NuVasive has marketed its Magec Rods system as a way to eliminate the need for medical intervention following traditional scoliosis treatment; however, recent studies have linked Magec Rods to severe health complications which can require the need for revision surgery.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If your child or other loved one suffered complications from scoliosis surgery, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What are Magec Growing Rods?
MAGEC growing rods are part of the MAGEC (MAGnetic Expansion Control) System, a new surgical approach for children with early-onset scoliosis (EOS). The system includes implantable rods and an external remote control, which are used to brace the spine while the patient is still growing.
What’s the Problem?
Mounting reports have linked the NuVasive Magec Rods System to a serious increased risk for metallosis and device failure. These complications require the need for invasive revision surgery, which NuVasive claimed would be unnecessary.
Which Complications has the Magec Rods System Been Linked To?
- Skin discoloration
- Failure of the rods to distract (lengthen) when required
- Bent or broken rods
- Implant failure
- The need for painful revision surgery
- And more
What is Early-Onset Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is usually diagnosed in late childhood or adolescence, according to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). However, a small percent of patients are diagnosed before the age of 10, in which case the condition is referred to as early-onset scoliosis (EOS). During this early stage the spinal cord (backbone) is still growing, which is why EOS almost always requires medical intervention.
What are the Symptoms of Scoliosis?
- Uneven shoulders
- One shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other
- Uneven waist
- One hip higher than the other
What is Metallosis?
Friction between the metal components of the NuVasive Magec Rods System may cause metal particles to be released into the patient’s bloodstream. This can cause a serious reaction to the foreign debris, known as metallosis.
Signs and symptoms of metallosis include:
- Skin rash
- Heart disease
- Auditory or visual impairments
- Renal function impairment
- Psychological changes
- Thyroid dysfunction
What is a Class Action Lawsuit?
A class action is a type of lawsuit filed with the court on behalf of large group of people or “class” of individuals that have been injured or wronged. The class is represented by the law firm and the case is generally decided upon a single member of the class who is sometimes referred to as the “class representative or class rep.”
Has a Class Action Been Filed?
To date, no class action lawsuit has been filed in the NuVasive Magec Rods litigation. The Magec Rods System was approved in February 2014, and the first reports of problems with the implants have only recently surfaced. It often takes many years and hundreds or even thousands of injury reports before class action status is considered.
Why is Your Firm Opposed to Filing a Class Action?
Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of a NuVasive Magec Rods Class Action Suit, and is currently filing individual claims on behalf of injured individuals and/or their family members that have been harmed after surgery with the Magec Rods System.
In some instances, a class action may offer some advantages, as they aggregate a large number of individualized claims into one representational lawsuit. The aggregation can increase the efficiency of the legal process, lower the costs of litigation and in some cases offer the solution to a common problem wherein small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual or law firm to file an individual lawsuit.
However, a class action suit can also be a detriment to many class members, as they are often forced into a blanket “low ball settlement” and higher attorney fees. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP we understand that our clients are suffering emotionally and economically due to loss of wages and/or high medical bills and we plan to maximize each client’s recovery by filing individual Magec Rods lawsuits on their behalf.
Do I Have a Magec Rods Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Magec Rods lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if your child had problems after receiving the NuVasive Magec Rod, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.