Signs of a Defective Cochlear ImplantSome of the signs and symptoms that may indicate that a patient has been given defective cochlear implants include:
- complete loss of sound;
- sudden loud noise;
- popping sound;
- sudden pain or discomfort; and/or
- on-and-off functioning of the device.
When cochlear implants are used in children it can be difficult to know if the implants have become defective.
Some of the signs to look for in children who wear cochlear implants include:
- doesn’t want to wear the external headpiece;
- becomes disturbed (cries or fusses) when sound processor is turned on;
- seems to have no audiological benefit; and
- speech and/or language progression is either slowed or lacking.
Additionally, parents whose child relies upon cochlear implants should be aware of the signs of bacterial meningitis. These warning signs may indicate a potentially serious or fatal problem with the cochlear implants.
Signs of bacterial meningitis may include:
- stiff neck;
- change in behavior; and
Illinois Product Liability Claim Related to Defective Cochlear ImplantsIf you received defective cochlear implants and they resulted in the need for additional surgeries, you may be eligible to file an Illinois product liability claim. An Illinois product liability claim can hold the manufacturer or any other party that is involved in the making and selling of defective cochlear implants liable for your additional medical expenses.
Medical Malpractice Claim Related to Defective Cochlear ImplantsHealthcare providers are expected to inform parents of any risks that may be involved when using a medical device on children. Children outfitted with cochlear implants should be carefully monitored for signs of bacterial meningitis. If a doctor fails to provide a standard of care that prevents a child from being further injured, they may be held liable.
Whether you have suffered injuries related to a defective device or illness because of cochlear implants, a Chicago injury lawyer can help you determine whether it is appropriate to file an Illinois medical malpractice or an Illinois product liability claim based on the facts of your case.
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