HOW TO RECEIVE THE COMPENSATION YOU DESERVE FROM AN EXACTECH OPTETRAK TOTAL KNEE LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT
According to a recall announcement posted by Exactech, Inc., the medical device maker has recalled over 140,000 knee and ankle implant systems due to defective Exactech polyethylene (plastic) inserts. As a result of the defects, the polyethylene inserts degrade quickly, and patients with the affected implants may require revision surgery to correct the issue. In some cases, patients suffer bone loss, which can require revision surgery.
Exactech’s recall affects the following knee and ankle implants that have been manufactured since 2004:
- OPTETRAK Logic®
If you or a member of your family have been implanted with any of these knee or ankle implants, there is a significant chance that your implant is defective.
What is the Problem with the Recalled Exactech Knee and Ankle Implants?
According to Exactech’s recall announcement, the affected implants were packaged in “non-conforming” pre-surgical packaging. The vacuum-sealed packaging failed to protect the knee and ankle implants from oxygen leading to oxidation which can cause bone loss, accelerated production of wear debris, and/or component fatigue fracturing/cracking. In other words, oxidation causes the device to break down prematurely. Moreover, the defective packaging did not contain a second barrier with ethylene-vinyl alcohol to prevent oxygen contamination of the implants prior to implantation into “partial” and “total” knee and ankle replacement patients.
The potentially damaged tibial polyethylene (plastic) insert fits between the tibial component and the femoral component inside the knee implant. Patients who are affected by an Exactech knee recall may have already received a recall letter explaining the issue and what patients should do if they suffer symptoms of a failing knee or ankle implant. Patients who are suffering the following side effects, symptoms, or signs might need a medical assessment and medical attention. The symptoms of knee implant premature wear and/or failure include:
- Unusual and persistent pain,
- stiffness of the knee, and/or instability.
Patients who are not suffering the aforementioned symptoms should discuss the recall with their doctor at the next regularly scheduled implant checkups. An x-ray of the implant should be taken and reviewed by your doctor, even if there are no symptoms of a failing implant.
How to Get Legal Help to Recover Damages?
Patients and surgeons place an enormous amount of trust in surgical implant manufacturers to create safe, effective devices. Patients suffer tremendously when an implant maker does not ensure their products are safe. Patients who were implanted with an Exactech total knee or ankle implant should speak with their doctor to find out if their specific implant is part of this recall. If so, your doctor will determine if you will need revision surgery.
Patients who have been implanted with a recalled Exactech implant should speak with our product liability lawyers to find out if they can hold Exactech liable through an Exactech knee implant lawsuit. Surgical implant manufacturers should be held responsible for the injuries their products cause. Our experienced product liability lawyers can help you understand your legal rights and help you bring an Exactech knee implant lawsuit.
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At Parker Waichman LLP, our Knee Implant Lawsuit Lawyers have substantial experience representing clients in defective product cases, including defective medical implant claims, and you can be certain that our firm will work hard to obtain the best possible results in your implant defect case. An implant failure should not be taken lightly, so take the actions today to receive the financial compensation you need and deserve by calling 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to discuss your case.
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GET LEGAL HELP WITH YOUR EXACTECH OPTETRAK TOTAL KNEE LAWSUIT
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