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Were You Injured by a Defective Exactech Knee Device?

At Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C., our highly experienced personal injury lawyers and defective medical device attorneys are currently hearing from locals across Rhode Island who have been injured or negatively affected by a defective Exactech knee replacement device, as well as certain joint and hip replacement devices. We can coordinate with medical professionals at hospitals across the state, such as Rhode Island Hospital, South County Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, and others, to learn more about the ways these unsafe medical devices are hurting patients due to manufacturer defects. If you live in Rhode Island and had an Exactech joint replacement system surgically implanted, you should talk to us about your legal options, whether or not it has already failed and caused you to suffer an injury or debilitation.

Exactech joint replacement systems affected by the recall due to a defect are:

  • Optetrak knee replacements
  • Logic knee replacements
  • Truliant knee replacements
  • Vantage total ankle replacements
  • Novation hip replacements
  • Acumatch hip replacements
  • MCS hip replacements

Our Rhode Island Exactech recall attorneys are ready to help you understand and use your rights as an injured party. Call (401) 200-4059 or contact us online for more information.

Why Were Exactech Knee Devices Recalled?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued another warning in 2023 about unsafe Exactech joint replacement devices manufactured between 2004 and August 2021. According to the reminder, which was based on the initial FDA recalls in 2021 and 2022, many Exactech knee, ankle, and hip replacement devices were packaged in defective bags that failed to prevent oxidation during transit and storage. As a result, certain components of the affected joint replacement devices were damaged by oxidization before being surgically implanted, putting the patient at an unknown risk of device failure.

The main reasons for the widespread Exactech knee, ankle, and hip replacement recalls are:

  1. Much higher risk of failure or revision after implantation.
  2. Increased risk of soft tissue injuries due to damaged plastic components.
  3. Potential risk of bone loss around the implanted device.
  4. Frequent or chronic pain or swelling in the affected area.

Any patient with a defective Exactech joint replacement device will most likely need revision surgery to replace it. Revision surgery comes with its own risks of complications, so the dangers caused by unsafe Exactech knee replacement devices could be even worse than they first appear.

Signs of a Failing Exactech Device

Exactech has warned surgeons to look for these signs of device failure in their patients:

  • New or worsening pain
  • Inability to bear weight on the replaced joint
  • Grinding or grating noise when walking
  • Swelling or redness
  • Instability when walking or moving
  • Signs of infection

If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms or other health complications after having an Exactech joint replacement device surgically implanted, please see your medical provider as soon as possible. The Exactech device might have failed due to a manufacturer defect. Your medical provider can advise you about the best course of action to alleviate the symptoms, which could include revision surgery.

Can You Sue Exactech?

You might be able to file an injury claim or lawsuit against Exactech for selling unsafe joint replacement devices and systems. Each case is unique, so the details of your case will matter when determining your eligibility to bring a claim against the medical device manufacturer. When you come to our Rhode Island Exactech lawsuit attorneys for legal counsel, we can start by seeing if you are eligible to file a claim.

Details of your case that can affect your ability to start a claim include:

  • What Exactech device was installed.
  • When it was installed.
  • How it failed if it has yet.
  • How you were injured by the device.
  • What treatments can help you recover.
  • And more.

Importantly, you do not necessarily need to have been injured by a defective Exactech knee replacement device to see if you can take legal action. Product liability laws, which apply to medical products and devices, may allow you to start a claim regardless of any medical device failure. Of course, any claim will be better prepared to stand up to the defendant’s scrutiny if there is evidence of a device failure that led to your injury.

Exactech Knee Replacement Claim Damages

If you or a loved one were injured due to an Exactech knee replacement device, it is only right to see what compensation may be available to you. Allow us to review your case, understand your injuries, and calculate the total compensation owed to you based on your damages. Our attorneys have the experience and resources needed to pursue every penny owed to you, and we know how to litigate in court or negotiate for a settlement.

Damages in an Exactech joint replacement device lawsuit could help pay for:

  • Past medical treatment costs related to the Exactech device.
  • Cost of future medical care needed to correct the harm caused by the Exactech device.
  • Lost wages if you missed work or paychecks due to Exactech device complications.
  • Lowered income earning capacity if your career path was permanently changed due to lasting complications or disabilities.
  • Pain, suffering, and discomfort caused by symptoms.
  • Hardships caused by reduced or lost independence.

Is the Hospital Liable for Your Injuries, Too?

In most Exactech recalled knee device claims, Exactech is the defendant because it is the company that made and sold the defective devices. However, in some cases, it might be possible that some of the liability is shared with a medical provider or medical institution. This unusual circumstance could occur if your medical provider knew of the Exactech recall but still allowed the device to be surgically implanted, or if you were not properly informed of the risks common to joint replacement devices.

Our legal team can research the details of your situation and medical care to see if the medical provider should be liable for your losses, too. As mentioned, it would be uncommon, but it’s not unheard of, so it’s worth considering. Our goal is to pursue the most compensation possible, which requires properly identifying all potential defendants. 

Learn More About Exactech Device Lawsuits Today

Talk to Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C. in Rhode Island about your Exactech recalled knee, ankle, or hip replacement device lawsuit today. If you have been injured or affected by a defective Exactech medical product, we want to be the legal team that you trust to pursue compensation and justice in your name.

Contact our firm online or dial (401) 200-4059 today.

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