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Zimmer Knee Replacement Lawsuits

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A Zimmer Knee Replacement lawsuit is filed by people who have been injured by the device. As of July 2019, 179 such lawsuits are pending against Zimmer. Many other people have filed lawsuits as well, claiming injuries from other knee replacements. A Zimmer Knee Replacement lawsuit is not the only example of a product liability claim. Other companies, such as DePuy, have also been accused of causing injuries. Here is a look at some of these cases.

Zimmer NexGen Flex

Patients who have had a Zimmer NexGen knee replacement procedure may have suffered from side effects like blood clots in their leg veins. These clots can block blood flow to the heart and even migrate into the lungs. Symptoms of these problems can be painful, but they are usually treatable with physical therapy or special exercises. In severe cases, however, patients may require surgery. Fortunately, this lawsuit is possible.

During a study, Dr. Craig Della Valle and Dr. Peter Berger conducted a retrospective study of 108 patients who had NexGen CR-Flex knee replacements. Of these 108 patients, nine needed revision surgeries to replace their NexGen CR-Flex knee replacements. Further, 39 patients had radiographic loosening of their NexGen CR-Flex devices. After reviewing the study results, Zimmer did not issue a recall of NexGen knee replacements. However, Zimmer disagreed with Dr. Berger’s findings and claimed that they have a low failure rate. Zimmer claims that no one in the United States is tracking the long-term performance of knee replacement devices.

If you suffered from severe knee pain, discomfort, or other side effects after undergoing a Zimmer NexGen Flex knee replacement, you may be able to seek compensation from the manufacturer of the defective devices. A Zimmer NexGen knee replacement lawsuit can help you recover compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and emotional distress. The lawsuits filed against Zimmer Inc. are centralized in multi-district litigation (MDL) case number 2272.

Arthrex iBalance Total Knee Arthroplasty Tibial Tray

The iBalance TKA knee replacement device was recalled in December 2015 for several reasons, including the tibial tray. The baseplate is a metal or polyethylene plastic piece that replaces the top portion of the shinbone. Arthrex voluntarily recalled over two-thousand devices for this problem in December 2015. The manufacturer of the replacement device failed to warn surgeons of the risks of the knee implant, making the procedure potentially dangerous.

As a result of these problems, the company recalled more than 2,300 tibial trays. Ultimately, patients did not experience any pain relief after the surgery, and many have filed lawsuits against the company. The Arthrex iBalance Total Knee Arthroplasty Tibial Tray was not only defective but it was also recalled for the tibial baseplate loosening after a few months.

In 2016, Arthrex voluntarily recalled more than two-thousand units of this knee replacement system because of loosening issues. The components of the replacement system were supposed to have textured surfaces to aid in the cement bonding process. But the FDA found that the Arthrex iBalance TKA tibial tray isn’t the right choice for some patients.

DePuy Attune

A DePuy Attune Zimmer Kneoplage lawsuit may be the right path for you if you’ve experienced problems with your new knee. While this product is favored by surgeons, the defects with this implant may cause painful side effects and subsequent replacement surgeries. Here are the facts you should know. A DePuy Attune Zimmer Knee Replacement lawsuit may be worth considering.

When a medical device is developed, it must go through a pre-market approval process. This involves clinical trials that test the safety and effectiveness of the product. However, the FDA has a process called the 510(k) process that allows medical device companies to put their products on the market without having to go through this process. DePuy Attune Zimmer Knee Replacement lawsuits rely on this process.

Many of these cases allege that the implant loosened or became unstable after the patient was operated on. A DePuy Attune Zimmer Knee Replacement lawsuit is similar to a case involving a defective hip or knee replacement. In the former case, the device had failed to last as promised and was re-implanted with another. Moreover, more than 560 DePuy Attune Zimmer Knee Replacement lawsuits were filed, mostly against Biomet and Zimmer.

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