Patients who had the defective Exactech products implanted in them may be exposed to premature wear of device components. This can present serious problems, including pain, bone loss, decreased joint functioning, and other symptoms, often requiring corrective revision surgery.
Affected Exactech products include:
The dangers presented by these defective implants are unacceptable. When it comes to your own body, you expect only the safest, most rigorously tested implant products and materials to be manufactured.
If you or a loved one were injured by an Exactech knee, hip, or ankle implant, you may be entitled to a legal remedy. Contact the experienced lawyers at Osborne & Francis at (561) 293-2600 for a free consultation. Continue reading to learn more about the issues associated with Exactech products.
So you've been in a car accident. What happens next? There are many things that you should do but here are the three most important:
Number One: See a doctor immediately.
A broken bone is easy to see, but some injuries are not. The most common injuries from car accidents happen in the neck, back, or head. The only way to diagnose and treat them is by seeing a doctor. A doctor can help ease the pain, provide medication, reassure you of how your injury may impact your daily life, and tell you what not to do to make it worse.
A visit to the doctor can also give you legally protected time off to recover and rest your body after an accident, and it documents and provides the evidence you may need for your case. Even a five-mile-per-hour car accident can cause a serious injury. So whether you've had a severe accident or a minor collision, see a doctor. And if you don't have medical insurance, let us know and we'll make sure that you receive the proper care.
Number Two: Write everything down.
Even if it seems small, during times of stress or injury it is common to forget the little details. Make sure you keep note of the pain that you're in. With neck, back, and head injuries, sometimes simple activities such as walking up the stairs or picking up a toddler may cause severe pain.
You may not be sleeping well at night. Documenting how much you sleep and how often you wake up due to pain is also very important. And lastly, if you have any cuts or bruises, take daily photos as you heal. This will provide visual evidence of the injuries that you've suffered.
Number Three: Do not speak to an insurance company until you've spoken to a lawyer.
Please understand that the insurance adjuster works for a billion-dollar corporation and not for you. Their interests are solely for their insurance company, and their goal is to provide you with the least amount of financial settlement as quickly as possible. When you do speak with them, remember they will record the conversation. Why do they do this? Because they've been trained to ask questions that may confuse you. So talk to us before you talk to them.
So remember: See a doctor, document everything, and call us before calling the insurance company for your free private consultation. We are here for you. Real tough lawyers fighting real tough issues.
Exactech has recalled hundreds of thousands of its knee and ankle implants. The company recently issued letters to patients who have received their ankle implant products (years 2017-2022) and knee implant products (years 2004-2022).
While reviewing their manufacturing process, Exactech found that one of the packaging layers for implant inserts was out of specification. The defective packaging was allowing oxygen to diffuse into the plastic insert before the knee or ankle implant surgery. If enough oxygen diffuses into the plastic piece before insertion, it can create conditions of oxidation.
Oxidation basically causes plastic implant parts to wear out prematurely or become damaged more quickly once implanted into the patient’s body.
Normal plastic implant inserts are supposed to be smooth and clean. However, inserts that have been subject to oxidation and retrieved from patients’ bodies were found to be rough and worn, thus compromising the structure and function of the entire knee replacement system.
Exactech hip liners are linked with early deterioration after the implant process. The liner goes into the cup of the hip socket, allowing it to interact with other hip replacement components.
Early wear of an Exactech hip implant liner can cause osteolysis of the femur bone and adjoining hip socket.
A defective hip implant component can seriously damage the patient’s hip joint, resulting in the need for corrective revision surgery. Revision surgery is often painful and burdensome on the patient, who is already experiencing joint problems, to begin with.
Studies characterize the damage caused by Exactech products as “extreme” and “catastrophic.” The damage can happen in an average of five years after surgery and In some cases less than a year after the product was implanted.
Each patient is different, and many different factors may affect the wear of the hip implant liner. For instance, medical information indicates that increased physical activity may be connected with an Exactech hip implant failure.
Defective Exactech knee or hip implants can cause severe, serious symptoms like:
These types of symptoms are serious and can completely alter a person’s ability to enjoy life normally. They can cause unnecessary medical expenses, more time off of work, and other challenges requiring legal action.
If you were fitted with an Exactech joint replacement product and are experiencing any of these symptoms, it could be a sign that your implant is defective. If so, seek medical attention immediately and contact our law firm at (561) 293-2600 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Our attorneys have extensive experience in litigating defective product claims and can provide you with advice on how to pursue a legal claim.
Medical implant injuries can be painful and can prevent you from accomplishing the things you enjoy doing daily. If you or a loved one were injured due to an Exactech knee, ankle, or hip implant, there are several important steps you need to take.
Following these steps can help you prepare properly for your claim. If you are unsure of how to compile these items, a defective medical products lawyer can guide you through the process.
To verify your defective Exactech implant, you should gather the following:
You may look up the serial number of your specific implant at https://recall.exac.com/. The serial number can also be found in your medical records.
When meeting with your attorney for an initial consultation, it is tremendously helpful to make a written account of your injury and the timeline of how it happened. You should write down:
You can also speak with an Exactech representative by calling their helpline at (888) 912-0403. However, to protect your own interests, it is highly recommended that you contact a lawyer before trying to reach out to them. Understand that their representatives will have the company’s interests in mind before yours.
Our attorneys can advise you on this process, and if you are unable to do so yourself, they can handle preparations on your behalf.
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Exactech implant injuries can present all sorts of challenges on top of the original medical condition. Manufacturers of medical devices should be held to high standards when it comes to patient safety. Pursuing a lawsuit can help place you on the path toward recovery and greater peace of mind.
However, such cases are often complex and typically require an experienced lawyer for assistance. If you were injured by an Exactech implant, contact us at (561) 293-2600 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation about your claim. We will review the facts of your case and strategize your next steps towards recovery.