Knee Implant Failures Lawsuits:
Knee implants are surgical devices that serve as artificial replacement of partial bone surfaces or of total knee joint to help relieve pain from joint trauma or diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
What are Knee Implants?
Knee implants are made from a variety of materials such as metals, plastics and ceramics to mimic all the compartments of a knee joint: a femoral component (metal), tibial component (metal and plastic) and patellar component (plastic). Knee implants can be joined to the bone through either cemented fixation – wherein a fast-curing bone cement is utilized, or cementless fixation – wherein a new bone growth into the implant surface is utilized for fixation.
Why File a Knee Implant Failure Lawsuit?
Components of a knee implant are designed in such a way so that it will bond properly and will adjoin smoothly onto each other. But in 2007, four of the nation’s largest knee implant manufacturers – Zimmer Holdings, DePuy Orthopaedics, Smith & Nephew, and Biomet – were ordered by the federal government to pay $310 million in lawsuit penalties because of its knee implant failures. Stryker Orthopaedics, on the other hand, was subjected to 18 months of federal supervision in lieu of a monetary penalty.
Here are some of the signs or symptoms associated with Knee Implant Failure:
Severe joint pain, stiffness and swelling
Decreased range of motion in the joint
Popping, crunching or clicking noises in the knee
Difficulty walking or standing
Bone, joint, muscle or neurological damage
Reasons to file:
If you experienced financial hardship through the utilization of health care facilities, ongoing care or prescription medications; and lost wages.
If you are experiencing physical, mental and emotional distress from caring for a loved one who is suffering from serious injury or device failure after a knee implant procedure.
If you want to hold the knee implant manufacturers accountable for releasing such a defective product.
If you or a loved one experienced an early failure of your knee implant, your knee implant may have been recalled. Jami S. Oliver is a leading Columbus Ohio defective product attorney who can help you in getting the full compensation and rightful justice you deserve. She will carefully evaluate your case and explain the legal options open to you. Call 614-220-9100 to schedule an appointment.