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Lawsuits for Defective Knee Replacement Implants

 

Knee replacement is a fairly common procedure, and unfortunately, knee replacement lawsuits are becoming just as common. The number of people undergoing surgery to install a knee replacement device has doubled over the last ten years. That increase is even higher in people aged 45 to 64 and with the Baby Boomer generation aging and joining the ranks of those in need of surgery, joint replacement is a $7 billion industry.

In response to the complications suffered by many knee replacement recipients, lawsuits have been filed against joint replacement device manufacturers. Our attorneys are currently investigating the potential for lawsuits stemming from defective knee replacements against various manufacturers. If you or a loved one sustained complications after a defective knee replacement, contact us today for a free consultation.

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Defective Knee Replacements

In the last 15 years, knee replacement surgery has essentially become a standard procedure. Today, it is estimated that there are approximately 600,000 knee replacement surgeries in the United States each year.

However, while the technology for the devices made to replace the largest joint in the human body is advancing, many of these procedures are done with defective hardware, resulting in serious complications for the patient.

Many joint replacement devices were designed to last only a few years. These products were created for senior citizens and not intended to ever be used for patients that still had several decades of mobility left. Most devices have never been tested for long-term use, but many patients underwent placement procedures, assuming their device was safe, based on the recommendations of their doctors and the device manufacturers.

Complications from Knee Replacement Surgery

Problems with Knee Replacements

Knee replacement surgery is an extremely intricate procedure, and can result in various complications if the knee replacement device is defective. Some of the more common complications include:

  • Infection (of the surgical wound or within the joint)
  • Bleeding into the knee joint
  • Damage to nearby ligaments or arteries
  • Nerve damage (resulting in numbness)
  • Blood clots or pulmonary embolism
  • Fractures (during or after surgery)
  • Scarring
  • Allergic reactions (to the metal components)
  • Dislocation (of the kneecap)
  • Joint instability

If the complications are serious enough, subsequent knee revision surgery may even be necessary.

Recalled Models of Knee Replacements

When a manufacturer produces a knee replacement device that proves to be defective, they must voluntarily recall their device from the market to avoid any further injuries or complications for the recipients. In rare cases, the FDA can request a recall. The following are companies who’ve had to recall specific models of their devices:

  • Stryker’s Scorpio implants (fracturing)
  • Zimmer’s NexGen implants (defective screws)
  • Zimmer’s Natural Knee System implants
  • Zimmer’s Persona Knee (loosening)
  • Smith & Nephew’s OXINIUM devices
  • DePuy’s LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve
  • DePuy’s LCS Knee Implant-Meniscal (label errors)
  • DePuy’s LCS Duofix Femoral Component (joint surface issues)
  • DePuy’s PFC Sigma Knee System (improper approval)

For your reference, here is a full list of medical device recalls dating back to 2013, provided by the FDA.

Lawsuit information Knee Replacements

Preparing to file a knee replacement lawsuit and be a very complicated venture. There are several points you want to consider before filing a claim for your knee replacement injury.

  • Every state has their own statute of limitations for the amount of time you have to file a claim, so please contact us about when and where your injury occurred to learn if you are eligible for compensation.
  • If you were injured by an implant that has been recalled after your surgery, you could limit your ability to file a lawsuit if you participate in the recall. Contact our qualified attorneys to learn about how to protect your legal claim during a recall. DO NOT contact the device manufacturer or your doctor.
  • Consult our qualified unsafe device attorneys. Thousands of lawsuits have already been filed due to faulty knee replacement surgeries, and our attorneys are familiar with the device manufacturers’ legal strategies and issues that are common with these types of claims.

The unsafe medical device attorneys at My Vaccine Lawyer can help provide information on where to file a claim, whether or not you should join a potential class action suit, and how to obtain a possible legal settlement. Each situation is different, and we can help explain all of your options.

We offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not get paid unless we win your case or get you a settlement. Contact us today. 800.229.7704.