Knee replacements are touted as a method of reducing pain and increasing mobility in patients. For some patients, however, a knee replacement can cause serious complications, especially when the replacement or implant is defective.
Over 1,000 lawsuits have been filed against Zimmer, the maker of several different types of knee implants, over injuries caused by their products. There are many ways in which a knee replacement can fail, requiring additional surgeries and causing a patient harm. When a defective product leads to serious health complications, the patient can take legal action to recover the costs associated with their injury or illness.
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we are meeting with clients who have suffered harm because of defective Zimmer knee replacements. If you or a loved one has experienced injuries from these faulty products, we encourage you to contact us today to learn more about your legal options.
DEFECTIVE COMPONENTS IN ZIMMER KNEE REPLACEMENTS
There are several different types of knee replacements. Zimmer makes devices for partial and total knee replacements. Variations are available to accommodate patients based on their specific needs, age, activity level, and gender, among other considerations. These devices are also comprised of many different components, including screws, stems, and plates.
There have been several recalls covering Zimmer knee replacements and recalls over specific components in these devices. In some cases, the recalls were issued before the devices were implanted into patients, though it is unclear whether doctors or medical facilities might have allowed their use after the recall. In other cases, recalls were issued after the devices were in circulation, prompting additional surgical procedures in many patients.
COMMON INJURIES SUFFERED BY PATIENTS
Defective knee replacements carry the potential to cause several injuries to a patient. These injuries could include:
- Reduced mobility
- Fractures of surrounding bones
- Damage to surrounding tissues
- Blood clots.
Even for patients who haven’t suffered major physical harm, the additional surgeries, medical treatment, loss of time at work, and other consequences can result in serious financial setbacks. Knee surgeries are expensive, and when the knee implant is defective, it becomes exponentially costlier for a patient.
You shouldn’t have to pay the costs of a faulty knee implant. Through product liability claims, injured patients can hold negligent manufacturers accountable for the harm caused by defective medical devices. These claims are important for consumers because they offer a path to compensation and help shine a light on the harm caused by faulty products, potentially preventing the harm of patients in the future.
WHY ARE THESE DEFECTS HAPPENING?
Many of the faulty knee replacements or defective components were fast-tracked through the Food and Drug Administration’s approval process. Like many faulty medical devices, these products were not subject to thorough scrutiny before being used on patients. In many ways, this is an oversight failure inherent in our regulatory system, but it also represents a major failing by the companies who hastily release medical devices without proper regard for consumer safety.
Given the high number of knee replacements every year, it makes sense that a company would want to increase their hold over the market. Zimmer has indeed done very well in making money. The company’s net sales in 2016 were over $7 billion, 36% of which came from knee-related products. Zimmer is also well-aware of the fact they will continue to face legal issues, and the company allocates millions of dollars to put toward product liability litigation.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Patients who have suffered significant damages from a faulty knee implant need an attorney with experience, resources, and skill. At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we understand how important it is for clients to get results. Product liability cases, like those involving medical devices, can be especially complex. Our firm is well-equipped to take on the interests of large companies and stand up for the rights of our clients.
Terry Bryant is a Board Certified attorney and a former judge. His hand-picked team makes sure that clients are treated with respect as they cope with incredible challenges posed by their injury. If you you’ve been injured by a defective knee replacement, you should know that you have legal options. Contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law through our website or by calling 1 (800) 444-5000 or locally in the Houston area at (713) 973-8888.