5 March 2012
Specialist product liability
claims firm Leigh Day has been instructed to investigate a number of claims on behalf of clients who have experienced early failures with prosthetic knee replacements, including one claim involving Zimmer NexGen components which have failed early as a result of polyethylene wear.
The NexGen knee system by Zimmer is made up of a collection of implants for primary and revision knee replacement.
On 21 September 2010, Zimmer voluntary recalled certain lots of one member of the NexGen family, the LPS femoral component, which surgeons were advised “may have a manufacturing non-conformance, specifically an undersized cam radius”. The nonconforming cam radius poses a potential risk of polyethylene delamination and fatigue fracture.
In the US, there have also been highly publicised reports regarding the high early failure rates associated with another member of the NexGen family, the CR-Flex femoral component. One widely cited study found that out of a cohort of 108 patients, 8.3% had to be revised due to femoral loosening and pain, with 36% of patients showing radiological evidence of loosening.
Medical device claims
Leigh Day has extensive and unrivalled experience in the field of product liability
claims and has particular expertise in bringing claims on behalf of people who have suffered health problems and have had to undergo revision surgery after being fitted with medical devices
such as replacement knees. If you have experienced an early failure with a Zimmer NexGen knee component and want advice about pursuing a potential compensation claim, please contact defective products solicitor Jill Paterson
on 0207 650 1219
for a free and friendly initial consultation.
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