Knee Replacement Lawsuits

Knee Replacement Recalls

Over 700 recalls have been issued for knee devices manufactured by the five largest medical device companies.  Many of these devices have caused serious injuries and the companies may be facing lawsuits regarding the injuries.  Affected devices include:

Zimmer Holdings has issued well over 200 recalls for knee devices or components, mainly due to complaints about its “NexGen” knee series including:

  • NexGen MIS Tibial Components
  • NexGen TM Tibial Trays
  • NexGen LPS-Flex GSF Femoral Component
  • NexGen MIS Modular Tibial Plates and Keels
  • Natural-Knee II Durasel Patella

Zimmer will be the second largest orthopedics company in the US after completion of an expected acquisition of Biomet.  Zimmer previously acquired Sulzer Medica, which had manufactured the Natural-Knee II device.  Sulzer had previously paid over $1 billion to settle claims related to the knee implant and other devices.

Over 1000 lawsuits regarding Zimmer’s NexGen devices have been filed in federal courts but the company will likely face many more and will also likely be responsible for any Biomet lawsuits that result from faulty knee devices.

DePuy Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson has issued over 470 recalls regarding its knee devices or components including:

  • TruMatch Personalized Solutions
  • PFC Sigma Knee System with titanium components
  • PFC Sigma Knee System components, sizes 2.5, 7 and 8
  • PFC Sigma Knee System 30mm – 40mm thick inserts
  • Femoral heads that include a 14/16 taper
  • Femoral heads with offsets greater than +12
  • LPS Diapyseal Sleeve
  • LCS Duofix Femoral Component

Johnson & Johnson, the parent company of DePuy Orthopaedics is the largest medical and pharmaceutical products company in the world.  DePuy was also warned in 2010 by the Food and Drug Administration regarding accusations of marketing without approval, though one of these systems was subsequently approved and others were removed from the market.

Biomet had 75 recalls in the last decade for devices including:

  • Vanguard PS Open Box Femoral Component
  • Vanguard DCM PS Plus Tibial Bearing Implant
  • Vanguard CR
  • Biomet Surgical instruments

Biomet is expected to be acquired by Zimmer holdings, however pending accusations of the bribery of Mexican officials may delay the merger.  If the merger succeeds, Biomet and Zimmer will become the second largest orthopedics company in the U.S.

Stryker Orthopedics issued nearly 120 recalls for some of its implants such as:

  • ShapeMatch Cutting Guide
  • Duracon Total Knee
  • Unicompartmental Knee System
  • Scorpio PS and CR components

Smith & Nephew filed for 11 recalls in the last decade including recalls of:

  • Journey Uni Tibial Baseplate
  • Oxinium Genesis II and Profix II

Knee Replacement Lawsuits

Many of the recalled devices have caused significant injury and required revision or additional replacement and reconstructive surgeries.  Thousands of lawsuits have already been filed and many more are expected in federal, state and local courts.

Patients who have experienced severe side effects may be eligible for monetary damages related to medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering.  In some cases punitive damages may also be awarded.

Patients should not discuss details of their medical condition with manufacturer’s representatives before consulting with an attorney of their own.

Mr. Nash has over 20 years of experience representing victims of defective products. We offer a free consultation, so we can explain your rights and answer your questions, so call us at (216) 691-3000 or email us.