Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Verdict in a Pain Pump Injury Case

A jury has ordered a medical device company to pay a Portland, Oregon man and his wife $4.75 million, finding I-Flow Corp. liable for damaged cartilage in Matthew Beale's right shoulder.

According to Beale's lawsuit, I-Flow encouraged surgeons to use a pain pump in an unapproved and unsafe manner for patients recovering from shoulder-joint surgery. A pain pump delivers pain medication via a catheter to the affected spot.

I-Flow and other manufacturers face similar lawsuits alleging that such pumps have caused severe cartilage deterioration, called chondrolysis, in patients around the country.


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