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DePuy Knee Replacement Lawsuit Attorney

Serving Injury Victims Nationwide

DePuy knee replacement systems are one of the most popular knee replacement systems available on the market. The DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson of makes a number of components for partial knee replacement and revision surgeries, as well as total knee replacement systems.

People have knee replacement surgery for a variety of reasons, mostly to relieve pain caused by osteoarthritis or other forms of joint pain such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis. Other causes of debilitating pain are tears in the meniscus or in ligaments. Knee replacement is usually a last-resort procedure, usually stemming from years of constant debilitating pain that is unable to be managed by medication.

Knee replacement surgery is usually a significant surgery that requires a great deal of post-op pain and recovery. Weeks of physical therapy are often needed as a result of the surgery, and most people find that they require mobility aids for an extended period of time after the surgery is completed. During a knee replacement surgery, a doctor replaces parts of the knee joint surfaces with metal or plastic components that are designed to mimic the natural movement of the knee. It is one of the most common surgeries that result in a hospital stay, and the need for knee replacement surgeries is expected to rise significantly in the future. For example, the number of knee replacement surgeries rose 93% between 2001 and 2011.

The most common DePuy knee replacement systems are the LCS (Low Contact Stress) system that was developed in the 1970s and gained FDA approval in the early 1980s, and the Sigma Knee System. The LCS system was expanded in the 1990s to include a total knee replacement system, and was renamed LCS Complete to reflect the additional usage. The LCS system has been successfully used in over 700,000 surgeries, and the Sigma system has been used in over 1.7 million patients. Each of the systems have interchangeable parts that doctors and patients can choose from based on individual needs, and DePuy also makes software for the Sigma system called TruMatch Personal Solutions that allows customization of the Sigma knee replacement system.

DePuy offers High Flexion Knee technology for a number of the knee replacements. This technology goes beyond the limits of traditional knee replacement, allowing for a flex of up to 155 degrees. This technology is marketed to people who want additional flexibility for cultural, religious, social or exercise activities that would otherwise be unable to participate in those activities with traditional knee replacements.

If you have a defective DePuy knee replacement, do not delay in contacting an injury attorney. Many companies will offer settlements to those people who have had received recalled products. Do not take any settlement without first consulting an attorney. Many companies will attempt to pay off individuals in return for confidentiality, attempting to prevent a class-action lawsuit. While no amount of money can adequately compensate a person for pain and suffering, allowing an attorney to fight for your rights is the logical and smart thing to do. In many cases, such as the hip replacement case against DePuy, the total number of defective devices and the sheer number of cases helped to get the company to settle on much better terms than it would have if the people had taken the company’s original settlement amount. Most companies will fight liability claims with their own high-powered, expensive attorneys, so it pays to get experienced lawyers who have won verdicts against large companies to take your case. Call us now at (800) 349-0000.

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After an accident, the responsible party's insurance company may try to reduce the claim amount. Commonly, insurance adjusters are trained to get information from the injured to assist in reducing the claim. Though some insurers are less guilty of this practice than others, it is important to realize that insurance companies are profit-oriented corporations and reducing claims results in increased profits for shareholders. This can create a situation for the injured in which they are offered a settlement that does not truly reflect the damages suffered. If you accept this settlement, you lose the ability to get more money should your injuries require further medical treatments. It is critical that victims get legal assistance in any personal injury case, and The Doan Law Firm is prepared to fight relentlessly for your rights.

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