Mass Tort Attorneys for Defective Exactech Hip, Knee, and Ankle Devices
If you have suffered adverse effects or required revision surgery due to a defective Exactech implant, contact Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP. You might be entitled to financial compensation for your injury and the resulting medical expenses. Errors in packaging created inherently dangerous products. The manufacturer should be held liable for its negligence.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Exactech recalls, flaws in the packaging of the devices left components vulnerable to oxidation. Oxidation can cause the device to degrade over time, eventually fracturing or cracking. This can cause serious medical complications, requiring revision surgery.
At Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP, our Alabama defective medical devices lawyers understand the devastating effects of defective products. You should not have sustained an injury or suffered health problems from an implant you believed would improve your quality of life. We are ready to represent you in your case and pursue the maximum compensation you’re entitled to.
Call us at (205) 324-1212 for a free consultation and to determine whether you’re eligible for a mass tort lawsuit against Exactech.
Why Choose Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP?
Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP has represented injured clients since 1997. We believe in holding negligent companies responsible for their misconduct. You were harmed by a defective medical device and deserve the opportunity to recover the money you’re owed. Our legal team will remain by your side and fight for justice on your behalf until the end.
Our dedicated and trusted mass tort attorneys have been recognized by some of the country’s most prestigious legal organizations. We have received awards from Super Lawyers, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and The National Trial Lawyers, to name just a few. Additionally, we hold a 10.0 rating from Avvo and an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
The financial strain many people face when a defective medical device injures them can be overwhelming. You might need another surgery to repair the damage and ongoing treatment to manage your pain and other symptoms. You might not be able to afford your medical bills and wonder whether you can pay for legal representation.
At Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP, we want our clients to pursue legal action without the burden of upfront fees or costs. We take cases on contingency, meaning we won’t charge you unless we secure compensation for you from the negligent manufacturer. If we lose your case, you will never owe us anything for our legal services.
Why Did Exactech Recall Its Hip, Knee, and Ankle Replacement Devices?
Exactech initially recalled its ankle and knee arthroplasty polyethylene inserts due to reports of degrading materials. The FDA classified the manufacturer’s recall as a Class II recall due to the risk of the devices failing and leading to necessary revision surgeries.
On February 7, 2022, Exactech sent a notice to hospitals, surgeons, and other medical providers regarding the issues with all of its hip, knee, and ankle replacement devices. The Urgent Medical Device Correction informed healthcare professionals of the defect in the vacuum bags used to package all hip, knee, and ankle devices.
The company discovered that the non-conforming vacuum bags, although oxygen resistant, didn’t have a secondary layer of ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH). This protective barrier is supposed to increase the device’s resistance to oxygen. Unfortunately, the lower resistance lead to increased material oxidation and eventual degradation.
Exactech Products Included in the Recall
According to the recall information released by Exactech, multiple types of the knee, hip, and ankle devices are subject to degradation, causing implant recipients adverse side effects.
Recalled Ankle and Knee Replacement Products
- Optetrak® CR Tibial Inserts
- Optetrak® HI-FLEX® PS Tibial Inserts
- Optetrak® All-polyethylene CR Tibial Components
- Optetrak®CR Slope Tibial Inserts
- Optetrak® PS Tibial Inserts
- Optetrak® All-polyethylene PS tibial Components
- Optetrak Logic® CRC Tibial Inserts
- Optetrak Logic® CR Tibial Inserts
- Optetrak Logic® CC Tibial Inserts
- Optetrak Logic® PS Tibial Inserts
- Optetrak Logic® CR Slope Tibial Inserts
- Optetrak Logic® PSC Tibial Inserts
- Truliant® CRC Tibial Inserts
- Truliant® CR Tibial Inserts
- Truliant® PSC Tibial Inserts
- Truliant® CR Slope Tibial Inserts
- Truliant® PS Tibial Inserts
- Vantage® Fixed-Bearing Liner Component
Hip Replacement Products with Recalled Connexion GXL Liners
- Exactech Novation®
- Exactech Acumatch®
- Exactech MCS®
Common Side Effects of a Defective Exactech Device
Degrading components in the ankle, knee, and hip replacement devices can cause a range of complications, including:
- Accelerated wear debris production
- Loosening of the device
- Bone loss
- Device failure
- Fractured and cracked components
- Disintegration of bone cells
- Corrective revision surgery
The most common side effects reported after surgery with an Exactech implant include:
- Inability to bear weight
- New or worsening pain
- Osteolysis of the bone
- Grinding or other noise from a loose device
- Unstable ankle or knee
- Inflammation of the synovial membrane (lining of the joint)
If you notice any unusual or unexpected side effects after receiving a hip, knee, or ankle joint replacement device manufactured by Exactech, seek immediate medical care.
Compensation Available for Injuries Caused by a Defective Knee, Hip, or Ankle Insert
Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP could include you in a mass tort lawsuit against Exactech if you’re eligible. A mass tort case involves multiple plaintiffs pursuing legal action against the same defendant due to similar injuries.
The compensation you receive could cover the losses you suffered from the complications you experienced. These losses might include:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
You could also pursue punitive damages. This type of compensation is meant to punish the defendant and discourage similar misconduct in the future if you can show clear and convincing evidence of the manufacturer’s deliberate or conscious actions involving wantonness, oppression, malice, or fraud.
At Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP, our Exactech replacement mass tort attorneys have more than two decades of experience handling product liability cases. We’re not afraid to go up against large manufacturing companies in lawsuits. We will provide dependable legal services and support from start to finish of the process.
You can count on our legal team to advocate for your rights and reach a positive outcome. Don’t attempt to handle your case alone. Let us take on the responsibility for the lawsuit and pursue the compensation you deserve.
Call Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP at (205) 324-1212 right now for your free consultation if you suffered an injury or complications from a defective Exactech knee, hip, or ankle replacement device.