If you or a loved one had a Persona knee implant that has failed, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.
At Pogust Braslow & Millrood, we help clients bring legal claims against manufacturers of defective medical devices. We pride ourselves on being a plaintiffs’ law firm focused on fighting for patient rights. To review whether you, a friend or family member may be eligible to pursue a Zimmer Persona knee lawsuit, contact us for a free consultation by calling 888-348-6787 or filling out our contact form.
Introduced in 2012, the Persona implant used a new substance called “trabecular metal” that eliminated the cement commonly used to bond knee implants with existing bone. A three-dimensional material, the trabecular metal features a “consistent, open and interconnected network of pores designed for bone on-growth and in-growth.” Zimmer marketed the implant as providing a superior anatomical fit, “ushering in a new era of personalization,” yet possible design defects associated with the knee replacement began to surface shortly after the devices were implanted. Some patients did not get the relief they had been expecting from mobility problems, stiffness or instability. Instead, they suffered knee pain involving a loosening of the implant due to a lack of fixation. Many experienced a complete replacement failure and had to undergo revision surgery.
In January of 2015, Persona knees were taken off the market; the next month, a recall notice was sent to surgeons and hospitals notifying them to remove the implant from their inventory. Although Zimmer initially estimated the complaint rate at about six out of every 1,000, some experts estimate that the failure rate may be substantially higher the longer the artificial knee replacement remains in place. In March, the FDA categorized the recall as a Class II, which is for products that might cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences. The recall affected an estimated 11,658 artificial knees implanted in individuals throughout the country.
Manufacturers have a duty to adequately research and test new knee replacement designs before marketing and encouraging orthopedic surgeons to begin using the artificial implant in patients. Even if you are not presently experiencing any negative side effects, if you have received a knee implant in the last few years, you should contact your doctor to determine the model of your implant, because serious problems could arise at any time. If it turns out that you have received a defective knee implant, you should take action to protect your rights.
If you had to undergo revision surgery due to a Persona knee implant failure or suspect that you might have to, you may be entitled to financial compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical expenses. At Pogust Braslow & Millrood, we are very familiar with complex litigation and have extensive practice going up against big medical device companies. Our aggressive legal tactics and comprehensive knowledge of products liability laws have allowed us to help many past clients. Our knee replacement lawyers will make sure you understand your legal position and will provide options for moving forward. Based near Philadelphia, PA, we take knee implant injury cases throughout the nation. We invite you to contact us today at 888-348-6787 or by filling out our contact form.