Exactech Knee & Ankle Replacement
You May Be Owed Financial Compensation.
Exactech issued a recall on thousands of medical implant devices. You may be affected by this recall.
Exactech Inc, a manufacturer of medical devices, recently issued a recall for over 140,000 knee and ankle implant devices. The recall includes the Optetrak, Truliant, and Vantage lines of products. These recalled devices have been manufactured since 2004, putting anyone who has received one of these products in nearly the last two decades at risk of being affected. If you were the recipient of an Exactech knee replacement or Exactech ankle replacement, you may be entitled to financial compensation for damages you sustained due to the recalled product. While not every recipient will experience these symptoms, signs you may have been affected by the recalled product include:
- Unusual and persistent pain
- Swelling or redness
- Stiffness of the joint
If you received an Exactech knee or ankle implant and are experiencing these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider and then seek representation from Merson Law PLLC by filling out our contact form or calling us at (212) 603-9100. Do not initiate the claims process through Exactech without first consulting a lawyer. A personal injury attorney can help you get more compensation than you would alone.
How can Merson Law help you?
Merson Law can help represent your interests in the claims process – whether that means negotiating for more money or filing a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. Our role is to ensure that you receive the maximum amount possible while taking care of the strenuous claims process for you. Merson Law does not charge hourly rates or fees. Instead, we only take payment if you are awarded a settlement. And while hiring a lawyer may sound like the last thing you’d want to do after learning of the recall, it may be the best path forward for healing, recovery, and justice. Send us a message below to get started with your ankle or knee replacement claim.
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What You Need to Know If You Suspect You Were Affected by the Exactech Recall
Who is Exactech?
Exactech Inc. is a medical device company based in Florida. They manufacture implants, medical instruments, and other devices for joint replacement. Exactech itself is not a medical care provider, rather they create devices used by surgeons and other medical professionals.
What was the Exactech recall for?
The recall issued by Exactech Inc. was for over 140,000 knee and ankle implant devices, including the Optetrak, Truliant, and Vantage lines of products. The recall includes devices that were implanted into patients as long ago as 2004. The recall was issued because some components of the implants were packaged in ways that were not up to standard. The packaging allowed small amounts of oxygen to enter and permeate the implant. This created a risk for oxidation after the devices were implanted into patients, which can result in early damage to the implant. This was not discovered until after many patients had already undergone replacement surgery using these devices.
What is oxidation?
Oxidation occurs when oxygen reacts with the molecules within a given substance – in this situation, the materials used in your implant. Exposure to too much oxygen can damage these materials, which can cause issues in the longevity and function of your implant. These issues can include:
- Ankle/knee swelling
- Difficulty walking
- Pain in affected areas
- Loss of ability to bear weight
- Scraping, grinding or other noise in the ankle/knee
- Balance and coordination issues
All of these issues can affect the quality of your life and can lead to expensive medical treatments that are not necessarily covered by insurance. To get compensated for these issues and to earn additional compensation for your suffering, contact the attorneys at Merson Law PLLC.
What You Need to Know If You Suspect You Were Affected by the Exactech Recall
Exactech has properly issued its recall and created a department for restitutions. Exactech has its own claims reimbursement department. If you are prompted to call the Exactech-Broadspire Helpline and “initiate the claims process,” you are contacting Exactech to open a claim for compensation. Exactech, and many companies in similar situations, has its own lawyers and their own team that run the claims process. It is in the best interests of Exactech and of this team to “low ball” you, and offer you less money than they may truly owe you for the damages you endured. If you agree to this low amount, more than likely you will not be able to attempt litigation for more. In addition to this, many companies in similar situations have their claimants (you, in this case) sign documents that will legally prohibit you from suing them if something else comes up down the road.
It is in your best interest to contact an attorney before you initiate the claims process. A lawyer can argue for more compensation and help guide you toward the best possible outcome of the claims process. This is why claimants who get a lawyer to represent them on average receive higher payouts than those who do not. Your lawyer may be able to use information that you do not have access to and help you make a better informed decision. Your attorney may determine that it is not in your best interest to contact the helpline at all, or rather have them contact on your behalf.
You can argue for compensation for many different expenses that have resulted (or will result) from your Exactech knee or ankle replacement. These expenses could be things like: Surgery expenses for replacement or removal of the implant Physical therapy and post-operative treatments Lost wages due to time off work for medical appointments related to your implant Remedies for pain and suffering or loss of lifestyle due to symptoms associated with the implant and more In order to argue for adequate compensation for things like these, you will need the assistance of a personal injury attorney.
In addition to retaining the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer, like those at Merson Law, you will need to gather any documentation of your implant and associated appointments, procedures, etc. You will also likely need to get an x-ray prior to finishing your claim or receiving compensation. You should consult your primary care physician about this and any of the symptoms you may be experiencing. If your symptoms are or have been severe, you should consult your doctor before seeking legal assistance. If this is a medical emergency, dial 911 or seek immediate treatment.
Who is Merson Law?
Merson Law was founded by one of New York’s most prominent and recognized personal injury lawyers, Jordan Koel Merson. Over his law career, Mr. Merson has built a stellar reputation representing victims of catastrophic injuries, birth injuries, sexual assault, and medical malpractice . He has built a strong team of caring but aggressive personal injury lawyers at Merson Law; a team which has extensive experience litigating cases valued in excess of $1 million. In fact, much of their background includes prosecuting cases that have resolved for more than $10 million. Here are some of the birth injury law cases litigated by Jordan Merson and the lawyers of Merson Law*:
- $17 million for failure to timely perform c-section on baby
- $14.8 million for baby brain damaged when c-section was delayed
- $14.4 million for Queens family whose child suffered brain damage
- $11.3 million jury verdict for brain damage child
- $11 million for Brooklyn woman who had untreated post-delivery bleeding
- $5.5 million for Erb’s Palsy
*Please note that past results do not guarantee similar outcome
Mr. Merson was honored to be included in New York Law Journal’s first ever “Hall of Fame” for medical malpractice verdicts and settlements. When New York Magazine published its top verdicts in 2014, Mr. Merson was included on that list, as well. In fact, Mr. Merson has had the largest single-plaintiff medical malpractice verdict in Westchester County for at least a five year period and he had the largest verdict in Westchester County for any type of case in 2014 — an $11.3 million verdict after the defendant that proceeded to trial refused to offer any money to settle the case. Mr. Merson was also named in Super Lawyers and he has been quoted by the national and local media, including USA Today, the New York Law Journal and the Daily News.
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At Merson Law, we provide a 100% free, no cost-to-you, case evaluation. We do this in cooperation with a professional medical team, including a fully licensed doctor. Have your implant recall case reviewed by our team and doctor, free of charge, today.