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Man Sues Manufacturer over Defective Pain Pump

Posted by Administrator (admin) on Mar 11 2010 at 2:04 PM
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MARSHALL – A man is suing Moog Inc., Stryker Corp., Stryker Sales Corp., McKinley Medical, Curlin Medical and Linvatec Corp., claiming that one of the medical devices made or marketed by the defendants was unreasonably and dangerously defective.

A pain pump was implanted into Michael Johnson’s joint cavity after undergoing two arthroscopic surgeries on his shoulder. The purpose of the pump was to inject a pain relief medication directly into his shoulder joint on a continuous basis for up to 72 hours following his surgeries.

Johnson alleges the pain pump caused his shoulder cartilage to collapse, eventually resulting in a complete shoulder joint replacement.

“If I was aware of the side effects of the pain pump, I or my surgeon would not have used the device,” Johnson says.

Johnson filed his complaint on February 26 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

Johnson argues that the defendants didn’t warn him or his surgeon regarding the risk associated with using the pain pump in this manner. Additionally, Johnson claims that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has specifically prohibited the marketing of pain pumps with anesthetics for placement into the joint cavity.

Johnson states that the defendants are responsible for negligence and strict product liability, including design, defect and failure to warn.

Johnson is seeking a compensation of more than $75,000, in addition to punitive damages.


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