An Oregon man won a $4.5 million verdict in first of its kind trial on pain pumps patients use in their joints to alleviate pain. The law firm handling the case pointed out during the 2 week trial that:
“the FDA had only approved the pain pump for use in the body for soft tissue surgery and had actually denied multiple requests by I-Flow to use it in joint surgery. “First, I-Flow tried to get it approved for intra-articular surgery, and the FDA said no. Then they said proximal to the intra-articular space, and the FDA said no. Then they asked for approval in orthopedic surgery, and the FDA said no. Then they changed it to the synovial cavity, and the FDA said no. That’s four times total they were told no by the FDA,” Coletti said.
Unfortunately, I-Flow and other manufacturers pressed forward telling surgeons it was safe to use in joints following surgery. Now, thousands of victims are popping up needing shoulder replacement surgery following the improper and unauthorized use of this device. Gregory & Swapp is handling these cases. If you or someone you know has been injured following joint surgery, please contact us right away to preserve your rights to a claim. For more information, please visit our joint injury website.