Cochlear implants are electronic hearing devices that can be helpful for children and adults who are deaf. When hearing aids don’t work, cochlear implants can help by producing hearing sensations as nerves within the inner ear are electrically stimulated.
Unfortunately, some cochlear implants have also been recalled for defective failures, along with being linked to bacterial meningitis in children.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you may be entitled to file an Illinois product liability claim if the medical device was found to be a defective product. In other cases, you may be entitled to file an Illinois medical malpractice claim if your injuries are the result of medical negligence.
Consulting with a Chicago injury lawyer can help you determine what type of claim you may be eligible to file and how to go about proving that cochlear implants led to your injuries.
Cochlear Implants – An Overview
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported that children who wear cochlear implants are at a higher risk of developing bacterial meningitis, a condition that can be fatal. The source seems to come from a positioner, a small rubber wedge that helps to position the implants inside the child’s ear.
Additionally, there have been reports that because of a product defect, some cochlear implants have resulted in unnecessary surgeries to remove the dangerous medical device and replace it with a new one. In some cases a second cochlear implant has also failed.
While cochlear implants have been found to be successful for those who were born deaf or those who later on lost their hearing, the risk of children developing bacterial meningitis or the risk of the device failing can render them a dangerous medical device and subject to an Illinois product liability claim.
A Chicago injury lawyer can advise you on your legal options-such as an Illinois product liability claim or medical malpractice suit-and the steps you need to take to protect yourself and possibly recover damages for your injuries.
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