Today, there are many tools and medical devices that are used in surgeries. Unfortunately, it isn’t uncommon for a defective medical device to be used. This can later result in pain and discomfort for the patient as well as additional surgeries. This appears to be what happened to a woman in a state outside of West Virginia.
A woman is saying that after a knee surgery that she had undergone three years ago needed to be redone. This is allegedly due to the bone cement that was used in her initial surgery. The bone cement apparently hadn’t fused her knee bones together well enough to avoid a future surgery. Therefore, she is saying that the medical product was defective.
Due to the defective bone cement, she is alleging that her other knee is now showing early signs of similar symptoms as the other knee, which is now requiring another surgery. She is worried that the bone cement is failing in her second knee. Further, she is worried that she will have to undergo a second surgery on that knee as well.
Manufacturers have a duty to provide quality medical products that will work. If they have any indication that the product or medical device may fail, they are required by law to not allow it to go to the market to be used. Unfortunately, it happens more frequently than anyone here in West Virginia would like and can result in serious health issues as well as additional surgeries, like this woman from a different state. She has filed a lawsuit to seek monetary damages to cover the injury and harm that she has endured as well as economic damages and medical expenses that she will incur in the future due to the defective medical device.
Source: The Louisiana Record, “Depuy Orthopedics and J&J sued over knee bone cement“, Andrew Stevens, Sept. 2, 2014