Recalled components of the DePuy LPS knee replacement can fracture during normal walking activities, which can lead to loss of leg function, amputation of the leg, infection, severe tissue damage, and even death.
What is a class action?
If you join a class action lawsuit, your individual claim would be consolidated with many other similar claims. One law firm usually represents everyone, and one plaintiff is chosen as the “class representative.” Any potential settlement is usually split evenly among the class members. Unfortunately, this amount may be less than your actual damages.
DePuy Knee Replacement Lawsuits
If you decide to file a DePuy knee replacement lawsuit, you will not be alone. In the United States, large medical device litigation is resolved through a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL). An MDL centralizes individual lawsuits and class actions under one federal judge. One major advantage is that individual lawsuits remain independent, and if a resolution cannot be reached, they are remanded back to the state court where they were originally filed. DePuy Orthopedics has already faced one of the largest MDLs in history — more than 10,000 people filed lawsuits after they were injured by the recalled DePuy ASR hip replacement.
What DePuy Knee Replacement Was Recalled?
The DePuy LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve and the LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary component are parts of the Limb Preservation System (LPS), which is a type of knee replacement that allows surgeons to reconstruct soft tissue and bony defects. The problem is that the components can fracture during normal walking activiites. DePuy has received 10 reports of problems with the LPS, including 6 reports of fracture and 4 reports of loosening that may or may not be related to the same design flaw. These problems occurred in patients during normal walking activities.
DePuy Knee Replacement Problems
- Severe pain
- Loosening of the DePuy knee replacement
- Knee replacement failure
- Additional knee replacement surgery
- Revision surgery
- Loss of leg function
- Amputation of leg