If you’ve experienced complications associated with a defective DePuy elbow implant, then you may be eligible to receive damages for your pain and suffering. Contact The Buckley Law Group today to schedule a free case evaluation, so we can fight for the compensation you deserve.
JOHNSON & JOHNSON’S CLASS 1 RECALL
In late December 2016, Johnson & Johnson issued a Class 1 Recall of their DePuy Synthes radial head prosthesis after acknowledging that the stem – the part that secures the implant in the radius bone of a patient – may loosen over time after surgery. Due to the severity of a class 1 recall along with the decline in a patient’s quality of life as a result of the defective device, patients should be aware of the risks associated with their prosthesis.
WHAT IS A CLASS 1 RECALL?
Considered the most serious of recalls assigned by the United States Food and Drug Administration, a Class 1 recall for a medical device involves dangerous or defective products that, based on FDA data, can likely cause serious health issues and even death. Because of the severity of the problem at hand and its effect on a patient’s quality of life, the urgency of adhering to the recall cannot be overstated.
ABOUT THE DEPUY SYNTHES RADIAL HEAD PROSTHESIS SYSTEM
Manufactured by DePuy Synthes, a division of Johnson & Johnson, this two-piece prosthesis system is intended to replace the radial head within the arm. The radial head is located at the top of the radius (the smaller of the two bones in the human forearm), and it joins with the ulna (the larger of the two forearm bones) and the upper arm’s humerus to form the elbow joint. When significantly fractured or damaged, the radial head may need to be removed and substituted with an artificial replacement.
First announced in late 2013, DePuy Synthes’ prosthesis was designed to serve as a primary and revision joint replacement of a patient’s radial head when joint mobility required surgery. Because degenerative diseases and bone fracturing issues are common, these types of surgeries are often necessary to restore full-range motion.
WHY WAS THE RADIAL HEAD RECALLED?
Reported complications of the radial head prosthesis include:
- Severe joint pain
- Device loosening
- Osteolysis (destruction of bone tissue)
- Poor joint mechanics
- Post-operative bone fracturing
- Soft tissue damage
In addition to these complications, affected patients may also have required the inconvenience of a second surgery, further adding to the financial burden and efforts associated with the desired outcome of the implant.
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE TO PURSUE AN ELBOW IMPLANT LAWSUIT?
If you or a family member are experiencing difficulties with the DePuy Synthes radial head prosthesis, you may benefit from legal advice. Contact The Buckley Law Group immediately for a free evaluation of your potential claim. We want to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve!