NuVasive Precice devices are medical implants designed for use in limb lengthening or shortening procedures, fracture fixation, and long bone transport operations. Such devices operate through adjustable rods placed inside the patient, which are driven by internal magnet mechanisms.
In July of 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a letter to health care providers warning them of potential health and injury risks associated with various Precice devices. These included reports of pain and changes in soft tissue and bone surrounding Precice devices.
If you or a loved one have used a Precice device and experienced any injuries or abnormalities, you may need to pursue legal action for damages. A qualified medical products lawyer at Osborne & Francis can provide you with:
- ✅Legal advice for your claim
- ✅Assistance with documents and forms
- ✅Guidance throughout the process
- ✅Representation in court
Contact us at (561) 293-2600 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options. Our attorneys have a proven track record in holding large medical device manufacturers responsible for the dangers they have presented to the public for defective devices.
What Issues May Be Involved in a NuVasive Precice Lawsuit?
NuVasive is being investigated in connection with the company’s Precice devices which could lead to biocompatibility issues. Biocompatibility refers to an implant’s ability to perform well in the body without causing rejection or other problems and injury. Bio-incompatibility can result in injuries and medical conditions like bone abnormalities, tissue degradation, inflammation, immune responses, cancer, and other negative reactions.
In February of 2021, NuVasive issued a voluntary recall for various limb lengthening Precice System implants due to biocompatibility concerns. Since then, the company has been under scrutiny for injuries caused by the biocompatibility issues.
There is a time limit to file a personal injury lawsuit called the statute of limitations. Be sure to contact an attorney right away, so you don’t lose your right to file a NuVasive Precice System lawsuit for compensation.
Which NuVasive & Precice Devices Have Been Recalled?
NuVasive has recalled several stainless steel and titanium-based Precice devices due to potential injury risks they present to patients.
Stainless Steel-Based NuVasive Products
While the company hasn’t confirmed the exact cause of the stainless steel product defects, reports seem to indicate problems where the telescoping (moving) parts of nails come together. There may also be issues regarding wear, corrosion, and exposure of various components.
Titanium-Based NuVasive Products
The FDA has not yet received reports of biocompatibility connected with titanium-based Precice implants. Nevertheless, NuVasive is currently investigating various titanium-based products for similar adverse events detected with the stainless steel products.
Thus, whether you or a loved one were fitted with stainless-steel or titanium Precice devices, you may need to contact a lawyer to determine the status of the product. Even if your product is not on the recall list, it could be subject to recall or investigation in the future.
What Do Damages Awards From NuVasive Precice System Lawsuits Cover?
While each case may be different, damages awards from a NuVasive Precice System lawsuit can cover a wide range of costs and expenses, including:
- Medical and hospital bills
- Costs of additional corrective surgery (known as “revision surgery”)
- Expenses not covered by traditional insurance
- Lost wages and loss of the ability to generate income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship of a loved one
Damages will vary depending on various factors, including the severity of the injuries involved, the extent of the lifestyle changes, and even the skill or experience of the attorney handling the case. This is why it’s important to contact a lawyer with a proven background in medical device litigation.
If you are unsure of whether you qualify to file a lawsuit, contact the lawyers at Osborne & Francis at (561) 293-2600 for more guidance and direction. Investigations are still ongoing, and new information may shed new light on potentially affected products.
What Injuries Were Named in This Lawsuit?
NuVasive Precice System lawsuits may focus on biocompatibility injuries — complications caused by the body reacting poorly to the implant device. These include bone problems, tissue reactions, and other injuries.
In particular, patients with Precice Stryde implants had pain and abnormal growth at the nail junction. Retrieved nails were found with corrosion and discoloration, and biological material was found in the nail.
NuVasive is currently investigating health problems linked to biocompatibility issues with its Precice devices, including:
- Chronic toxicity
- Developmental toxicity
- Reproductive toxicity
These types of injuries are often caused by improper or incomplete testing for biocompatibility. In such cases, the manufacturer responsible for such defective products must be held liable for their misconduct.
Seek immediate medical attention and contact a lawyer if you believe you may have been injured by NuVasive Precice products.
How Do I Qualify to Join This Lawsuit?
Patients with the following conditions may qualify for a NuVasive Precice System lawsuit:
- Bone abnormalities
- Bone degradation
- Developmental effects
- Reproductive system problems
- Skin irritation or burns
- Tissue death (necrosis) around the implant
- Tissue degradation
Additional eligibility factors may include:
- You had a Precice device implanted onto your limb or your spine
- You were at 18 years old or older at the time of the implant
- Your device was implanted in or after the year 2013
- Your device was adjusted using magnetic mechanisms or the remote external control
If you are unsure of whether you qualify to file a lawsuit, contact the lawyers at Osborne & Francis at (561) 293-2600 for more guidance and direction. Investigations are still ongoing, and new information may shed new light on potentially affected products. As mentioned, filing deadlines apply, so don’t delay in reaching out for assistance.
How Can I Contact a Medical Device Lawyer?
Defective medical devices such as those involved in the NuVasive recalls can cause significant injury to a patient. This is on top of any medical procedure they are already undergoing with the implant, so it can be a frustrating and painful ordeal. A NuVasive lawsuit may involve complex injury laws that require the assistance of an attorney well-versed in such legal concepts.
At Osborne & Francis, we have a proven track record of verdicts and settlements in the area of medical device litigation, including knee replacement implants, hip replacements, and other products. Our results include a $27.6 million verdict in a multi-plaintiff claim for a defective mesh device, as well as a $2 million verdict for a plaintiff injured by a Zimmer hip implant.
Our attorneys are on hand to assist you through your claim; contact us at (561) 293-2600 to set up a free consultation to discuss your legal options moving forward.
FAQs: NuVasive Precice System Lawsuits
NuVasive Precice System medical devices are typically used for limb-lengthening procedures. They also have other applications, such as shortening, compressing, or transporting segments of patients’ long bones. These are delicate procedures that require reliable medical devices and components free of any defects or corrosion.
NuVasive issued a recall for both stainless steel and titanium-based medical devices. Affected models include:
- Precice Bone Transport
- Precice Plate
- Precice Stryde
- Precice Freedom
- Precice Intramedullary Limb Lengthening (IMLL) Device
- Precice Short
- Precice Unyte
Get in touch with a lawyer at Osborne & Francis if you are unsure of which model you had or whether it was recalled.
You only have a limited window of time in which to file a lawsuit. The filing deadline is known as the statute of limitation, and is typically two years from the date of the injury (though it can vary depending on the circumstances and state laws).
NuVasive Precice System lawsuits can be complicated and may require complex medical and legal determinations. An experienced medical device lawyer can help with:
- Researching injury laws
- Reviewing the facts surrounding your case
- Formulating a strong legal strategy for trial
- Gathering documents and expert witnesses
- Arguing your case in court
At Osborne & Francis, we have direct experience litigating against large manufacturers of medical devices on behalf of our clients. We fight hard to ensure justice is served, and that our communities are kept safe from dangerous medical products.
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