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If you experience distressing side-effects after you underwent knee implant surgery, please contact our product liability attorney and he will help you file a claim against the manufacturer to recover the compensation you deserve.
We review your medical history and obtain documentation.
We work with medical experts that will evaluate your knee implant.
We determine if your implant is defective.
We build a strong case against the defendant.
We fight to recover substantial compensation for your suffering.
Sean M. Cleary
Defective Knee Implants in Miami
There are 719,000 knee replacements performed annually in the U.S. This number may grow exponentially with a more active and aging population. For some, the replacement was the answer to their daily suffering. For others, however, the knee implant worsened their chronic pain.
Numerous knee replacement implant devices have been part of a national recall. Manufacturers of defective knee implants are responsible and insurance companies are entitled to provide compensation to the people who got injured. If you are a victim, do not hesitate to take legal action with the assistance of our law firm, which specializes in product liability.
Knee implants, as many other medical devices, can have a defective design. There are several manufacturing companies which produce knee implants. At the moment, there are over 150 different types of knee implants available in Florida. Two kinds of knee implants are most commonly used by medical professionals today – total and partial. Most patients choose a total knee replacement implant. Knee implants are designed to last 15 years, although their longevity depends on various factors, including patient’s activity level, weight and bone density.
The most common cause of implant failure is loosening, following which the patient will need revision surgery to replace the damaged implant. Although revision surgery is necessary over time, defective knee implants make it mandatory, as the device may affect the health of the patient to a great extent. A defective knee implant may cause further damage to the knee and create serious problems, particularly for elderly patients who often take a longer time to recover after surgery. Defective knee implants can lead to:
Pain in the knee
Swelling at or near the knee joint
Difficulty bearing weight
A change in the ability to walk
Bone or muscle damage
Bruising or swelling of the knee
A defective knee implant requires long-term physical therapy, medical care and expensive anti-inflammatory drugs, since it usually causes tremendous complications. However, a defective knee implant can lead to lifelong ongoing complications in some patients.
If you were injured by a defective knee replacement implant, we strongly advise you to discuss your situation with our product liability attorney, Sean M. Cleary, who will provide you with the legal assistance you need. We are dedicated to supporting patients who were harmed by the negligence of a company which manufactures knee implants and will strive to help you recover the maximum compensation from the liable party and their insurance company. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Florida is 2 years, so it is important that your case is addressed early.
Over recent years, thousands of lawsuits were brought against multiple knee implants manufacturers for defects in their design and function. The following are the larges companies against which people all over the country have been filing claims for defective knee implants.
Zimmer Biomet is a medical device manufacturing company, as well as the world’s largest maker of knee implants. According to a Consumers Union analysis, Zimmer Biomet had 299 knee implant devices recalled. Between 2003 and 2013, the company initiated 224 recalls of knee replacement systems. Their knee implant models received several reports regarding complications and premature failure from patients and doctors. Although they should have lasted 15 years, patients have been complaining about implants loosening as soon as 3 years after the surgery. The recalled models include:
NexGen Complete Knee Solution MIS Tibial Components
NexGen TM Tibial Trays and MIS Modular Tibial Plates and Keels
NexGen LPS-Flex Gender Femoral Component
15,000 Vanguard Total Knee System because of packaging problems and mislabeling
Zimmer Biomet polyethylene joint components because of elevated levels of endotoxins. The components are used in hip, shoulder and knee implants as well
The reasons why Zimmer Biomet knee implants were recalled are the following:
Zimmer Biomet currently has to deal with hundreds of suits regarding high failure rates of knee implant devices, patients complaining about implant failure, loosening of the implant, knee pain and other complications. If you had a knee implant manufactured by this company and experience any complications, you can receive compensation from the manufacturer and their insurance company with the help of our legal team.
DePuy Synthes, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, issued 277 recalls for knee implant devices and components between 2003 and 2013, since the devices were loosening and failing prematurely. DePuy recalled their ASR metal-on-metal hip implants due to the unusually high rate of failure in 2010. More than 9,000 individuals filed claims against DePuy as a result of the injuries they sustained. Since 2013, the company has issued at least five more recalls for components or tools related to their knee implants:
13,900 Attune Knee Tibial Articulation Surface Instruments have been recalled because they could come off while the patient was in surgery, leaving a part of the device in the patient
7,900 Attune Intuition Impaction Handle have been recalled due to reports of fractures, potentially leaving parts in the patient
351 SIGMA HP MBT Non-Keel Punch Knee Instruments have been recalled due to a design flaw which might cause delay in surgery
7,400 Specialist 2 Intramedullary Rod have been recalled due to instrument fracturing during surgery, leaving parts of the rods in patients
28,700 LCS Complete RPS Inserts have been recalled due to reports of higher revision surgery rates in Australia
Some reasons why DePuy knee implant were recalled includes:
Difficulty assembling components
The first lawsuit in the country involving a premature failure of the DePuy Synthes’ Attune Knee System was filed in 2017. The Attune Knee lawsuits claim that the medical device was defectively designed by DePuy Synthes so that the surgical glue would not properly hold the device to the patient’s tibia bone, thereby causing premature failure, loss of mobility, severe pain, infections or the need for revision surgery.
Stryker issued 118 recalls between 2003 and 2013. Since 2013, Stryker has issued at least 7 more for components or tools related to its knee implants:
2,000 Stryker Orthopaedics Patella Assembly Instruments have been recalled because parts could disassociate during surgery
12,400 Stryker Orthopaedics Modular Handle Triathlon Instruments have been recalled because parts could become disassociated from the rest of the instrument
3,400 MIS Modular Distal Capture Triathlon Instruments have been recalled because parts could potentially disassociate from the instruments
1,000 Triathlon Femoral Components have been recalled due to packaging issues which could affect the shelf life of the devices’ sterility
1,000 Scorpio Femoral Components have been recalled due to same packaging issue as the Triathlon components, potentially affecting the components’ sterility
The reasons for which Stryker knee implant recalls were made include:
Trial components locked up
We are currently accepting Stryker knee implant injury cases. If your Stryker knee replacement is defective, please contact our attorney as soon as possible and he will gladly review your case and subsequently obtain compensation on your behalf.
Between 2003 and 2013, one of the major manufacturers of knee implants, Smith & Nephew, recalled 11 knee implant models. Knee replacement implants produced by the company failed to bond to the patient’s natural bones. As a result, some patients who received Smith & Nephew knee replacements required corrective surgery. This procedure exposed them to serious risks of infection, permanent joint damage and prolonged recovery due to the amount of scar tissue resulting from the original knee replacement surgery. These risks were often aggravated because many patients who received knee replacements were senior citizens.
Smith & Nephew issued the following recalls for knee implants:
Oxinium Genesis II and Oxinium Profix II knee devices
TC-PLUS, VKS and RT-PLUS knee models
Journey Uni Tibial Baseplate knee components
Some reasons why Smith & Nephew recalled knee implants concern packaging errors and labeling problems. To determine whether you have a case against the manufacturer, please feel free to contact our law firm and we will promptly review your case if you have recently underwent surgery for knee replacement which resulted in you receiving a defective device.
Between 2003 and 2013, Wright Medical recalled 4 knee implant models. The company sold their hip and knee division to Corin Orthopaedics in 2016. The reasons for which Wright Medical recalled their knee implant are wrong size and commingled components.
In 2016, Wright Medical reached a $240 million settlement agreement for nearly 1,300 product liability lawsuits filed over their metal-on-metal hip implants. If you received a defective Wright Medical knee implant, we highly recommend you to take legal action and seek the financial compensation you deserve for your physical and emotional distress. Our attorney is always ready to review your case and help you with quality legal advice.
How Can The Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help You in a Defective Knee Implant Case?
If you underwent surgery for knee replacement and the device failed in any way, causing you serious injury, you have the legal right to recover financial compensation for your suffering. With over 20 years of experience with product liability cases, our law firm will offer you the legal assistance you need to recover the money you deserve, which will cover your medical expenses, health care and treatment.
Regardless of the complications your defective knee implant caused you, do not hesitate to contact us right away and we will thoroughly review your case. Subsequently, our attorney will file a claim on your behalf against the manufacturer and you will recover the compensation you are eligible for.