Zimmer Knee Recall: Did the Company Wait Too Long?
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The Zimmer knee recall was due to reports of failure rates close to 10% - and more than 35% of patients experienced loosening of the knee. That's not good news for Zimmer knee replacement patients who may have to undergo additional, expensive and painful surgeries.
Zimmer Knee vs. Standard Knee
Typically, a knee replacement should last for a minimum of ten years. There have been a number of studies that have examined the Zimmer knee as compared to the standard knee. Although data seems to demonstrate that flex knees provide the necessary flexion that they were designed to do within the first year, any additional good news ends there. By year three, almost no difference is distinguishable from the standard knee, and by year five the flexion is less in a High-Flex Zimmer Knee than a standard knee, but the revision rate for the flex knees is higher - leading many to believe that the product is defective.
Theories About When the Company Knew About NexGen Knee Problems
These issues have been reported in national registries from both Australia and New Zealand. Trends that are being seen in the data suggest that there may be no benefit to having a High-Flex NexGen Knee.
There have been studies out for some time that have questioned the benefit of the High-Flex design and internal documents will shed light as to what the company knew and when they knew it. Certainly as it stands now, Zimmer has not recalled its flex knees - its CR-Flex, LPS-Flex or its Gender Solution High-Flex - but Zimmer knee injury lawyers believe that the company is on notice now.
The New York Times expose in June 2010 detailed the issue, but Zimmer has allegedly done nothing to notify patients of the lack of benefit, the possible risks associated with them and the high rate of revision associated with High-Flex NexGen Knees - and possibly cementless knees as well.
You May Be Entitled To Zimmer NexGen Knee Compensation
You could receive Zimmer NexGen Knee compensation for extensive pain and suffering, loss of life's enjoyment, lost wages, medical bills and loss of future earning capacity - especially for younger people who have been on the road to recovery and now find out that their ordeal isn't over.
For married clients, compensation might come from the loss of consortium. For people who have become immobile, a spouse may have to do a lot of things they wouldn't otherwise have to do. They pick up a lot of the slack and take on added pressure, as well as experience a loss of intimacy and pleasure.
Contact an experienced products liability attorney to discuss your situation, determine your legal rights, and find out whether you might be entitled to Zimmer NexGen Knee compensation. A products liability attorney will help you decide whether filing a Zimmer lawsuit against the company is in your best interests.