Learn more about one victim’s struggle and how we’re helping him, here. Patients trust that the health care we receive meets specific efficacy and safety standards. However, when this trust is violated by manufacturers that put dangerous medical devices on the market, we can be left with severe injuries and significant emotional distress. A Connecticut LINX Reflux Recall Lawyer can help you more than anyone.
That’s what’s happened to many people who received the LINX Reflux Management System, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently recalled due to manufacturing defects. If a LINX device has hurt you, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other expenses related to your injuries.
At the law firm of Wocl Leydon Personal Injury Attorneys, our lawyers have advocated for the rights of injury victims in Connecticut for over 30 years. Our experienced team of defective medical device attorneys believes client relationships are important, and everyone deserves compassionate legal representation. We have the experience and skills to take on large corporations and maximize your compensation.
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about your legal options.
What Is a LINX Reflux Device?
The LINX device was designed to treat patients who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This digestive disease occurs when stomach acid repeatedly flows into the esophagus, the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. Also known as acid reflux, this regurgitation can damage the lining of the esophagus, which can lead to an increased risk of esophageal cancer.
The LINX device comprises a band of interlinked titanium beads with internal magnetic cores connected by titanium wires that form a circular ring. The device is surgically implanted around the patient’s esophagus to strengthen the esophageal sphincter muscle and prevent reflux. The device should not prevent or hinder the natural muscle motions that allow food and drink to be swallowed and enter the stomach.
Why Are the LINX Reflux Management System Devices Being Recalled?
The FDA approved the LINX Reflux Management System in 2012 but has since issued a recall of the device after reports of a defect that causes the links to come apart inside a patient’s body. Once the device comes apart, a patient’s GERD symptoms may return, and surgery is required to remove the missing or broken pieces.
What Should I Do If I Have Been Using a LINX Reflux Device?
If you have received a LINX device, talk to your doctor about your concerns right away. If you are experiencing a worsening of your GERD symptoms, notice pain or discomfort, or have difficulty swallowing, your device may be defective. If you are unable to swallow, seek medical care immediately. Contact your physician to discuss your medical options.
A defective medical device can necessitate expensive surgery and leave you with painful injuries and related personal and monetary losses. However, you should not have to bear the consequences of someone else’s mistakes. Our experienced attorneys can help you hold the at-fault manufacturer responsible for their actions.
It’s important to understand that Connecticut’s statute of limitations on defective products gives you only three years from the date of an injury to file a personal injury lawsuit against the party liable for your injuries. Other states have even shorter time periods. If you miss the deadline, you may be unable to seek compensation in civil court. Speak to an attorney as soon as possible, so you don’t lose your opportunity to file a civil suit.
Symptoms of Medical Complications Resulting from a LINX Reflux Device
A defective LINX device can come apart inside a patient’s body, causing GERD symptoms to begin anew and leading to other complications.
Symptoms of GERD can include:
- Chest pain
- Burning sensation in the chest or throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Regurgitation of food and drink
- Pain or soreness in the throat
Patients with a defective LINX device may experience other complications when the device breaks apart. These complications can include:
- Hiatal hernia
- Paraoesophageal hernia
Patients may require additional surgeries to remove the defective device and treat other injuries and complications. They may also experience physical pain and emotional distress.
Potential Compensation for Patients Harmed by a Defective LINX Reflux Device
Pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers must ensure that their products are safe before they can be brought to market. When they fail to do so, they may be legally responsible for the injuries their product causes. Patients injured by a defective product may be entitled to compensation for their losses, including:
- Medical expenses, such as medical bills and costs related to surgery, hospital stays, prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, rehabilitation, and physical therapy
- Lost wages if the patient is unable to work due to their injuries or while recovering
- Loss of future earning potential if the injuries are permanent
- Emotional distress, embarrassment, and inconvenience
- Loss of quality of life if the injuries hinder the patient’s ability to perform or enjoy daily activities
- Pain and suffering, or the physical and emotional distress caused by the injury
Typically, the compensation you are owed will depend on the severity of your injuries and the extent of the related monetary and personal losses you suffered. If you attempt to seek compensation on your own, you could potentially leave out losses for which you should be owed compensation. An experienced attorney can calculate the full extent of your losses and demand the total amount you’re entitled to.
Contact Our Experienced Connecticut LINX Reflux Management System Attorneys Today
If you have been injured by the LINX Reflux Management System or have concerns about your LINX device, contact the defective medical device attorneys with Wocl Leydon Personal Injury Attorneys. Our experienced attorneys have been recognized by the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Super Lawyers for our work with clients across Connecticut.
We can evaluate your case, answer your questions, and explain your legal options for seeking maximum compensation for your losses. Contact us today for a free consultation with our experienced Connecticut LINX Reflux Management System attorneys and find out how we can help you demand the money and justice you deserve.