments, N.A. et al., 09-Civ-1934 (Diebold), in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois where the Court approved a collective settlement of $36 million dollars for class representatives resulting in millions of dollars returned to investors.
Paraplegic Minor $12 Million
Derek H. Potts and Timothy L. Sifers obtained a $12,100,000 verdict against Lisa Gard, M.D. for medical malpractice involving a minor. The jury found the Salina emergency room doctor to be negligent in her assessment of the minor upon presentation in the emergency room, failing to timely diagnose a rare spinal condition. The case was one of the largest verdicts in history in the State of Kansas.
Fraud Against Lender $10.7 Million
Potts Law Firm represented a United States Bankruptcy Trustee. The case stemmed from the massive bankruptcy of Royce Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in the country. Micah and Chris represented the bankruptcy Trustee against a multitude of defendants, including the chief Lender, for claims related to the homebuilder’s downfall and the fraudulent transfer of assets from the rightful owners, the creditors.
Birth Injury $4.6 Million
Derek H. Potts and Samuel Cullan were members of the plaintiff's trial team which obtained a $4,600,000 verdict for a minor delivered at Bethany Medical Center. Ariana Wilburn, the minor, suffered a spinal cord presentation after being born in the breech position.
Hypoxic-Ischemic Birth Injury $3.5 Million
Potts Law Firm secured a $3,500,000 settlement for a single mother whose infant suffered severe brain damage while being delivered in a New Mexico hospital. The mother, having no previous pregnancy or medical issues, began laboring and immediately went to a hospital. Despite the clear signs of fetal distress and hypoxia (lack of oxygen), the doctor and nurse did not order an emergency cesarean section.
Fraudulent Transfers $2.42 Million
Potts Law Firm represented a Bankruptcy Trustee, resulting in a combined $2.42 million being recovered for creditors of ATP Oil & Gas Company. The claims related to fraudulent transfers of overriding royalty interests in oil & gas properties made by ATP in a failed attempt to liquidate the assets of the company.
Catastrophic Injuries $3.5 Million
Derek H. Potts was co-lead counsel with Thomas Cartmell in representing John Novogradac of Kansas City whose health was neglected during his stay at two nursing home facilities. Mr. Novogradac developed bedsores on his body and had above-knee amputations on both legs after his wounds became severely infected with gangrenous and dead tissue.
Pharmaceutical Birth Defect $1.05 Million
Potts Law Firm secured a $1,050,000 settlement for a mother whose infant suffered birth defects from a pharmaceutical drug that was taken during pregnancy. Though the migraine drug manufacturer knew the medication could cause a fetus to develop a cleft lip and/or cleft palate when consumed by the mother during the early stages of pregnancy, they failed to warn consumers about these dangers.