People who have filed knee replacement lawsuits claim that the devices loosened, became unstable and required surgery to correct their problems. One knee implant manufacturer paid $1 billion to settle 4,000 lawsuits filed over its faulty devices.
Did you or a loved one suffer complications after receiving a knee replacement? You may be eligible for compensation.
*Update: Drugwatch’s legal partners are accepting Depuy Attune knee cases. DePuy Attune knee replacement lawsuits are still in the early stages. Hundreds more Attune knee lawsuits are possible. Zimmer NexGen knee replacement lawsuits are in the final settlement stages. In February 2018, Zimmer Biomet agreed to settle about 300 NexGen lawsuits.
Thousands of people have filed knee replacement lawsuits in recent years. Knee replacement lawsuits accuse device manufacturers of selling faulty implants.
People with DePuy Attune knee replacements reported loosening problems with the devices. A study found cement may fail to bond the implant to bone.
Attorneys in Alabama filed the first DePuy Attune knee replacement lawsuit in September 2017. A steady stream of filings around the country followed.
Lawyers estimate hundreds of patients may file DePuy knee replacement lawsuits in 2018. If that happens, lawyers may ask to combine the suits into a multidistrict litigation, or MDL. MDLs help several similar lawsuits move more quickly through the legal process.
The Zimmer NexGen Knee MDL was the only active knee replacement MDL as of August 2018. The Zimmer MDL once involved more than 1,700 individual lawsuits. The court dismissed most of them.
Zimmer Biomet agreed to a NexGen lawsuit settlement in February 2018. It affects all remaining Zimmer knee replacement lawsuits.
The NexGen knee settlement amount is confidential. There were 264 NexGen knee lawsuits still pending as of August 2018.
People have also claimed injuries from other models of knee replacements. These include B. Braun and Stryker knee replacement lawsuits.
People filed lawsuits over the DePuy Attune and Zimmer NexGen knees due to loosening. The devices failed to attach to patients’ bones.
A 2017 study found that two in 15 Attune knees suffered loosening. But the study looked at only those 15 cases.
Loosening makes knee replacements unstable. Patients must have revision knee surgery to repair the faulty knee implant. Revision surgery presents added surgical risks, hospital bills and lost wages. People sue to recover these costs.
Filing a knee replacement lawsuit can be a complicated process. There are several things to consider before filing.
Knee replacement lawsuits usually claim that the product was defective. They also claim that the manufacturer knew or should have known about the risks, but the maker failed to warn patients.
Most of the recent knee replacement lawsuits name DePuy and Zimmer. But other knee replacement makers face lawsuits, too.
|Manufacturer||Model Name||Why People Are Suing|
|Arthrex||iBalance Knee||Pain and instability|
|B. Braun||Advanced Surface ceramic coated knees||Loosening due to cement failure|
|DePuy||Attune Knee System||Loosening and instability|
|Exactech||Optetrack Knee||Excessive wear and premature failure|
Loosening due to defective screws
|Stryker||Duracon Unicompartmental Knee System||Pain, instability, restricted motion|
There are no publicly announced Attune knee replacement settlements. No Attune knee lawsuits have gone to trial, so there are no verdicts yet.
One of the largest knee replacement settlement amounts was a $1 billion payment in 2002. Sulzer Medica agreed to pay $1 billion to settle roughly 4,000 lawsuits over its hip and knee implants.
In February 2018, Zimmer announced a settlement in the remaining NexGen knee lawsuits. The exact amount of the NexGen knee replacement settlement is unknown. The company and the patients who sued agreed to keep the amount confidential.
Average settlements for faulty knee replacements can vary.
There are no knee replacement class action lawsuits. Class actions are not always well suited for medical device lawsuits.
Usually, people will file individual lawsuits against a manufacturer over a knee implant. Many times people will sue the same company for similar problems. Courts will sometimes combine those similar cases. A federal panel sometimes creates multidistrict litigations to handle these cases.
Please seek the advice of a medical professional before making health care decisions.
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