Patients suffering from Infuse bone graft complications after undergoing cervical spine surgery with the medical device do have legal rights and may be able to pursue a lawsuit against the manufacturer, Medtronic. At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C., our defective medical device attorneys are actively pursuing Michigan Infuse bone graft lawsuits on behalf of patients suffering serious injuries or even death.
Michigan Infuse Bone Graft Lawsuits
An Infuse bone graft is a medical device used during back surgery to stimulate bone growth and replace damaged spinal discs. They are pieces of bone or bone substitutes that can replace damaged or diseased bone. Medtronic is the industry leader in producing the bone graft, however, Stryker is also a very large manufacturer of the devices.
Originally, the Medtronic Infuse bone graft was marketed and sold as one of the alternatives to a bone graft from the hip. In 2002, the FDA did grant Medtronic approval for its Infuse bone graft in the lumber spine, lower back, and for some oral and dental procedures. However, the approval was for limited use and allegedly Medtronic encouraged physicians to use the device for off-label procedures, particularly in cervical spine and neck surgeries.
As an outcome of off-label use of bone graft in cervical surgery procedures, there have been numerous reports of patients suffering severe complications from the device. The FDA reports that most Medtronic Infuse bone graft injuries occurred between 2 and 14 days following the surgery. Some of the most common problems include:
- Ectopic bone growth
- Swelling of the neck and throat tissue resulting in compression of airway and nerves
- Respiratory depression
- Nerve damage
- Need for respiratory support
- Need for insertion of feeding tubes
- Additional surgery
In some cases, death has been associated with the off-label use of a Medtronic Infuse bone graft.
Since the FDA has not approved the safety and effectiveness of the device in the cervical spine and patients were not told about the potential risks of serious and permanent injuries related to use of the product, Medtronic can be held liable. Patients injured may be able to file a Michigan Infuse bone graft lawsuit. These claims often result in significant settlements for the patient.
Compensation From Infuse Bone Graft Lawsuits
Filing a Michigan Infuse bone graft lawsuit, means you may be able to collect compensation and seek damages for:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical costs incurred to date
- Medical expenses for any future treatment or surgery
- Lost wages
- Spousal damages
- Punitive damages
If you or your loved one has had an Infuse bone graft implanted during your cervical spine procedure and suffered injuries or complications, call our top rated Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. attorneys now at (800) 606-1717. Our Michigan defective medical device lawyers are currently accepting cases involving Michigan Infuse bone grafts.
For more information on your legal rights and to learn if you are eligible to file a claim, call our award winning office today for your free, no obligation case review. We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means you will not pay any legal fees or costs until we win or settle your case. There is absolutely nothing to lose so call today!