Injured by a Zimmer Persona Knee Implant?
NC Product Liability Attorneys Explain Details of the Zimmer Persona Recall
Zimmer Persona knee implants come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, allowing surgeons to customize the device, to a certain extent, for individual patients. In theory, this should reduce healing times and minimize complications, as well as decrease pain. However, product defects in these devices may lead to serious problems, such as loosening of implant plates. This requires corrective surgery to prevent eventual knee implant failure. As a result of these flaws, Zimmer issued a recall for these defective medical devices. Therefore, patients who suffered complications that necessitated the replacement of a Persona knee implant may be able to collect compensation from Zimmer for their medical bills and other damages.
If you have questions about the Zimmer Persona recall, then contact the product liability attorneys at Riddle & Brantley, LLP today. We are currently reviewing cases involving complications with these implants, and may be able to help you file a personal injury claim. In some cases, patients may not know whether their defective knee implants were Zimmer Persona devices. However, our attorneys can review your medical records to determine exactly what kind of implant caused your injuries. Even if Zimmer is not to blame, you may be entitled to compensation through a product liability claim against another company.
Which Devices are Included in the Zimmer Persona Recall?
In March of 2015, Zimmer issued a product recall for its Persona Knee Trabecular Metal Tibial Plates, one component of the Zimmer Persona Knee System. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then classified this as a Class II recall, which indicates a product might cause serious but reversible injuries or illnesses. However, these defective medical devices can still cause major complications
The Zimmer Persona recall includes all lots and sizes of implants (sizes C – J), as well as both left and right knee implants.
What Injuries May Result from Defective Zimmer Persona Knee Implants?
During knee replacement surgery, the ends of both the tibia and femur are resurfaced and/or replaced with metal implants. In Zimmer Persona implants, product defects in the plate that resurfaces the tibia (lower leg bone) can cause complications. Some patients have experienced plate loosening, often evidenced by the appearance of radiolucent lines. These are dark lines that appear at the top of the tibia on x-rays, indicating plate separation. The loosening of this plate may cause:
A loose tibial plate often requires corrective surgery to prevent total knee failure and broken bones. Revision surgery usually involves completely replacing the defective plate and/or joint. This may result in additional pain as well as medical bills, missed work and other issues, which can be costly.
As part of the Zimmer Persona recall, notices were sent to hospitals, doctors and surgeons to quarantine these defective medical devices to ensure they are no longer used. However, thousands of patients received these implants before the recall. Therefore, if you experience complications from your Zimmer Persona knee replacement, then you may be entitled to compensation for your revision surgery and other damages.
How Do I Know if My Defective Knee Implant was a Zimmer Device?
The Zimmer Persona knee replacement system first hit the market in 2012 after gaining approval from the FDA. The FDA maintains strict safety guidelines and regulations to prevent the sale of devices with dangerous product defects. However, FDA approval does not guarantee that an implant or other product is safe.
Additionally, the Zimmer Persona Knee System received approval through the FDA’s 501(k) program. This is an expedited process that does not require companies to perform the same level of comprehensive safety tests as usual. Instead, the manufacturer must simply demonstrate that the new product is substantially similar to another, previously-approved product. This can help ensure that crucial medications and medical devices get to the market as quickly as possible. However, it also increases the risk of dangerous product defects. Some companies may even purposely take advantage of this process to rush substandard products to market.
If you had knee replacement surgery between November 2012 and March 2015, then you may have received a Zimmer Persona implant. Your medical records, which the hospital keeps, will say exactly which implant you received and when. You may check these yourself or a North Carolina product liability lawyer can do so on your behalf.
Questions About the Zimmer Persona Recall? Contact Our Law Firm Today
If you or a loved one underwent knee replacement revision surgery after complications from a Zimmer implant, then contact our product liability attorneys today. The legal team at Riddle & Brantley can review your medical records to find if Zimmer manufactured your defective knee implant. If so, we can assist you in filing a personal injury claim and can represent your interests in negotiations or the courtroom. If a future multidistrict litigation or class action lawsuit can help in your case, then we can advise you of those options as well.
We have law offices throughout North Carolina, in Goldsboro, Raleigh, Jacksonville and Kinston, and we represent clients across the state. Call (800) 525-7111 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation today.