Our Michigan defective device lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent patients who have undergone knee replacement surgery and received artificial components made by Zimmer Holdings and other manufacturers. Many of these defective devices have caused serious harm to individuals who received the implants. Some of these components have been recalled, and lawsuits are being filed against Zimmer for failure to produce and sell a safe medical product.
Zimmer Products and Recalls
Recently, Zimmer has been under fire for their Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate knee component. Complaints from patients who received this implant have been increasing. In March 2015, this knee system was issued a Class II recall by the United States Food and Drug Administration. This is not the first knee replacement system manufactured by Zimmer that has been controversial. Between September and December 2010, Zimmer had four knee products from their NexGen product line recalled. In January 2012, the FDA recalled an additional Zimmer product, the Natural-Knee II Durasul All-Poly Patella.
Here is a list of Zimmer knee products that have been known to cause complications. If you or someone you care about has suffered injuries from any of these products, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit.
Zimmer Knee Complications & Injuries
There have been several common injuries patients have reported after receiving Zimmer knee replacement devices. Many of these are believed to be directly related to some Zimmer components. If you have experienced any of the following complications, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your pain and suffering.
Osteolysis (destruction or disappearance of bone tissue)
DePuy ATTUNE Knee Replacement Complications & Injuries
Despite the overall high success rate in knee replacement surgeries, researchers have identified larger-than-usual failure rates with the DePuy Synthes ATTUNE® Knee System.
Problems with ATTUNE include loosening of the tibial component at the implant-cement interface within the first two years after implant. Patients often present with pain on weight bearing, swelling, and decreased range of motion.
Researchers believe that these failures are likely underreported, as competing companies cannot provide data on the revision components that they replace.
We are currently investigating cases involving individuals who have undergone revision surgery due to loosening after a knee replacement using an ATTUNE device.
Exactech Optetrak Knee Implant Complications & Injuries
According to reports in the FDA Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database, there have been multiple reports of early failure of Exactech Optetrak knee implant devices.
Older versions of the implant had a "finned" tray design that did not promote adherence to the surgical cement used to attach it. This defect of the device is thought to be responsible for the reports of early failure.
Signs that your Exactech knee implant has failed could include:
- Loose tibial component
- Limited mobility
- Knee swelling and sensitivity
- Visible loosening
- Necessary revision surgery due to loosening
Although the device was not recalled, Exactech systematically replaced customers' old Optetrak tibial trays with the new version that was redesigned in 2013.
What are the Criteria for Filing a Knee Replacement Lawsuit?
Our dangerous device attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed by knee replacement surgery.
Lawsuits have been filed against the device makers by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by the dangerous devices. You may be entitled to a settlement.
DePuy Knee Replacement LawsuitsThe following criteria must be met to pursue a DePuy knee replacement lawsuit:
- Implant of DePuy ATTUNE Knee after February 13, 2015
- Underwent revision surgery to replace the implant
Zimmer Knee Replacement LawsuitsIn order to file a Zimmer knee implant lawsuit, certain criteria must be met. The following criteria relates specifically to Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal Tibia Plate lawsuits:
- Must have Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate knee implant
- The tibial component is or was loose, or a doctor told the patient that x-ray images indicate that the tibial component may be loose
- May have had revision surgery or in need of revision surgery
- Tibial component must NOT be cemented into place. Implant identification can confirm if it was cement was used or not.
- Must be implanted after November 29, 2012 (date of FDA approval) and before March 12, 2015 (date of recall)
Exactech Knee Replacement Lawsuits
To file an Exactech knee replacement lawsuit, patient must have:
- Received Exactech knee implant in 2011 or later
- Had revision surgery to replace the implant
- Had the original implant for eight years or less prior to revision surgery
Contact Our Michigan Knee Replacement Lawyers
Over 1,000 lawsuits have already been filed on behalf of patients who have suffered from the latest Zimmer knee component recall. Thousands more are expected to be filed soon. If you have had knee replacement surgery and experienced complications that you believe to be related to your implant, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit against Zimmer. Our award winning legal team has been representing clients who have suffered injuries from defective medical devices for decades. Call us today at (800) 606-1717 for a free, no obligation consultation. We will listen to your story and determine if you have a legal claim for compensation. If we believe you have a case, we will begin work immediately. You will not pay a single dollar unless we are able to recover a settlement. That is our promise to you.
Remember, however, that there are strict time deadlines for filing defective medical device lawsuits so it is important you contact an attorney as soon as possible. If you miss the deadline to file your claim, it could be lost forever.