A knee replacement is supposed to provide increased mobility and hopefully a better quality of life. Instead, some people have experienced crippling pain and difficulty moving after surgery.
Did you experience discomfort or pain after your knee replacement surgery or did you require a revision surgery?
The Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports, notes six knee implant manufacturers have issued more than 700 recalls from 2003-2013. These recalls include knee implant devices, components and tools made by the following companies:
- Smith & Nephew
Faulty knee implants can loosen, break or cause stiffness. In some situations, tools used during knee replacement surgeries were never approved by the Federal Drug Administration. That’s the case with OtisKnee, a device created by OtisMed to speed up knee replacement surgeries. Earlier this year, the company announced an $80 million settlement in response to criminal and civil charges.
If you had a knee replacement surgery and then experienced pain, discomfort or a lack of mobility, you may want to talk with a knee replacement lawyer.
Knee implant manufacturers may be liable to pay for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering or punitive damages if it’s determined they did not do enough to ensure the safety of their products.
A knee replacement lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and options.
Knee Replacement Device Unapproved, but Used in Surgery, Marshall Allen and Olga Pierce, February 6, 2015, The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/business/knee-replacement-device-unapproved-but-used-in-surgery.html?_r=0
Risks and Complications of Total Knee Replacement Surgery, Healthline, http://www.healthline.com/health/total-knee-replacement-surgery/risks-complications#5
A summary of knee recalls, September 9, 2013, Consumers Union, http://safepatientproject.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Knee-Recall-Summary-final-9-9-13.pdf