A Product Liability Lawsuit Can Help with Serious Health Issues Caused by Smith & Nephew Knee Implants
Smith & Nephew knee implants encompass a variety of FDA-approved products primarily used in the treatment of arthritis and osteoarthritis. Many individuals who received Smith & Nephew knee implants have since experienced inflammatory reactions, loss of mobility, infection, and significant pain. These life-disrupting problems are largely attributed to a lack of rigorous testing, which has been common among a larger group of faulty products allowed under the 510(k) notification program. We encourage all those experiencing undue health issues after receiving Smith & Nephew knee implants to speak with one of our Oklahoma City, OK, lawyers as soon as possible.
Our lawyers can help you submit your claim to hold the company responsible for your personal injuries. You may be entitled to significant compensation for your pain, expense, and loss of time.
Smith & Nephew knee implants have a long history of documented issues. In early 2010, the FDA announced a recall of nearly 40,000 defective tibial baseplates manufactured by the company.
Applications of Smith & Nephew Knee Implants
Smith & Nephew knee implants are designed to replace the bone and cartilage on the tibia and the end of the femur. The implants are composed of a few parts that interconnect and provide a range of motion, replicating the function of natural tissue. Replacing parts of the knee with Smith & Nephew knee implants is intended to result in reduced pain, swelling, and stiffness as well as increased mobility and deformity prevention (bowleg or knock knees).
While many of these products have provided great benefits to implant recipients, those produced as far back as 2003 have been recalled for causing significant damage due to implant failure and malfunction.
Our experienced attorneys are not afraid to bring your claim against these large companies, and can help you achieve justice for the pain, expense, and other losses you have suffered.
Smith & Nephew knee implants have an extensive history of issues, complaints, and recalls:
- In 2003, the Oxinium Pro-Fix II and Oxinium Genesis II were recalled, citing infection, joint damage, and muscle damage in many recipients. The devices were not bonding properly, and would often fail as quickly as two years after surgery.
- In 2010, the Journey II Uni Tibial Baseplates were recalled after many recipients reported that the baseplates were breaking very soon after surgery. Affected individuals had no choice but to undergo emergency revision surgery.
- In 2014, a hazard alert was issued by Smith & Nephew regarding the femoral implant component of the Journey Bi-Cruciate Stabilized knee replacement system.
The failure of these products has caused many recipients significant pain, severe inconvenience, and costly revision surgery. The implants also utilize oxidized zirconium over the cobalt chrome or titanium more commonly used in similar products, which have been shown to release particles as they wear, causing inflammation and other tissue damage.
Product Liability Cases
If you or a loved one have experienced any of these complications following the placement of Smith & Nephew knee implants, we highly encourage you to speak with one of our attorneys at Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC. Companies involved in product liability claims typically employ a team of legal professionals, making it extremely difficult for individuals to challenge them alone. Our experienced attorneys are not afraid to bring your claim against these large companies, and can help you achieve justice for the pain, expense, and other losses you have suffered.
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