Over 140,000 Exactech hip, knee and ankle implants have been recalled due to packaging errors that can lead to the breakdown of parts vital to the device’s function.
The result of these errors could be costly revision surgery and the risk of further injury.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries from an Exactech implant device, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Contact TorHoerman Law to see if you qualify for an Exactech lawsuit.
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Over 140,000 Exactech implants meant for the hip, knee, and ankle have been recalled because of polyethylene components that can potentially degrade in the body.
Recalled hip replacement liners include:
Recalled knee/ankle implants include:
Patients who received a recalled Exactech implant or replacement and subsequently suffered injuries related to polyethylene degradation may qualify for a lawsuit.
Patients who received the implant but have not yet experienced symptoms should contact a medical professional for more information, and later contact an attorney if injuries are discovered.
Filing a lawsuit against a large medical device company can seem overwhelming.
But with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney and law firm staff, the process will be simplified.
Contact an attorney for a consultation as soon as possible if you’ve been injured by an Exactech joint implant/replacement.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced recalls in August 2021 on Exactech knee, hip, and ankle replacements that contained polyethylene parts.
Packaging errors on the device have been found to cause the oxidation of polyethylene parts:
Products included in the Exactech recall date back to as early as 2004.
Due to the sheer amount of implants included in the Exactech recall, coupled with the dangers these implants may pose, lawsuits are expected across the United States.
According to the Exactech recall notice, the recalled products include both various lines of knee and ankle replacements as well as hip implant components:
Contact your doctor with any questions about the Exactech recall.
Many patients do not know how the implant used for their knee replacement, ankle replacement, or hip replacement was produced.
Many patients also don't know whether the implant had a potentially faulty insert or not.
We suggest asking your doctor or orthopedic surgeon for an updated copy of your medical records to determine the implant type and serial number.
From there, you can check the Exactech recall website to cross-reference your information with their recall documents.
Exactech is a global medical device company headquartered in Gainesville, Florida.
Exactech produces medical implants, instruments, and technologies related to joint replacement and joint replacement surgery.
In 2005, Exactech started packaging inserts in non-conforming bags with no secondary barrier of polyethylene vinyl alcohol.
Without enhanced oxygen resistance, the implants have the possibility of oxidation resulting in premature wear.
Exactech recalled their Connexion GXL hip replacement liner after a patient reported premature wear due to the oxidative damage.
The Exactech recall concerns the degradation and premature wear of polyethylene inserts that can result in various types of injuries, and can lead to the need for revision surgery to repair damaged bone and joints.
Certain polyethylene Exactech knee, ankle and hip replacements or liners may loosen or disintegrate in the body.
Symptoms of faulty joint replacements may include:
Corrective revision surgery is a replacement procedure of faulty implants in the knee, ankle, and hip.
Revision surgery can be physically and emotionally taxing on a patient.
To undergo one implant surgery is costly enough, but to undergo corrective revision surgery years afterward can add even more stress to a patient.
Revision surgeries can include:
Medical researchers have found that there is also some correlation between synovitis and polyethylene joint replacements.
Synovitis is a medical condition that involves inflammation of synovial tissue that runs through joint tissue.
The swelling can cause painful symptoms in the area of the knee.
If synovitis lasts a prolonged period of time, the joint may be permanently damaged.
Osteolysis is a progressive medical condition where bone tissue is destroyed.
There can be many causes of osteolysis
But, in terms of joint replacement surgery and implants (and particularly the recalled Exactech Implants) these medical devices can degrade - allowing bones and joints to rub against one another.
This causes your actual bones and joints to deteriorate and weaken over time.
You may be eligible to file a legal claim if you have an Exactech knee, ankle, or hip implant, or have suffered injuries related to a failed implant or their related defects.
Exactech is in the process of distributing letters to surgeons on the recalls as more information is coming out.
Surgeons are then expected to dutifly inform patients who have received Exactech Implants of the associated dangers.
If you are unsure whether you qualify for an Exactech Recall Lawsuit, contact us to receive a free case evaluation.
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Yes, you can file an Exactech Recall Lawsuit if you do not receive a letter.
Exactech's recall letter is not issued to consumers or manufacturers.
Instead, individual surgeons have a responsibility to educate those affected by a recall from Exactech.
Generally speaking, people who have relocated or lost contact with a physician will continue to receive updates from their former medical professional.
If a doctor resigns from their position at a hospital, Exactech could fail to notify affected patients they have served.
Finding the right personal injury lawyer to represent you in an Exactech Recall Lawsuit is an extremely important decision that should be made with caution.
Your legal representative will be able to simplify the legal process and work with you to strengthen your claim.
Hiring an attorney with a decorated history of success, who has your best interest in mind, and is adept in handling an attorney client relationship is key in ensuring a strong case and claim for compensation.
An experienced attorney and their law firm will help you assess your damages.
They may even be able to help you receive a higher amount of financial compensation than you previously thought possible - depending on the circumstances of your lawsuit.
It is important to discuss your case with an attorney to determine your state’s statute of limitations on your potential lawsuit.
Reach out to a professional Exactech Recall lawyer at TorHoerman law today to find out what steps you should take toward filing a legal claim.
The Civil Litigation Process is very time-consuming and requires keen attention to detail as well as extensive knowledge of legal jargon.
It can be overwhelming for those who are already having to deal with coping with complications and trauma from their injuries.
With the help of an experienced law firm, you should begin gathering evidence that will support your claim in court.
The amount of compensation that you may be awarded can fluctuate depending on your ability to provide evidence and prove the liability of another party for the injuries that you have suffered.
Furthermore, you will need to be able to demonstrate that you attempted to treat your injuries to the best of your ability.
Gathering evidence is a crucial step in building a strong case.
Evidence includes any documentation or records pertaining to your injuries and your defective medical devices.
Evidence may include:
Contact an attorney who is experienced in personal injury cases to gain personalized insight as to what evidence should be collected in order to build a strong case.
Mitigation is a critical element to any personal injury claim.
If you wait too long and the statute of limitations of your case expires, you may not be eligible to file a lawsuit or receive any compensation.
Proper steps to mitigation include:
Mitigation is a very important step in building a strong, honest claim.
Hip, knee and ankle replacements are relatively popular surgeries in the United States.
Certain medical issues like arthritis can cause the degradation of cartilage and cause immense pain.
Doctors will often recommend the insertion of implants or other medical devices to ease pain and help with the structural integrity of the joint.
Joint replacements can be needed for a variety of reasons.
The three (3) most common reasons people may need a joint replacement are:
The most common need for joint replacements stem from osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis.
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage in joints wears down over time, leading to symptoms including bone loss, trouble walking or changing position, and more.
Rheumatoid arthritis is another type of arthritis that often calls for surgeries like knee replacements, ankle replacements, and total hip replacements.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body mistakenly attacks its own joint tissue, and in late stages, renders joints inoperable and can affect other parts of the body.
Osteonecrosis is the disruption of blood flow to joints, often resulting in the death of bone tissue and the collapse of a joint.
Osteonecrosis can lead to arthritis and bone loss.
Hip, knee and ankle replacements are vital medical operations that can drastically improve somebody's life if done correctly.
In the event that you or a loved one suffered injuries because of a faulty Exactech knee, ankle, or hip replacement, contact an attorney as soon as possible.
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