When you undergo knee surgery, you hope for improved mobility, relief from recurring joint pain, and overall improvement of the functionality of that joint. What you likely do not expect, is to receive a defective product. Unfortunately, numerous patients who received knee implants using the DePuy Synthes Attune Knee System experienced extremely negative side effects due to dangerous design flaws.
With roughly 4.4 million Americans currently living with artificial knee implant, the chances that people are unknowingly relying on a defective implant is high indeed. In fact, over the past decade or so, at least 6 of the top knee implant manufacturers have issued recalls due to serious design and manufacturing flaws. Unfortunately, when an implant fails, it isn’t as simple as sending in the product and asking for your money back. These types of cases often require revision surgeries, compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, and more.
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Designed by DePuy Synthes, a subsidiary of the big pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson, the Attune Knee System was created to help patients requiring knee replacement surgery. These patients typically suffered from knee instability and poor range of motion, problems a replacement surgery will typically solve. Unfortunately, patients we received knee replacement surgeries using an Attune Knee System began developing serious side effects, including infection, device instability, and device failure.
In 2010 the device hit the market with the goal of improving the functionality of the joint in a way that surpassed the performance of other implants on the market. However, the device caused many implant recipients to suffer major complications because of the system’s design flaws.
In many cases, the issues associated with the defective Attune Knee System have been painful and have impeded patients’ ability to perform normal, daily tasks. Most of the patients who received defective implants required a revision surgery to correct the issues or a replacement implant.
Side effects of the DePuy Synthes Attune Knee System include:
If you suffered negative side effects after receiving a DePuy Synthes Attune Knee Implant after 2010, you may have viable defective product claim. Individuals who were harmed by a defective medical device have the right to seek compensation for the resulting damages caused by DePuy. Damages may include reimbursement for loss of wages, compensation for past, current, and future medical expenses involving the defective device, as well as pain and suffering.
At Rheingol, Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP, our firm is passionate about advocating for the rights of the injured. We provide each client with personal attention in order to better meet their needs, and our experienced attorneys specialize in complex cases.