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Tips for handling a medical device recall

Getting old is never fun. There are parts of your body that just decide to stop working properly. Even if you are not that old you might need to have a medical device installed to help you walk, help your heart beat or help you maintain a proper sugar level. Whatever the reason, these devices can fail. They might also be the subject of a recall notice. Here are some tips for handling a medical device recall notice in Nashville.

The first thing you need to do is read the recall notice thoroughly before making any decisions about your device. The device might not be shot entirely. Maybe it needs a part replaced or needs to be calibrated. Either way, you don't want to trash the device before finding out what exactly is wrong with it. This could prevent a big headache.

Can I sue for injuries if I didn't make recall repairs?

Despite efforts automobile manufacturers and government agencies' efforts to make to try to make car owners aware of recalls on their vehicles, the word doesn't reach everyone.

Even when it does, not all motorists take their cars in to have them serviced as recommended. In fact, a 2015 National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) study showed that only 70 percent of all vehicles that end being recalled have these critical repairs performed on them.

100,000 Americans die of pharmaceutical errors annually

Most adverse side effects to a prescription drug often occur because a drug manufacturer, doctor or pharmacist failed to disclose any known harm the medication could do to patients by taking it.

What we hear less about on the news, though, are the potentially fatal risks associated with a pharmacist dispensing the wrong drug to a patient. A recent report published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information shows that as many as 100,000 patients lose their lives annually because of this type of pharmaceutical error. There appear to be many reasons these types of errors occur.

Potential airbag injuries: Watch out for these

It goes without saying that airbags are installed in all new vehicles with the idea of saving lives. However, in the event of a defect in malfunctioning airbags, these safety devices can cause more harm than good.

The primary purpose of an airbag is to provide cushion to the driver and/or passengers in the event of a collision. The incorrect deployment of an airbag can cause injuries including but not limited to:

  • Contusions and abrasions, especially on the upper body and face
  • Broken bones
  • Burns to the upper body and face
  • Concussions and traumatic brain injury
  • Internal bleeding
  • Eye injuries
  • Damage to vital organs
  • Hearing damage
  • Skin irritation

Could a medical device you use be a fake?

Would it shock you to know that 8 percent of medical devices -- including things like plates, surgical mesh and screws that are meant to be inserted inside the bodies of patients -- are fakes?

It would most people. Even many doctors are unaware of how common counterfeit medical devices actually are. It's a worldwide problem, including in the United States, because many real medical devices are shipped in from manufacturers far away -- making it far too easy for cheap replicas to make their way into the mix.

How can you spot a defective tire?

As you drive your car, its tires are the only things making contact with the road. For this reason, it's imperative that they are in good working condition at all times. It only takes one defect to improve the likelihood of being part of an accident.

Here are some of the warning signs that something is wrong with one of your car's tires:

  • Cracking in the sidewalls
  • Uneven tread wear (which is not always caused by a defect)
  • Excessive tread wear, such as new tires beginning to look old within a few months of use
  • Blisters or bulges, especially on the sidewall
  • Excessive vibration when driving your vehicle, especially at high speeds

Importance of automotive recalls in Tennessee

People owns vehicles for various reasons. One of the most common is that they need to get to and from work. Others use them for work itself, to get to school or simply for fun. Whatever the reason, it's important to take care of the vehicle so there are no issues. When a recall notice is given, you need to heed the warning and have the necessary repairs made in Tennessee.

The first thing you should know about a recall notice is that receiving one does not mean the entire car is defective. It usually means that there is something wrong with just one or two parts. The notice will explain in detail the issue with the vehicle and how to get it fixed.

A power tool design defect is a big deal

Are you the type of person who uses power tools day in and day out? Maybe you do so for pleasure around your home. Maybe you use power tools to do your job, such as on a construction site or in a warehouse setting.

Regardless of when, why and how you use power tools, nothing changes the fact that your safety should always come first. Without a focus on your safety and well-being, it's possible you could make a mistake that causes serious bodily harm.

What to expect and do after a pharmacy mistake

When your doctor prescribes a medication, you have every reason to believe that the information will be relayed to your pharmacy without incident.

From there, you also hope that the right medication is provided to you. After all, you're relying on this to help improve a health condition.

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