Drug makers and medical device manufacturers have a legal responsibility to put reasonably safe products on the market. Sadly, in far too many cases, companies rush to get their device on the market without conducting proper testing or clinical trials.

At Richmond Vona, LLC, our Buffalo defective medical device lawyers are committed to protecting the rights and interests of injured victims and their family members. We know how to hold these large corporations accountable for their actions; over our years in practice, we have secured hundreds of millions of dollars for injured individuals and their families throughout Western New York, both in settlements and jury verdicts. If you were harmed by a defective medical device, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit with the help of a dedicated product liability attorney.

When Can Medical Device Companies Be Held Liable?

Defective medical device claims are a type of product liability case. Notably, New York recognizes three different theories as being grounds for bringing a defective product claim: negligence, strict liability, and breach of warranty.

To recover damages under strict liability, the plaintiff must show that, through the use of the dangerous drug or medical device, one or more of the following product defects were the cause of their injuries:

  • Defective Design: The product is not reasonably safe even though it was feasible to design the product in a safe manner. If the design is defective, all of the products manufactured to that design will pose the same dangers to consumers.
  • Defective Manufacturing: The product did not perform as intended due to a manufacturing flaw. The product that caused the plaintiff’s injuries may be found defective as compared with other products of the same design that did not cause harm.
  • Failure to Warn: Sometimes a product can be properly designed and manufactured, but still have some dangers consumers should know about. A plaintiff may have a claim if the defendant failed to warn about a danger that is not obvious, even if the danger is from an unintended but reasonably foreseeable use.

Regardless of which theory you pursue, proving fault in a claim can be challenging. Successful cases require a comprehensive investigation. In most defective device claims, the evidence is highly technical and expert witness testimony is required. Because of this, it is absolutely crucial that you work with an experienced defective medical device attorney who understands Buffalo liability law and who has access to invaluable resources in pursuing your claim.

Recovering Financial Compensation for Injured Victims

Negligent medical device manufacturers can be held liable for the full extent of an injured victim’s damages. It is imperative that you carefully document your losses, as companies or corporations are notoriously aggressive when defending these claims; they will often try to use any tactic they can find to minimize your recovery. At Richmond Vona, LLC, our experienced defective medical device attorneys in Buffalo know how to help our clients get the complete compensation that they rightfully deserve.

Through a civil legal claim, you may be eligible to recover for:

  • Emergency room care
  • Other medical bills and related expenses
  • Rehabilitative care
  • Loss of current and future wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disfigurement
  • Long term disability
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Wrongful death of a loved one


At Richmond Vona, LLC, our Buffalo defective medical device lawyers have extensive experience handling these claims. We can fight to get you and your family justice and the full financial compensation you are owed. From our office in Buffalo, we represent clients throughout Western New York, including in West Seneca, East Aurora, Cheektowaga, Hamburg, and Lockport.

For a free, no obligation review of your personal injury claim, please contact us today.

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As one of New York’s top personal injury attorneys, John E. Richmond understands that clients come first. With over a decade of experience representing plaintiffs, he knows how to hold negligent corporations and big insurance companies liable.
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