Shoulder Pain Pump Lawyer

Following surgery to correct a problem with their shoulders, patients frequently have had pain pumps inserted at the site of the surgery to provide pain medication directly to the affected area.

While the use of pain pumps was often encouraged to decrease the amount of pain medication needed, the use of such anesthetic infusion devices was never approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In fact, the FDA has warned patients that the use of shoulder pain pumps and similar devices may cause permanent injuries to the joints. Manufacturers of these devices failed to warn of the risks, and many people have suffered debilitating injuries as a result.

If you, or someone you know, are suffering from shoulder problems after the use of a pain pump, it is worthwhile to schedule a consultation with a shoulder pain pump lawyer who can evaluate your claim and determine whether you may be entitled to compensation.

Permanent Shoulder Damage Resulting from the Use of Pain Pumps

The implementation of a shoulder pain pump involves the insertion of a catheter into the shoulder joint after a patient has had arthroscopic shoulder surgery. In most cases, the pump would be inserted before the patient was discharged and remain in place for approximately two to three days, infusing medication directly into the shoulder joint.

Research now shows that the use of this type of device to dispense pain medication may cause Post-Arthroscopic Gulenhumeral Chondrolysis (PAGCL), a condition that causes permanent progressive destruction of cartilage in the shoulder.

This condition, which typically begins to manifest a few months after surgery, results in long term pain and loss of mobility eventually requiring replacement of the shoulder joint in many cases. Currently, there is no cure or effective treatment for PAGCL.

While the use of pain pumps was marketed as a way to avoid the side effects or problems associated with the use of narcotics, it is now becoming apparent the risk of long term cartilage damage outweighs any potential benefits of these pumps. Manufacturers apparently marketed these devices without adequately testing their safety.

Lawsuits Involving Shoulder Pain Pumps

Because of the widespread harm resulting from the use of shoulder pain pumps, lawyers across the country have been preparing for class action and individual lawsuits seeking to make the manufacturers of these pumps provide compensation for the pain, suffering, medical bills, lost earnings, and other effects resulting from the improperly-investigated devices.

If manufacturers had provided proper warnings, thousands of people could have been spared the pain and debilitation left from the use of pain pumps.

Complications resulting from pain pump use include:

  • Popping, grinding or clicking of the shoulder joint
  • Pain in the shoulder joint while the joint is at rest or in motion
  • Decreased range of motion in the shoulder joint
  • Weakness or stiffness in the shoulder joint

These symptoms could indicate the onset of PAGCL. It is advisable to consult a doctor and then talk to a personal injury attorney familiar with pain pump lawsuits.

Let a Shoulder Pain Pump Attorney Assist You

If you or a loved one have suffered shoulder problems that may have been caused by a pain pump, a dedicated shoulder pain pump lawyer can provide a free case evaluation to help you learn whether you may be entitled to compensation.