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Knee replacement surgery is intended to help patients suffering from knee problems experience less pain and greater mobility. While many knee replacement surgeries prove successful, other patients are less lucky. Defective knee replacements lead to numerous complications, injuries, and other issues that require additional surgeries and treatment. In many cases, medical device manufacturers are aware of the issues with their products, yet they choose not to warn the public of the risks.
At Banker Law Group, P.C., we are committed to helping people who suffered needless injuries as a result of defective knee replacements. With 20 years of legal experience and thousands of claims resolved, Anthony Banker is a true trial attorney who knows how to present your case to insurance adjusters in a way that gets results. We understand the challenges you are facing, and we are here to fight for you and your right to a fair recovery.
Common Problems with Knee Replacement Implants
According to Drugwatch, medical device manufacturers have voluntarily issued hundreds of recalls for defective and/or dangerous knee replacement implants in recent years. Between 2013 and 2018 alone, more than 75 knee implant recalls were issued.
There is a wide variety of reasons for which knee implants are commonly recalled. These devices comprise numerous different components, any one of which can be faulty. The design of the implant itself may also be defective, or the device may be improperly labeled or marketed.
Some examples of relatively common issues with knee replacement implants include:
- Implants that fracture easily
- Flawed design/defective design
- Damage caused by surgeons forcing the implant to fit
- Parts/implants wearing out faster than expected/advertised
- Knee replacements loosening after being implanted
- Lack of proper instructions leading to confusion between left knee and right knee parts
- Improper packaging and labeling errors
Of the many manufacturers that produce knee implants, DePuy Synthes had the most recalls, with more than half of all total knee implant recalls from 2003 to 2018. Zimmer Biomet and Stryker had the second- and third-most recalls respectively, with Smith & Nephew's Journey | BCS Knee System being one of the more recent implants to be recalled by the FDA.
What to Do If You Received a Defective Knee Replacement
It can be incredibly devastating to experience unexpected and unnecessary complications and injuries after receiving a knee implant that was supposed to resolve your knee problems. The first thing you should do is make sure you receive all necessary treatment, including additional surgeries. This is very important for your health and well-being.
Be sure to document all complications and injuries in a journal, as well as any additional medical procedures or treatment you require as a result of the defective knee replacement. Keep track of your costs, as well as other issues, such as time taken off work to receive treatment/heal, pain that your injuries/complications have caused, and any disabilities that may have resulted.
Most importantly, reach out to an Anchorage product liability lawyer with experience in handling defective medical device cases. At Banker Law Group, we have assisted injured Alaskans in taking on large medical manufacturers and distributors. We understand what works and what doesn't and, in every case, we strive to help you secure the best possible outcome.
Get Help With Your Case Today
Even if you simply wish to speak to an attorney about your rights and legal options, our team is here to assist you. We offer completely free, no-pressure legal consultations. Should you choose to entrust us with your claim, there are no upfront costs for you. We offer contingency fees, meaning, if we do not recover compensation for you, you do not pay any attorney fees.
To learn more about how Banker Law Group can help you with your case, contact our knee replacement lawyer in Anchorage online or by phone at (907) 222-2999. Our firm offers free initial consultations.