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Surgery patient files suit related to defective medical devices

| Mar 28, 2015 | Personal Injury

West Virginia patients naturally hope that their operations will end up improving their quality of life. However, sometimes the opposite happens as a result of the use of defective medical devices. One woman in a different state recently filed a suit against a manufacturer of orthopedics, claiming that defective cement used in her knee operation resulted in complications.

The woman said she had to undergo a complete knee replacement and was able to live with her implant for 10 years with no issues. However, she had to undergo a second surgery so that certain implant components could be replaced with new ones from the company she is now suing. One of the components was bone cement, which included an antibiotic.

The woman said after her revision surgery, she suffered from severe pain and swelling in her knee. She said she had to take medication for it, and she also struggled to walk. She claimed that the bone cement failed to stick to her bones, which caused her knee implant to be unstable.

The woman claimed that the company provided a product that was unreasonably dangerous in both design and composition. She said the company did not provide an adequate warning and did not adequately test and study its product. The patient further claimed that the company used sterility methods that were dangerous. She is seeking damages in light of her injuries. A person who is injured by defective medical devices in West Virginia has the right to file a lawsuit in an attempt to hold the manufacturer of the product accountable.

Source:, “Patient claims bone cement used in knee replacement was defective“, Kyle Barnett, March 25, 2015