Knee Implant Lawyer in Miami - Sean M. Cleary

Have pain or side effects after receiving a knee implant? Our product liability lawyer will evaluate your case for free.

How we help in a defective knee implant case?

We will evaluate your knee implant device and your medical records with our medical experts, determine if you can qualify to receive compensation and file a claim for your injuries.

Sean M. Cleary
Miami Knee Implant Lawyer

There are 719K total knee replacements performed annually in the U.S. (data from CDC). This number may grow exponentially with a more active and aging population. For some, the replacement has been an answer to their daily suffering. For others, the knee implant worsened their chronic pain. Many knee replacement implant devices have been part of a national recall. Manufacturers for defective knee implants are responsible, and insurance companies are entitled to provide compensation to those that got injured.

 

Zimmer Biomet is a medical device manufacturing company, the world's largest maker of knee implants. According to the Consumers Union analysis, between the two of them, Zimmer and Biomet had 299 knee implant devices recalled. Between 2003-2013, Zimmer initiated 224 recalls of its 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 three years after surgery. The recalled models included:

  • NexGen Complete Knee Solution MIS Tibial Components
  • NexGen TM Tibial Trays and MIS Modular Tibial Plates and Keels
  • NexGen LPS-Flex Gender Femoral Component
  • 15K 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.

Reasons for Zimmer and Biomet knee implant recalls have included:

  • Faulty design
  • Improper fit
  • Loosening
  • Manufacturing problems
  • Mislabeling
  • Missing components
  • Sterility issues
  • Faulty tools
  • Improper assembly
  • Incorrect tool sizes

Zimmer currently faces 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 and have any complications or the device is defective, you can receive compensation from the manufacturer and their insurance company.

DePuy Synthes, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, issued 277 recalls for knee implant devices and components between 2003-2013 because the devices were loosening and failing prematurely. DePuy recalled its ASR metal-on-metal hip implants related to the unusually high rate of failure in 2010. More than 9K individuals filed claims against DePuy as a result of injuries sustained. Since 2013, the company has issued at least five more recalls for components or tools related to its knee implants:

  • 13.9K Attune Knee Tibial Articulation Surface Instruments have been recalled because they could come off while the patient is in surgery, leaving a part of the device in the patient
  • 7.9K 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 that might cause delay in surgery
  • 7.4K Specialist 2 Intramedullary (SP2 IM) Rod have been recalled due to instrument fracturing during surgery leaving parts of the rods in patients
  • 28.7K LCS Complete RPS Inserts have been recalled due to reports of higher revision surgery rates in Australia

Reasons for DePuy knee implant recalls have included:

  • Difficulty assembling components
  • Faulty seal
  • Mislabeling
  • Potential fracturing
  • Sizing problems

The first lawsuit in the country involving a premature failure of the DePuy Synthes' Attune Knee System has been filed in 2017. The Attune Knee lawsuits claim the medical device was defectively designed by DePuy Synthes so that its surgical glue would not properly hold the device to the patient’s tibia bone causing premature failure, loss of mobility, severe pain, infections, or revision surgery. There has not been a recall of the Attune Knee Systems related to their high failure rate.

Stryker issued 118 recalls between 2003-2013. Since 2013, Stryker has issued at least seven more for components or tools related to its knee implants:

  • 2K Stryker Orthopaedics Patella Assembly Instruments have been recalled because parts could disassociate with an accompanying instrument during surgery
  • 12.4K Stryker Orthopaedics Modular Handle Triathlon Instruments have been recalled because parts could become disassociated from the rest of the instrument
  • 3.4K MIS Modular Distal Capture Triathlon Instruments have been recalled because parts could potentially disassociate from the instruments
  • 1K Triathlon Femoral Components have been recalled due to packaging issues that could affect the shelf life of the devices’ sterility
  • 1K Scorpio Femoral Components have been recalled due to same packaging issue as the Triathlon components, potentially affecting the components’ sterility

Reasons for Stryker knee implant recalls have included:

  • Damaged components
  • Disassociation
  • Early wear
  • Mislabeled components
  • Trial components locked up

We are currently accepting Stryker knee implant induced injury cases. If your knee replacement went wrong, you should contact our lawyers right away for a free case consultation. Please use the online form to contact our defective medical device lawyer or call us at 305.416.9805.

Between 2003-2013, 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 has issued the following recalls for its 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

Reasons for Smith & Nephew knee implant recalls have included packaging errors and labeling problems. To determine whether design defects with the implant used during surgery caused your knee replacement problems, contact us and request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

Between 2003-2013, Wright Medical recalled four knee implant models. The company sold its hip and knee division to Corin Orthopaedics in 2016. Reasons for Wright Medical knee implant recalls have included wrong size and commingled components. In 2016, Wright Medical reached a $240 million settlement agreement for nearly 1,3K product liability lawsuits filed over its metal-on-metal hip implants. If you or someone you know suffers from a bad knee replacement or needed surgery after the implantation of a Wright Medical hip replacement device, contact us today for a free no-obligation case evaluation.

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Common Knee Implants Questions

A Part of My Knee Implant Has Broken. What Can I Do to Find out Whose Fault It Is? »

If your doctor and the surgeon who has performed the surgery they tell you that the rupture is the result of a manufacturing error, contact the manufacturer and request a materials expert’s opinion. Together with an experienced attorney, experts can assess whether you should file a knee replacement lawsuit.

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How Can I Know If I Can File a Knee Replacement Lawsuit? »

Make sure your own activities did not damage the implant.  If you have had one or more knee replacement revision surgeries, contact a product liability or personal injury attorney to have your case assessed. You may be entitled to compensation for a defective implant.

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What Can I Do If My Knee Implant Surgery Has Failed? »

An unsuccessful knee replacement surgery warrants a professional investigation, as it can cause serious injuries and require new surgery. If you suspect the failure may be due to negligence or a defective product, contact an experienced attorney who can assess what compensation you are owed and by whom.

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