Knee and other joint replacements are intended to restore damaged joints so that patients can move freely and comfortably. When joint replacements work as intended, they can have a positive impact on a person’s life. Unfortunately, an alarming number of patients receive defective knee replacements.
Defective knee replacement lawsuits allow our Melbourne, FL, Cocoa, FL, and Titusville, FL, clients at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. to seek financial compensation for damages stemming from device failure. Our product liability attorneys fight to hold manufacturers responsible for faulty parts that result in pain, infection, muscle damage, or bone loss.
Issues with Defective Knee Replacements
When a knee replacement is defective, it is often apparent soon after surgery. Most cases of defective knee implants involve early device failure, with signs of failure typically occurring within two months of the initial surgery.
Common issues with defective knee replacements include loosening of the implant’s tibial baseplate, dislocation of the knee implant, or the implant completely falling apart.
Defective Knee Replacement Injuries
If a knee implant becomes loose, falls out of place, or breaks apart, it can be extremely painful for our clients. Intense pain is the most common symptom of a defective knee replacement, which is also likely to result in limited movement or motility. While revision surgery to replace the defective implant can often eliminate pain and restore movement, a defective knee implant can also result in more serious, long-lasting injuries.
When a knee implant is damaged, it often leads to an infection. The device may also rub against surrounding bone and muscles. If the damaged device is not replaced in a timely manner, it can cause substantial bone and tissue damage. Unfortunately, even after an infection is treated or a defective knee implant is replaced, the structural damage that it caused may be permanent. Long-term symptoms of a defective knee replacement may include pain and joint stiffness.
Filing a Lawsuit
Patients who have been injured by a defective knee implant have the right to file a product liability suit to seek financial compensation for damages. A manufacturer or distributor of defective knee implants can be held accountable for:
- Manufacturing a faulty implant
- Marketing a knee replacement as safe or effective when they knew it wasn’t
- Failing to recognize defects that should have been known
- Neglecting to warn consumers about potential defects
The exact compensation that is due to each of our Titusville clients varies based on the details of the case. Common areas of damage include pain and suffering, medical expenses stemming from revision surgery or injury care, and lost wages.
Under certain circumstances, punitive damages may also be awarded in a product liability case. Punitive damages punish manufacturers for blatant negligence or reckless behavior. Our attorneys will explore all areas of loss so that we can fight for maximum compensation for our clients.
Many cases of defective knee replacements are completely avoidable. It is important to hold manufacturers responsible for submitting patients to unnecessary pain and suffering. To discuss the details of your situation and find out if there are grounds for a product liability lawsuit, send us a message at your earliest convenience, or call Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. at (321) 308-8020.