Knee Implant Injuries and Lawsuits
More than 1 million people across the U.S. will undergo knee replacement surgery in a year’s time. For those that are crippled by pain and lack of mobility, the promise of a knee implant brings excitement and hope for a better, more active lifestyle. Yet, patients have experienced serious injuries following knee replacement surgery in recent years, causing them more pain and less joint flexibility than before surgery.
The design of any joint replacement device is critical for safety concerns and overall effectiveness. Three components are considered in developing knee implant devices: femoral, tibial and patella. The device must be developed to support body weight while allowing mobility. Defective knee replacement devices may loosen, limit a patient’s mobility and result in inflammation, swelling and infection.
If you or a loved one has experienced complications or serious injuries following knee replacement surgery, you need to know your options. You may be eligible for compensation for your pain and suffering, including medical bills and loss of wages.
For a free consultation with the defective device lawyers at the Harman Law Firm, call today. Let us be your advocate for justice and the right compensation.
Serious Complications Associated With Knee Implant Surgery
While knee replacement has become a routine and less invasive surgery in the United States, a wider variety of medical devices have also hit the market, giving consumers more choices for their knee replacements. The concern is that manufacturers, in an effort to quickly release new and advanced medical products, are releasing devices that are likely to fail due to poor design. In turn, the FDA’s 510(k) premarket program allows for manufacturers to release knee implants without thorough testing, if they are similar to other products on the market. Thus, more and more patients are experiencing serious complications following knee replacement surgery.
Consider the following complications associated with knee implant surgery:
- Fracture of the bone (will likely result in inflammation and severe joint pain)
- Loosening or fracture of the device (as a result, the joint becomes unstable and may become dislocated)
- Misalignment or breakdown of the device (could result in nerve damage)
- Replacement or Revision surgery due to a failed initial implant
Perhaps the most serious complication regarding knee replacement surgery is loosening as a result of a defective device. In this case, sections of the knee implant begin to separate from the bone. This creates instability within the joint. While some degree of loosening is considered common, defective devices may cause this to happen within the first year.
If you have received knee replacement surgery and are having complications, or if you’ve been told that you need revision surgery, you may have legal options that will award you compensation for pain and suffering from your injury.
If you received a knee implant from any of the following manufacturers and are now suffering, call Harman Law Firm today:
- DePuy Attune
- DePuy Sigma
- Exactech Optetrak
- Zimmer Persona
As a national law firm that fights for justice for victims of physical and financial injury, the attorneys at the Harman Law Firm have the resources and experience to take on manufacturers when they’ve failed to operate safely. For a free initial consultation to discuss your options, contact our practice today.