O’Connor, Acciani & Levy is reviewing claims that the DePuy Synthes Knee System is prone to early failure that may require patients to undergo revision surgery.
If you or a loved one received a defective DePuy Synthes Attune© Knee Replacement, a Cincinnati DePuy knee replacement lawyer could help you file a lawsuit. We will provide you with a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your knee replacement device and help determine your legal options. If you have a defective medical device case, we will dedicate our skills and resources to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
The dedicated class action attorneys at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy believe the manufacturers of medical devices deserve to be held liable when they fail to provide consumers with safe and reliable products. Our award-winning attorneys are members of the American Bar Association and have received the distinction of being named Top 100 Attorneys by The National Trial Lawyers. We have recovered millions in verdicts and settlements for clients who were injured by another’s negligence and strive to recover the maximum compensation for our clients’ cases. Do not hesitate to contact us to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to find out if you are entitled to file a DePuy knee replacement lawsuit.
DEFECTIVE DEPUY KNEE REPLACEMENT IMPLANTS
Artificial knee implants are medical devices intended to alleviate patients’ suffering from knee pain or instability with renewed mobility and relief from pain.
Knee replacement surgeries are fairly common, as more than 600,000 people undergo revision surgeries each year for conditions including arthritis, injuries or other medical conditions, according to the Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality.
However, DePuy Synthes, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has been accused by thousands of patients of producing defective knee implant devices that fail prematurely. When knee implants fracture, loosen or fail, the resulting effects can cause patients serious adverse medical effects and significant financial loss.
Signs of early knee replacement device failure may include:
- Limited range of movement
- Warm, inflamed or red skin
- Instability in the knee
- Device fracture
- Loose knee implant
- Pain and swelling in the knee
- Unusual sounds coming from the knee implant
- Inability to walk
- Abnormal walking patterns
Our Cincinnati attorneys are familiar with the defects surrounding DePuy’s knee replacement devices. During your free consultation, we will review your claim and how the defective device you received has affected you. If you have a case that entitles you to file a DePuy knee replacement lawsuit, we will pursue all available options to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
RECALLED DEPUY KNEE REPLACEMENT DEVICES
Between February 2003 and May 2013, DePuy Synthes recalled 277 devices or components for its knee replacement systems, more than any other manufacturer of knee replacement devices.
Four of the 277 were Class I recalls, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reserves for products with flaws that could seriously harm patients. However, the majority of DePuy knee replacement recalls were Class II, which indicates the product had a high probability of causing temporary or reversible adverse health consequences.
The reason for these recalls include:
- Difficulty assembling components: A defect made it difficult for surgeons to properly attach a component.
- Faulty seal: The device was affected by a defective component.
- Mislabeling: Some of the components were mislabeled.
- Potential fracturing: The device could fracture during normal activities and may require revision surgery.
- Sizing problems: The device’s components were of the wrong size.
Several of DePuy Synthes’s most popular knee implant models have been involved in recalls, including:
- Attune© Knee System: The Attune© Knee System was involved in a voluntary Class II recall on June 12, 2015 after DePuy Synthes found the Balseal, a small wire spring coil could become damaged and break off. The separated Balseal could enter the surgical site and be left in the patient without the surgeon’s knowledge.
- LPS© Diaphyseal Sleeve: DePuy Synthes voluntarily issued a Class I recall for the LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve on Jan. 4, 2013 after it was found the device could fracture at the taper junction.
- LCS© COMPLETE Revision Knee System: A Class II recall was issued by DePuy Synthes on Nov. 8, 2016 for the LCS Complete Knee Revision System because of a design defect that prevented the device from being inserted to fit properly.
- P.F.C. SIGMA© Total Knee System: DePuy Synthes issued a Class II recall for the P.F.C. SIGMA© Total Knee System on August 21, 2009 after discovering the device may be cracked and defective.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I CAN FILE A DEPUY KNEE REPLACEMENT LAWSUIT?
If you received a knee implant from DePuy Synthes and have experienced abnormal pain, discomfort or reduced mobility, you may be entitled to legal action.
During your free consultation, our attorneys will review the circumstances behind your knee replacement implant to determine if you are entitled to a DePuy knee replacement lawsuit. We will examine how your knee replacement device has affected your life and whether you have suffered any of the following adverse medical consequences since your surgery:
INSTABILITY AND LOOSENING
Many patients have reported DePuy’s knee replacement devices failing within five years of receiving the implant. This includes patients experiencing instability in the knee when a patient stands or puts his or her weight on it.
Additionally, several DePuy knee replacement lawsuits claim the device loosened and caused patients’ knees to move irregularly, such as backwards or sideways.
Defective DePuy knee replacement devices can cause the knee lining to become inflamed, resulting in fluid buildup and swelling.
Patients who experience swelling caused by a defective knee implant device often suffer from persistent pain when their knee is in motion.
WARMTH OR HEAT IN THE KNEE
Patients commonly experience heat and warmth in the knee after undergoing a knee transplant. However, prolonged heat and warmth after receiving a knee replacement implant may be a sign of infection caused by a defective device.
A defective knee replacement device can cause patients to experience frequent pain, discomfort and reduced mobility. Often, this results in patients having to undergo painful and expensive correctional surgery to replace the defective knee implant.
If you or someone you love has received a defective DePuy knee replacement device, you may be entitled to legal action. Do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable class action lawyers to find out if you can file a DePuy knee replacement lawsuit to pursue compensation for your pain and suffering.
HOW CAN I BE COMPENSATED FOR A DEFECTIVE KNEE REPLACEMENT DEVICE?
A defective knee replacement device can cause patients serious damage that may cause them to suffer persistent pain or prevent them from reaching their full physical capabilities.
If you or someone you love received a defective knee replacement device and suffered adverse medical consequences, you may be entitled to compensation. By filing a DePuy knee replacement lawsuit, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Corrective surgery
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
As we investigate your claim, our class action attorneys will examine how your defective knee replacement device has affected you. Our experience of helping patients who have been affected by defective medical devices has enabled us to accurately estimate the value of a claim. We will fight to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
DISCUSS FILING A DEPUY KNEE REPLACEMENT LAWSUIT WITH A CINCINNATI ATTORNEY
If you have experienced persistent pain or restricted mobility after receiving a DePuy knee replacement implant, do not hesitate to contact O’Connor, Acciani & Levy for a free, no obligation consultation.
Our Cincinnati DePuy knee replacement lawyers will review your claim to determine if you have a defective medical product claim and may be entitled to file a class action lawsuit to recover compensation for your pain and suffering.
We work only on a contingency fee basis, which means all of our services are provided at no upfront cost. The only time we will charge you is if we recover compensation for your claim.