The jury ordered pain pump manufacturer I-Flow Corp. to pay $4.5 million to a man whose implanted pump caused the cartilage in his shoulder joint to wear almost completely away, a condition known as chondrolysis.
In the first verdict of its kind, an Oregon jury has found for the plaintiff in a case against the manufacturer of a pain pump, awarding $4.5 million to a man for permanent damage to his shoulder joint. The verdict, which included damages paid to his wife for loss of consortium, comes in what many considered a test case for the defense. (Beale v. I-Flow Corp., No. 080101554 (Or., Multnomah Co. Dist. Jan. 22, 2010).)
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In 2004, Matthew Beale, then 35, hurt his right shoulder while playing flag football. After surgery, doctors inserted a pain pump, designed to deliver pain medication directly into his shoulder joint through a catheter.
Over the next few months, Beale complained to his doctors of ongoing pain and “clicking” sounds in his shoulder. Doctors discovered that the cartilage in his shoulder joint was almost completely worn away, a condition known as chondrolysis.
While surgery can repair some of the damage to Beale’s joint, its efficacy is limited. Beale now faces a lifetime of repeated surgeries, constant pain, and limited use of his right arm.
The FDA has approved the use of pain pumps only in soft tissue, not in joints. But I-Flow marketed this use directly to doctors without informing them of the risks. At trial, several doctors testified for the plaintiffs that they would not have used the pumps in joints if they’d known about the dangers.
If you or a family member has been personally injured because of the fault of someone else: by the use of dangerous and defective drugs, bad products, or toxic injury etc then please contact the Dallas Texas Defective Pain Pump Product Liability Attorney Dr. Shezad Malik. For a no obligation, free case analysis, please call 214-390-3189 or Contact Me Online.
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