When defective products harm consumers, it’s important to speak with a product liability attorney. This is especially crucial when it comes to defective medical devices. The Scranton, PA product liability lawyers at Foley Law Firm have aided countless patients and loved ones whose lives have been affected by faulty medical devices.
Loose elbow joint replacements have been particularly damaging to people’s lives. Not only do they cause pain, but they also lead to additional expensive medical procedures to address the harm done. Let’s explore this topic in more detail below.
How Elbow Joint Replacements Are Supposed to Work
Ideally, an elbow joint replacement should help restore your mobility and use of an arm. After an injury or degenerative joint issues caused by arthritis and other conditions, a replacement elbow joint should be able to help you lift objects, pull objects, and perform other daily tasks with relative ease.
Sadly that is not the case with all elbow replacements, particularly the DePuy Synthes elbow implant. DePuy Synthes is owned by Johnson & Johnson.
Issues with the DePuy Synthes Elbow Implant
Patients who received the DePuy Synthes elbow implant complained of numerous health and wellness issues. The primary problem was that the elbow implant began to loosen, which made arm movement painful and caused countless health problems as a result.
While the DePuy Synthes elbow implant was cleared by the FDA, it was never properly tested on humans. This has led to countless complaints by patients as well as doctors.
The Dangers of a Loose Elbow Replacement
Many people with loose and defective elbow joint replacements have experienced the following:
- Severe damage to the bone tissue around the elbow implant (osteolysis)
- Bone fractures after their elbow implant surgery
- Pain bending their arms at the elbow
- Irreversible harm to the soft tissue surrounding the elbow implant
- Issues with the motion and maneuverability of the arm
If you have an artificial elbow joint and notice any of the above, be sure to speak with someone at our Scranton law firm.
Recall of Defective Elbow Joint Replacements
In December 2016, the DePuy Synthes elbow replacement was taken off the market. It’s been estimated that more than 50,000 elbow implants have been recalled since that time.
Legal Action Against DePuy Synthes and Johnson & Johnson
The failure of the DePuy Synthes and Johnson & Johnson to properly test their elbow replacement on humans is unacceptable. Exploiting loopholes in the FDA’s clearance system to put defective medical devices on the market cannot be tolerated. That’s why it’s important for patients and loved ones to hold Johnson & Johnson accountable for their negligence and any harm related to it.
Damages Sought in Defective Elbow Joint Cases
When seeking damages in a loose elbow joint lawsuit, damages will be sought to address the financial losses related to the elbow joint replacement. That includes compensatory damages for surgery, hospitalization, lost wages, and physical therapy. Punitive damages can also be sought against Johnson & Johnson given the enormity of what transpired and how many lives their negligence adversely affected.
Learn More About Defective Elbow Joint Lawsuits
For more information about your legal options related to defective elbow joint replacements, be sure to contact a skilled product liability attorney. You can reach the Foley Law Firm by phone in Scranton by phone at (570) 209-8240 and in Stroudsburg by phone at (570) 424-1757.