DePuy Knee Sleeve Lawsuits - FDA Recall for Fracture Problems
If you or a loved one has suffered serious health problems or lost someone to death as a result of the use of a DePuy Orthopaedics LPS Diaphyseal Knee Sleeve you may be eligible to file a DePuy knee sleeve lawsuit and seek compensation.
Our experienced, aggressive lawyers are now investigating claims from families who have been affected by this product, which was the subject of a recent Class 1 National Recall in which the Food and Drug Administration warned that health complications as drastic as death could occur if the device malfunctions.
Here is the specific warning from the FDA about the consequences of a DePuy knee sleeve failure:
"This may result in fracture of the sleeve at the taper joint which may also lead to loss of function or loss of limb, infection, compromised soft tissue or death."
Please contact our attorneys as soon as possible to ensure that all of your legal rights are protected. There may be time limits involved in certain cases and the earlier you contact us the more effectively we can begin pursuing compensation in cases in which eligibility is determined.
Free consultations are being offered to advise families about the legal options that may be available to them in seeking compensation for medical costs, loss of wages, pain and suffering or other expenses that may have been incurred as a result of a malfunction of the DePuy knee sleeve.
FDA CLASS 1 DEPUY KNEE SLEEVE RECALL
The DePuy Orthopaedics LPS Diaphyseal Knee Sleeve is described by the manufacturer as an end-stage revision knee device that has been used in numerous operations by surgeons who are reconstructing severe soft tissue and bony defects. The diaphyseal sleeve is intended to enhance the fit and fill of the diaphyseal femoral canal with femoral and tibial replacements.
In an urgent notification to health care professionals and consumers, the FDA on Feb. 22, 2013 issued a Class 1 Recall of the DePuy Orthopaedics LPS Diaphyseal Knee Sleeve. Class I recalls are the most serious type of recall and involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.
The FDA said in its announcement that the LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve to Diaphyseal Sleeve Base taper connection may not be sufficient to accommodate potential physiologic loads that may be transferred to the junction during normal gait activities by some patients.
FDA officials warned: "This may result in fracture of the sleeve at the taper joint which may also lead to loss of function or loss of limb, infection, compromised soft tissue or death."
The FDA said it acted after receiving 10 reports (6 fractures and 4 reports of loosening that may or may not be attributed to the same device design issue) of incidents in which the device has malfunctioned.
DePuy has informed the FDA that the affected devices were manufactured from 2008 to July 20, 2012 and that it has recommended that hospitals and surgeons immediately stop distributing or using the recalled lots.
DePuy Knee Sleeve Failure Symptoms
The FDA documents what are called Adverse Events that it receives from physicians and patients about serious health problems and side effects caused by the use of medications and medical devices. Here are some of the Adverse Events that the agency has cited in connection with DePuy knee sleeve problems:
- Possible loss of limb
- Decreased range of motion
- Lengthening or shortening of leg
- Flexion contracture
- Bone fractures
- A shift in the positioning of the components of the device
- Loosening, bending, cracking, fracture, deformation or wear of one or more of the components
If you or a loved one have suffered any of these serious side effects as a result of a DePuy knee sleeve you may be eligible for compensation. Call our experienced DePuy knee sleeve legal team as soon as possible for a free consultation.
HOW TO FILE A DEPUY KNEE SLEEVE CLAIM
These are not the first medical products manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics that have been the subject of massive recalls and a wave of lawsuits on behalf of patients injured by those products.
DePuy was forced to recall thousands of its metal-on-metal hip implant systems a few years ago and there have been so many lawsuits filed by injured patients that the federal court system has consolidated them into what is called a multi-district litigation.
The members of our DePuy knee sleeve legal team are part of a nationwide network experienced in handling such claims. We can make it easy for you but first you need to contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation to determine the status of your eligibility.
We stand ready to provide aggressive legal representation seeking the compensation that our clients may be entitled to over failures of the DePuy knee sleeve, dependent upon the circumstances of your case.