Exactech® Knee Recall Lawyers
Knee replacement surgery intends to improve a patient’s life by relieving pain or joint damage. Unfortunately, many knee implants have been recalled due to faulty design and post a significant risk to patients. Exactech® knee implants such as OPTETRAK®, OPTETRAK Logic®, TRULIANT®, and VANTAGE® have recently been recalled and patients who received these implants may be entitled to compensation.
Di Pietro Partners is an experienced medical device litigation 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® knee implant, you should seek legal and medical advice immediately.
To learn more about the Exactech® knee recall lawsuit contact our office for a free case evaluation. Our attorneys pursue claims anywhere in the United States.
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Recalled Exactech® Knee Replacement Systems
OPTETRAK® – The OPTETRAK® knee was the original style of knee replacements offered by Exactech®. Introduced by orthopedic surgeons in 1994, there have been millions of these units installed in the United States over the years until their discontinuation in 2009.
OPTETRAK Logic® – The OPTETRAK Logic® knee replacement system was developed as an improved version of the original OPTETRAK® and is intended as a long term implant for those requiring knee replacement. Introduced in 2009, there have been several million of these implants installed over the past decade.
TRULIANT® – The TRULIANT® series of knee replacements are designed specifically for orthopedic surgeons offices who are looking to streamline their implant surgical processes. These highly advanced knee replacements were introduced in 2017 that come in three primary variations to fit various different patient situations and needs.
VANTAGE® – The VANTAGE® series of ankle total replacement systems are designed as a comprehensive ankle implant. Introduced in 2016, they are available in both curved and flat cut talus configurations to suit differing patient needs. They are designed to be press fit with cement to secure them.
Exactech® Knee Implant Complications
Although there have been many successful joint replacements using Exactech® implants over the past several decades, some patients have had complications and difficulties after surgery. These implants have unfortunately been affected by abnormal levels of corrosion and deterioration, causing wear and looseness in their mounting that can require knee revision surgery to rectify. Patients who are experiencing complications with Exactech® implants typically have the following symptoms for patients:
- Impaired joint function
Exactech® Knee Revision Surgery
In the majority of situations, the only way to rectify the defect in the implant is to perform knee revision surgery. Because the polyethylene insert in the implant is the component that is prematurely failing, it must be manually replaced. While no one looks forward to a second knee surgery, this is unfortunately the end result of the defective replacement joints covered under this Exactech® recall.
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 physician activities for employment, pleasure or otherwise, this can be a serious issue, requiring financial compensation to cover lost wages, reduced quality of life, etc.
Exactech® Knee Replacement Lawsuit
Several Exactech® knee implants such as the OPTETRAK® Comprehensive Knee System, are listed as a Class 2 Device Recall by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If you’ve suffered complications as a result of one of these recalled devices, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation.
The FDA 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.” As a result, this lawsuit may qualify as a mass tort or class action lawsuit.
In order to file an Exactech® knee replacement lawsuit in the United States, you or your loved one must have:
- Received an Exactech® knee implant in the U.S.
- Suffered side effects from the Exactech® knee implant
Our experienced knee implant litigation lawyers can file this lawsuit on your behalf at no cost.
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® knee implants have been recalled?
The FDA has a Class 2 Device Recall on the following Exactech® knee and ankle implants: OPTETRAK®, OPTETRAK Logic®, TRULIANT®, and VANTAGE®.
Q. What does it cost to file an Exactech® knee implant lawsuit?
There is no cost associated with filing a lawsuit if you or a loved one has been affected by a recalled Exactech® knee replacement device. This answer may differ depending on the law firm you use to pursue your claim; however, our lawyers charge no fees until we have secured a settlement on your claim.
Q. How long do I have to file a Exactech® knee implant lawsuit?
While the recall was issued in August of 2021, it covers devices manufactured all the way back to 2004. For example, per Florida Statutes, victims have a four year window after they know or suspect the device to be defective to file their implant lawsuit. This can be subjective, which is why it is important to hire the best medical device recall attorney you can to make sure your case is properly represented.
Q. What are the settlement amounts on Exactech® knee recall lawsuits?
While there have been no reported settlements or verdicts on Exactech® knee implants lawsuits yet, the best way to predict an expected settlement amount is by examining similar knee replacement lawsuits from other manufacturers. For example, in cases involving Sulzer Medica knee replacements in the early 2000’s, the average settlement was over $200,000 per plaintiff. Accounting for inflation, this would be approximately $300,000 to $400,000 today. Plaintiffs in current Exactech® lawsuits can reasonably expect a similar settlement amount in their cases.
Q. Who is eligible to receive compensation?
Anyone who has Received a recalled Exactech® knee 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.