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Defective medical devices: Lawsuit filed over knee implant flaws

Many patients in Tennessee and across the nation rely on a medical device to aid in treating a health condition. These individuals may also expect to be informed of any potential risks associated with a product, as dangerous or defective medical devices can pose a serious threat to the health of a patient. A medical device maker in another state has recently become the subject of a lawsuit after it failed to notify medical professionals of defects in certain replacement knees.

According to reports, the lawsuit was filed in relation to flaws in the knee replacements that allowed them to come loose from the bone. According to the lawsuit, these flaws can cause a patient to experience a variety of issues, such as severe pain and difficulty with mobility. In addition, patients who have a defective device implanted within them may be forced to endure multiple surgeries to remove the product and replace it with a functional one.

These flaws reportedly pertained to the ceramic coating of the implants, which causes moisture to build up around its surface and prevents the device from properly attaching to bones in the leg. The lawsuit asserts that the manufacturing company was aware of the defect and failed to inform the necessary parties of the potential risks involved. The company reportedly sought approval for the product by informing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that it was similar to models that were already approved for sale.

Patients who experience severe pain and suffering due to defective medical devices may be entitled to pursue restitution for damages incurred, but they might be uncertain how to achieve this goal. When facing a similar situation, a person in Tennessee could consult with an attorney for assistance in navigating the process. An attorney can evaluate the client's situation and assist in pursuing the full amount of compensation to which he or she is entitled to receive.

Source: mcall.com, "Lawsuit alleges B. Braun subsidiary knew about flaw in replacement knees", Peter Hall, March 13, 2018

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