Many knee replacement systems have a tendency to fail prematurely, causing patients extreme pain and tissue and bone damage. Faulty DePuy knees require revision surgery, which is more complex, painful, and invasive than typical knee replacement surgery. DePuy knee replacement systems should last approximately 15 years. Many reports are surfacing of DePuy knee failure after 1-2 years; in extreme case, DePuy knees are failing in mere months following the surgery. DePuy knee failure symptoms include pain, heat at the joint, hyperextension, knee instability, and swelling.
Reports of faulty DePuy knees is particularly disturbing because of the company's history with faulty joint replacement parts. DePuy, a subsidiary of the global health conglomerate Johnson & Johnson, has encountered extensive difficulties worldwide for the early failure rates of its hip replacement components. For example, in 2013 the company paid $2.5 billion to settle more than 8,000 DePuy lawsuits. Persons who were implanted with a faulty DePuy joint were awarded, on average, over $300,000 each for the pain, medical bills, and rehabilitation time they suffered. Critics say the DePuy recalls came too late, long after the company first learned about the problem and tens of thousands of patients were implanted with faulty DePuy parts.
Thus far, there have been multiple DePuy knee recalls for particular DePuy knee components, including the meniscal bearing insert in the LCS knee system and the LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail component. The number of complaints of early failure of DePuy knee parts indicates a large-scale DePuy knee recall may be on the horizon. Attorneys handling national DePuy knee lawsuits believe that persons who have been harmed by a faulty DePuy knee replacement or forced to undergo knee revision surgery may be entitled to significant compensation through filing a claim against the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary.
Backed by a strong track record of success in bringing pharmaceutical giants to justice for the harm caused by defective medical devices, these DePuy knee lawyers will work tirelessly on your behalf to pursue justice. Contact our firm today for a free, no-obligation knee replacement lawsuit case review. Should you choose to retain our DePuy knee attorneys, there is never any fee unless we win compensation on your behalf.