Knee replacements aren’t just for the elderly, and the elderly are not the only ones who suffer complications related to them. According to the National Institutes of Health, a person who is suffering from post-traumatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoarthritis may require a knee replacement.
If you started suffering knee replacement complications, see a doctor right away. You may require additional surgery or medical procedures. Worried that this could cost you even more in medical expenses? You may have grounds to take legal action to recover medical bills and other damages if the device was defective.
The Problems with Some Knee Replacement Systems
While many knee replacement parts function as they should, others have defects that lead to patient harm. Below are some examples of defects that might cause knee replacement problems.
- Loosening of the joint
- Instability in the knee
- Premature device failure
- Poor durability
- Failure of surgical cement
- Device material chips off, entering the patient’s body
The Dangers of Defective Knee Replacement Systems
If a knee replacement system contains any of the defects listed above – whether because of a design or manufacturing deficit – a patient is at risk of harm. A defective device might cause or contribute to inflammation, severe pain, and a host of other complications listed below.
- Bone damage
- Muscle or joint damage
- Kidney problems or other organ damage due to metal poisoning
- Injuries from accidents related to instability
Patients who suffer from any of the side effects of a defective knee replacement system often need a secondary surgery to replace the system and correct the problem.
What knee replacement systems are defective?
There have been a number of knee replacement systems recalled by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) over the past few years. Below is a list of knee replacement brands that have been subject to FDA recalls.
- Duracon Total Knee Modular Femoral
- Duracon Total Knee Distal Femoral Locking Screw
- Stryker Scorpio Series 7000
- Smith & Nephew Oxinium Femoral Head
- Biomet Vanguard Lock-on Femoral Impactor
If you received a defective knee replacement system, whether it’s on the FDA’s recall list or not, you may be able to file a product liability suit for damages.
You May Recover Damages if You Suffered Knee Replacement Complications
If you believe your knee replacement system was defective, and if the defect caused you harm, then you can file a civil action against the knee replacement system’s manufacturer. If successful, you’ll have the right to recover damages for all financial losses and medical expenses, and damages for any pain and suffering or emotional trauma that you experienced as a result of the defect.
Make sure that you file your claim within two years of sustaining harm, per Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Section 5524. If you wait too long, you may be barred from recovering damages.
Cordisco & Saile LLC Helps Victims of Defective Medical Products
If you suffered harm, consult an attorney about filing a lawsuit for damages. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our attorneys can provide you with the counsel you need to explore your legal options, collect applicable evidence, and build your case to recover damages. Call our offices at 215-642-2335 or contact us online to set up your consultation as soon as possible.