Exactech Replacement Lawsuits

Exactech lawsuits seek compensation for injuries caused by the company’s faulty hip, knee and ankle replacements. Exactech issued recalls for thousands of its medical devices in 2021 and 2022 due to defective packaging.

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If you are experiencing complications from your Exactech hip, knee or ankle replacement, you may be entitled to compensation.

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Latest Exactech Lawsuit Updates

As of April 2024, there were 1,401 pending lawsuits in multidistrict litigation before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis presides over the MDL.

There have been no trials in the MDL. Lawsuits are in the initial stages, and the number of lawsuits has been steadily increasing as lawyers accept new cases.

Updates in Exactech Lawsuits

  • January 2024:
    The FDA announced Exactech had recalled an undetermined number of AcuMatch Hip System units after recieving complaints of loss of vacuum in the inner vacuum bag of four devices. The Class 2 recall affected devices distributed in the U.S. and 12 other countries.
  • January 2024:
    A status conference for the Exactech class action MDL was set for March 13, 2024, to discuss the current status of litigation, unresolved discovery matters and the selection of bellwether cases.
  • December 2023:
    Parties in the New York MDL and Exactech litigation in Florida were in the process of selecting bellwether test trials. By the end of the month, the parties planned to discuss the MDL bellwether plan.
  • October 2023:
    On Oct. 20, the stay on a pending transfer order from Oct. 7 was lifted and 20 more cases were transferred into MDL 3044 and are assigned to Sr. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis in New York.
  • March 2023:
    Judge Marcia M. Henry issued an order requiring all plaintiffs in the MDL to complete Plaintiff Facts Sheets before June 6, 2023.
  • October 2022:
    Judges consolidated Exactech cases from all over the country into multidistrict litigation in New York MDL 3044.
  • June 2021:
    Exactech issued a product safety alert warning that the polyethylene liners in its Connexion GXL hip systems were failing early, prompting the filing of lawsuits.
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In March 2023, the FDA warned about Exactech’s joint replacement devices made between 2004 and August 2021. The packaging caused the devices to degrade earlier than expected. Many people with faulty joint replacements require additional surgery.

In August 2022, Exactech expanded its recall to include a hip system called Connexion GXL — also due to a packaging issue that caused those devices to degrade faster than expected.

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Exactech Lawsuit Settlements

No verdicts or settlements have been reached in ongoing Exactech lawsuits. Lawyers are still accepting new clients.

Meanwhile, Exactech has hired Broadspire to help settle claims. However, receiving a settlement from Broadspire only reimburses money you already spent and won’t cover future medical care, lost wages, or provide a free replacement for a failed implant.

Past Exactech Litigation

Exactech faced legal issues in the past for providing faulty knee replacements to VA, Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

The company also paid orthopedic surgeons to use their hip and knee implants and submitted false claims to Medicare. This resulted in a lawsuit by the Department of Justice. Exactech settled the case with the federal government in 2010 for nearly $3 million.

Lawsuits Filed After Exactech Recalls

People file Exactech lawsuits because bad packaging allowed too much air to get in and made plastic knee and ankle replacements break down too soon. Exactech recalled thousands of polyethylene hip and knee inserts in August 2021 due to the packaging problem.

“The defective bags were missing one of the oxygen barrier layers that protect devices from oxidation, a chemical reaction with oxygen that can degrade plastics over time.”

Surgeons have implanted more than 143,000 possibly defective devices. If these devices fail early, thousands of people who received them could experience knee, ankle and hip replacement complications.

Why are Exactech lawsuits being filed? - Featuring Ellen Relkin, partner at Weitz & Luxenberg
Ellen Relkin, partner at Weitz & Luxenberg | 5:02 Why are Exactech lawsuits being filed?
Did you suffer serious complications after being implanted with an Exactech knee, ankle or hip device?
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Ellen Relkin, partner at Weitz & Luxenberg, explains why lawsuits are being filed against Exactech.

Exactech Lawsuit Case Study: Keith Nuzzo v. Exactech Inc.

On Feb. 21, 2012, Keith Nuzzo of Litchfield, Maine, underwent a right total knee replacement utilizing an Exactech Knee Device. On Feb. 28, 2012, he underwent a left total knee replacement, also using the Exactech Knee Device, performed by the same surgeon.

Implanted Components:

The Exactech knee device used in both surgeries included the following components:

  • Right Knee Replacement:
    • Exactech Tibial Insert
    • Exactech Trapezoid Tibial Tray
    • Exactech Femoral Component
  • Left Knee Replacement:
    • Exactech Tibial Insert
    • Exactech Trapezoid Tibial Tray
    • Exactech Femoral Component

Post-Implantation & Revision Surgery:

Initially, the Exactech Knee Devices functioned as expected. In 2016 and 2020 — four and eight years, respectively, after the initial surgery — Nuzzo underwent Exactech revision surgeries due to wear, osteolysis, and aseptic loosening of components with each knee.

Current Status & Injuries:

Despite revisions, Nuzzo experiences daily pain, which limits his activities and affects his quality of life. Allegedly, defects in the Exactech Knee Devices caused permanent injuries, including pain, metallosis, soft tissue damage, and more, leading to ongoing medical needs and seeking compensation for various damages.

Conclusion:

The lawsuit aims to hold Exactech, Inc. accountable for the claimed defects in their knee replacement devices and subsequent damages suffered by Keith Nuzzo. Nuzzo’s lawsuit says he “experiences daily knee pain and discomfort which limit [his] activities of daily living and recreation,” affecting his quality of life.

Which Injuries Are Claimed in Exactech Lawsuits?

Lawsuits claim several different injuries that may require revision surgery. All injuries may result from faulty packaging, leading to early failure or other complications.

Injuries from degraded inserts and liners include:
  • Accelerated debris
  • Bone loss from osteolysis
  • Cracking, grinding, clicking or other noises in the joint
  • Inability to bear weight
  • Instability
  • Joint swelling
  • Limited mobility or pain while walking
  • Loosening
  • New or worsening pain
  • Osteolysis
  • Polyethylene wear
  • Revision surgery because of osteolysis or polyethylene wear

Typically, 95% of knee replacements should last 10 years or more. But some loosened in as little as two or three years, according to Dr. Christopher Hutchins, a Connecticut orthopedic surgeon. Hutchins used Exactech’s Opetrak devices in 350 knee surgeries. He said in a deposition that this was “awfully premature” and “extraordinary,” according to a report by KFF Health News.

What injuries did people with Exactech hip knee or ankle replacements suffer? - Featuring Ellen Relkin, partner at Weitz & Luxenberg
Ellen Relkin, partner at Weitz & Luxenberg | 1:41 What injuries did people with Exactech hip knee or ankle replacements suffer?
People who experienced serious complications from their Exactech knee, hip or ankle replacement are filing lawsuits.
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Ellen Relkin, partner at Weitz & Luxenberg, discusses the injuries associated with Exactech joint replacements.

Exactech also warned doctors its Connexion GXL hip liner, used in hip replacement surgery, may also experience wear and tear earlier than expected. This can lead to bone tissue loss and require revision surgery — removing and replacing the artificial joint. Exactech did not announce a hip replacement recall for the device but has stopped producing it in the U.S.

Do You Qualify for an Exactech Lawsuit?

If you’ve had an Exactech hip, knee or ankle surgery using a recalled Exactech device and have experienced severe complications, you may be eligible to file an Exactech lawsuit against the company.

However, the criteria for eligibility vary depending on the year of your initial and revision surgery. You may not be eligible if you’ve had multiple revision surgeries before receiving the Exactech implant.

It’s best to consult an Exactech lawsuit attorney as soon as possible to confirm your eligibility and protect your right to file a lawsuit. They can help you understand your options and guide you through the process.

If you have the following implants, you may qualify for a lawsuit:
  • Optetrak: All-polyethylene CR Tibial Components, All-polyethylene PS Tibial Components, CR Tibial Inserts, CR Slope Tibial Inserts, PS Tibial Inserts, HI-FLEX® PS Tibial Inserts
  • Optetrak Logic: CR Tibial Inserts, CR Slope Tibial Inserts, CRC Tibial Inserts, PS Tibial Inserts, PSC Tibial Inserts, CC Tibial Inserts
  • Truliant: CR Tibial Inserts, CR Slope Tibial Inserts, CRC Tibial Inserts, PS Tibial Inserts, PSC Tibial Inserts
  • Vantage: Fixed-Bearing Liner Component
  • Connexion GXL Liners in: MCS Hip, Novation Hip, Acumatch Hip
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Choosing an Exactech Lawsuit Attorney

Choosing an experienced attorney for an Exactech lawsuit who can fight against medical device companies is important. Look for a national law firm with a track record of winning settlements and jury verdicts.

Drugwatch has partnered with the law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg, a leading national firm with a history of obtaining billions in multidistrict litigation settlements and jury verdicts.

The Exactech MDL judge has appointed W&L attorneys Ellen Relkin and Danielle Gold to leadership positions in the litigation.

What To Do If Your Exactech Replacement Was Recalled

If you had an Exactech knee or hip replacement or a Connexion GXL hip liner, contact your doctor to check for early wear or bone loss.

You may file a claim with the company or take legal action. But you should contact an attorney immediately if you choose to sue.

Most law firms offer free case reviews and only charge if they recover compensation for you.

Please seek the advice of a medical professional before making health care decisions.