Exactech® Hip Recall Lawyers
Hip replacement surgery intends to improve a patient’s life by treating problems such as arthritis, pain, and loss of mobility. Unfortunately, in recent years, many hip implants have caused serious health complications. Exactech® hip implants such as Acumatch, MCS and Novation implants have recently been recalled and patients who received these implants may be entitled to compensation.
Di Pietro Partners is an experienced product liability law firm. Our lawyers work with top quality board certified physicians to assess each case and ensure the best possible outcome for clients. If you or someone you know received a recalled Exactech® hip implant and are experiencing issues, you should seek legal and medical advice immediately.
To learn more about the Exactech® hip recall lawsuit contact our office for a free case evaluation. We pursue claims anywhere in the United States.
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Recalled Exactech® Hip Implants
Acumatch® – The Acumatch® hip is a popular implant that has been used for years in a wide variety of patients. Designed with several different sizing and shape options, these implants are highly adaptable to any particular bone shape or condition, making them exceptionally effective.
MCS®– Modulus Compatible Stability® total hip replacement systems are designed to be a complete ball and socket replacement hip system. This system is designed with a four part system that utilizes an acetabular cup and interface with a femoral head and stem.
Novation®– The Novation® hip implant system is designed for use as both a splined and tapered press fit implant as well as collared matte finished cemented stem installations, these are designed to be highly adaptable and reliable for long term usage. They come with a 45 micron HA coating for optimal mechanical fixation.
Exactech® Hip Implant Complications
With its roots beginning in the hip replacement marketplace in 1985, Exactech® has sold hundreds of thousands of hip replacement systems over the years, the majority of which have had great success. Unfortunately however, some patients have had complications and difficulties after surgery. This is the result of defective packing that resulted in abnormal levels of deterioration in the joint that can cause excessive and premature wear and looseness in the mounting as well as the joint surface itself. Surgery is typically required to rectify this. Patients who have been experiencing complications associated with these Exactech® implants generally have the following symptoms:
- Joint Instability
- Impaired Joint Function
- Joint Pain
- Stiffness in Joint
- Swelling of Area Around Implant
Hip Revision Surgery
While the surgery itself only takes two to three hours per knee, the recovery time can typically take a minimum of six months to be able to participate in basic activities such as walking and up to twelve months for full functionality and demanding activities. For those who participate in physical activities for employment, pleasure or otherwise, this can be a serious issue, requiring financial compensation to cover lost wages, reduced quality of life, etc.
As mentioned earlier, the majority of situations will require hip revision surgery. Because the polyethylene insert is the component that fails as a result of the packaging defect, it must be completely replaced. Although no one looks forward to having a second surgery on their hips, the manual replacement of the defective component is required in order to rectify the problem covered under this Exactech® recall.
Generally speaking these surgeries are 60 to 90 minutes in length. While the surgery itself is short, the recovery time for hip replacement or revision surgeries is typically 12 to 26 weeks. This means that the patient will be unable to participate in normal basic daily activities on their own such as walking, climbing stairs, etc. In fact, it takes a full twelve months to fully recover and be able to participate in demanding activities such as sports, running, lifting heavy objects and athletics.
This long recovery period can cause serious issues for patients, often preventing them from work and requiring them to hire home assistants to get them through their daily tasks. These challenges require financial compensation to offset the considerable costs associated with hired help as well as the compensation for the unnecessarily reduced quality of life the patient suffers.
Exactech® Hip Replacement Lawsuit
There are several different Exactech® hip implants that are currently being recalled by the FDA for defects related to material deterioration caused by improper packaging from the factory. These implants include models such as the Acumatch GXL and Novation GXL hip systems, which are now listed as part of a Class 2 Device Recall by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If you are suffering complications that are a result of one of these medical implant devices, you could be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive just compensation.
The Food and Drug Administration specifically defines a Class 2 Device Recall as “a situation in which use of or exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences.” Per this definition, this specific lawsuit may qualify as a class action lawsuit or mass tort.
In order to be able to file for an Exactech® hip replacement lawsuit in the United States, there are several requirements that must be met. Specifically, you or your loved one must have:
- Received an Exactech® hip implant in the United States
- Suffered from the side effects of a defective Exactech® hip implant
The experienced hip implant litigation attorneys at Di Pietro Partners can file this lawsuit on your behalf at no cost to you.
About The Manufacturer
Exactech® is a large international orthopedic device manufacturer that’s based in Gainesville Florida. Founded in 1985, their primary market is the United States with over 30 different markets across the world in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the greater Pacific region. With an annual revenue of approximately $225 Million and around 1000 on-site employees, they are a major player in the joint replacement marketplace.
In addition to orthopedic devices, they also design, manufacture and sell surgical instrumentation as well as offer their expertise in the biological, orthobiologic, biotech and computer-assisted surgical fields. The company has grown exponentially since their first offering of a knee replacement device in 1994, with a boost in sales afterwards thanks to their entrance into the shoulder and ankle replacement markets.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Which Exactech® hip implants have been recalled?
Although there hasn’t been a total recall on the entire hip systems, the liners used in multiple hip implants have been recalled, specifically the Acumatch GXL and Novation GXL devices. While the metal portion of these implants are not directly affected, since they all use the same liners that were improperly packaged, they all suffer from the same long term issues that have caused the recall.
Q. What does it cost to file an Exactech® hip replacement lawsuit?
There is no cost associated with filing a lawsuit if you or a loved one has been affected by a recalled Exactech® hip replacement implant. This answer may differ depending on the law firm you use to pursue your claim. Our lawyers charge no fees until we have secured a settlement on your claim.
Q. How long do I have to file a Exactech® hip replacement lawsuit?
While the recall was voluntarily issued by Exactech® in June of 2021, it covers hip replacement devices manufactured all the way back to 2004. However there is a limited time window that this can be filed in. In Florida for example, statutes clearly state that victims have a four year window after they know or suspect that their hip replacement device is defective to file their implant lawsuit. This can be subjective, and it is therefore critical to hire the best medical device recall lawyer you can in order to make sure your case is properly represented and you receive the compensation you deserve.
Q. What are the settlement amounts on Exactech® hip lawsuits?
Although there hasn’t been any finalized verdicts or settlements on exatech artificial hip replacement lawsuits, we can look at prior settlement amounts in mass tort cases involving defective hip implants. Based on our experience, the average settlement payout for injuries involving faulty Exactech® hip replacement devices may be around $250,000. Keep in mind, there are many variables that may impact the value of each individual case.
Q. Who is eligible to receive compensation?
Anyone who has received an Exactech® hip implant in the United States and suffered health complications as a result may be entitled to receive compensation from the manufacturer. For cases outside the U.S. we suggest consulting with an attorney who’s licensed in your country.