The product and medical liability attorneys at The Law Offices of Peter Angelos provide an update on the ongoing Attune knee replacement lawsuit.
Approximately 700,000 Americans undergo knee replacement surgery every year. Knee implants can provide individuals of a certain age, as well as those who have been in accidents, greater mobility, and most implants are said to last decades before they need replacing. However, implantation and replacement surgery must be done with the utmost care, using products with an unparalleled track record. Correcting faulty knee implant surgery can be emotionally, physically and financially devastating to a patient, and unfortunately, this has been a reality for thousands of patients who underwent replacement surgery using the Attune Knee Replacement System.
Attune Knee Replacement Failures
Initial reports suggest that the Attune Knee System’s failures have stemmed from a shift in the tibial base plate within the system. Due to the smoothness of the tibial component, the cement used to hold the component in place has been shown not to adhere properly, causing slippage and knee destabilization. Research presented in the Journal of Knee Surgery suggests that this design defect can cause early device failure and injury.
Multidistrict Litigation a Possibility in the Near Future
Currently, it is estimated that approximately 10,000 individuals across the country may be affected by the faulty Attune Knee System. Cases of this nature are not usually heard as part of a class action lawsuit, but instead consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL). MDL courts are typically more apt in such cases where the harm suffered may vary from person to person, in that MDL’s generally contemplate compensation based on criteria that accounts for the amount of harm suffered by each person.
Why File a Knee Replacement Lawsuit?
Patients who have undergone knee replacement surgery using the Attune system may suffer from complications such as infection, decreased range of motion, tibia and femur fractures, pain and instability. In many cases, the failure of the Attune Knee System can only be rectified by the patient undergoing revision surgery to remove and replace the implant. This surgery can be quite invasive, painful and costly.
If you or a loved one has suffered severe pain, swelling or destabilization of the knee, and has previously undergone a knee replacement using the Attune Knee System, contact the medical device liability attorneys at The Law Offices of Peter Angelos for a no-fee consultation today.