Suffering from a Defective Knee Implant in Florida
The Florida Law Group: Filing Claims for Damages
Your knee is an important joint and plays a vital role in your mobility. When one isn’t working properly, you may not be able to work, engage in favorite activities or move around easily. Obtaining a replacement knee can cause a substantial increase in your mobility. Unfortunately, when the replacement knee is defective, it can cause you to experience severe pain, as well as require costly surgery to have another replacement knee installed.
If you have received a defective knee replacement and have suffered personal injury because of it, seek the immediate help of our Tampa personal injury lawyers at The Florida Law Group. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your suffering, as well as any lost wages you experienced due to the defective knee. We are available to speak with you about your condition and explain your legal rights and the options available to you.
Complications from a Defective Knee Implant
As the knee is such a critical component of the body, a defective replacement knee may cause substantial damage to the surrounding area, further aggravating the situation. This can create serious problems, particularly for the elderly who often do not recover from surgery as quickly.
Defective knee implants can lead to:
- Reduced mobility
- Complications for getting another replacement knee
A defective knee can also require long-term physical therapy and medical care. You may also need to take expensive anti-inflammatory drugs or other medications for ongoing complications related to the defective knee. All of these matters should be addressed in a comprehensive product liability claim for damages.
DePuy & Zimmer Knee Replacement Defects
The DePuy knee replacements have been under extreme scrutiny and have even been the subject of frequent lawsuits in recent years. As of January 2012, DePuy Orthopaedics pulled a number of its devices off of the market, including the components of the PFC Sigma Knee Systems product line. Some of the products were recalled due to dangerous bone loss as a requirement for various surgeries. Also, DePuy’s class I recall for the LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve informed surgeons to stop using this product to correct issues in the knee’s soft tissue and bones. The FDA says that the Diaphyseal Sleeve can cause infections and fractures in the knee.
The Zimmer Manufacturing Company creates a wide variety of knee replacements including the NexGen and the NexGen Flex. The NexGen Flex was created and implemented without clinical trials, and this has forced some of the early patients who received the device to undergo serious surgery procedures to replace the implant.
Some of the problems that victims suffered included:
- Severe knee pain
- Poor range of motion
- Device failure
- Loosening of the knee component
Tampa Personal Injury Lawyers Seeking Maximum Compensation for Your Injuries
If you have been injured by a defective medical device, then you need to seek our firm’s help right away. With the right lawyer on your side, you will be able to seek compensation from the manufacturer who allowed the sale of such a device. We are passionate about supporting those who have been harmed by a corporation’s negligent behavior and will work relentlessly on your behalf to help you pursue maximum compensation. Please keep in mind that the statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Florida is usually two years, so it is important that your case is addressed early.
Contact our Tampa product liability attorneys to obtain legal counsel to address your claim regarding a defective knee implant.