Do you need to have your knee replaced in the very near future? You’re not alone. Each year, there are more than 600,000 knee replacement procedures performed each year in the United States. This number is expected to go up in the next decade. In fact, according to one study, the number of knee replacements procedures could be as much as 3.4 million by 2030.
There are a number of reasons why more people require knee replacements than ever before. One reason is obesity. When you have a few more pounds on your frame, this puts extra pressure on your knees. On the other side of that, though, more people are fitness-minded, participating in marathons, CrossFit, and other races. This again is putting more and wear and tear on the knees. Other factors include an increased rate of slip and falls and a higher rate of people becoming insured and seeking treatment.
Although knee replacement procedures and technology have significantly improved, the entire process involves significant recovery time and rehabilitation. If the device fails, it can lead to significant injuries that increase pain and cause restricted mobility. The patient’s situation may turn out being worse than before the implant.
There are a number of cases Harmon, Linder & Rogowsky reviews, and one device that has malfunctioned and led to multiple lawsuits has been Zimmer’s NexGen. Medical device manufacturers have an obligation to test their products and implement the highest standards of quality. They also have an obligation to warn the public about any malfunction components. Multiple lawsuits have been filed that have said that Zimmer did not do this. If you had a knee replacement procedure, and the medical device has since failed, you are encouraged to seek legal assistance from Harmon, Linder & Rogowsky or a law firm in your area as you do have rights.