Doctors use endoscopes to look inside patients’ bodies to screen for diseases and, in some cases, treat existing conditions. The device consists of a light and video camera attached to a long, thin plastic tube. But a certain type of endoscope has come under scrutiny for potentially spreading carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)—a potentially deadly antibiotic-resistant infection—even when proper disinfection procedures are followed.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), duodenoscopes, a type of endoscope used for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures to examine the pancreatic and bile ducts, are designed in a way that may prevent full cleaning and disinfection.
Our Appleton defective product lawyers want to help if you or someone you love developed a serious, unexplained illness after an endoscopic procedure. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We’re here to help protect your legal rights—call or contact our legal team for a free case review today.
Can I File A Compensation Claim if I Got an Infection After an ERCP?
Yes. Manufacturers of defective or potentially dangerous endoscopes were aware or should have been aware of the risks their products posed to patients, but they failed to take appropriate measures to reduce the risks or warn the victims of the risks. That means victims can pursue compensation for their infection-related expenses, including medical bills and lost wages.
How ERCP Endoscopes Can Spread Superbug Infections
Sterilizing duodenoscopes between uses requires hospital personnel to follow a detailed, multistep process. But this may only reduce, rather than eliminate, the risk of transmitting serious infections such as CRE. According to lawsuits filed by hospital superbug victims, certain endoscope designs prevent total disinfection between uses, resulting in life-threatening infections.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported this potential link between multidrug-resistant bacterial infections, like CRE, and patients who have undergone ERCP with reprocessed duodenoscopes.
Popular Endoscope Cleaning System Recalled
An estimated 2,800 Custom Ultrasonics AER devices, used to clean endoscopes between uses, were recalled by the FDA in November 2015. The recall was initiated after the manufacturers failed to meet demands set by the FDA after a number of safety violations.
Compensation for ERCP Infection Victims
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with a serious bacterial infection after an ERCP procedure, you may be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages.
- Economic damages include past and future medical expenses related to your infection as well as any past or future lost wages related to your treatment.
- Non-economic damages, also called “pain and suffering”, include monetary compensation for the physical and emotional distress a serious injury such as a bacterial infection causes to both you and your loved ones.
Can I Afford a Personal Injury Lawyer to Handle My ERCP Infection Claim?
Yes. At Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers, you pay no upfront costs, fees, or retainers. We only get paid if we win your case. Contact our Fox Cities team today for a free consultation.
Get Help From Our Endoscope Infection Lawyers
Medical devices are supposed to improve your care, not put you at risk of potentially fatal infection. If you or someone you love contracted a serious infection after an ERCP duodenoscope procedure, our lawyers want to hear your story. Call (920) 486-9726 or contact us online to get the experienced help you deserve today.
This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Custom Ultrasonics, or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.