Exactech Knee, Hip, and Ankle Replacement Recalls
In February 2022, Exactech issued a recall that impacted more than 140,000 Opetetrak, Optetrak Logic, and Truliant knee replacement systems, 130,000 hip replacement systems, and 1,500 ankle replacement systems. These devices used polyethylene parts that, according to Exactech, were packaged (pre-implantation) in allegedly defective vacuum bags. The apparent defect in these bags could allow oxidation of the parts, which could severely degrade the product and increase the risk that the devices would fail once implanted into a patient’s body. As Exactech has stated in its recall notice and in court filings, the oxidation could cause “accelerated wear debris production and bone loss, and/or component fatigue cracking/fracture, all leading to corrective revision surgery.” This “corrective” revision surgery can be more complicated and painful than original implantation surgery.
In August 2021, Exactech announced a limited recall of some of its knee and hip products due to the packaging defect. In February 2022 and April 2022, it expanded the recall, which now includes over 270,000 products. Lieff Cabraser has been hired by multiple clients with the recalled Exactech replacement systems, and we are vigorously pursuing their claims across the U.S.
What Should I Do If I Received a Potentially Defective Exactech Implant?
The law in most states provides individuals with legal claims and the right to compensation for injuries they suffer as a result of a medical device that is defective or fails to perform as advertised. Patients can file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for their pain and suffering, medical expenses including the cost of replacement surgery, lost past and future wages and punitive damages.
If you or a family member have a knee, hip, or ankle implant subject to the Exactech recalls, you should speak to a lawyer immediately about your legal rights. There is no charge or obligation for our free review of your potential case and recovery against Exactech. All information you provide will be held in the strictest confidence.
About Lieff Cabraser’s Personal Injury Practice
Lieff Cabraser has played a major and leading role in many of the largest, most important mass tort/personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in the U.S. over almost 50 years. These cases have involved negligent conduct as well as a vast range of defective products — from dangerous prescription drugs and faulty medical devices to unsafe vehicles and consumer products. In many cases, we have assisted our clients in forcing corporate defendants to issue recalls or improve safety procedures for the protection of all Americans.
The National Law Journal has repeatedly selected Lieff Cabraser as one of the top plaintiffs’ law firms in the nation. U.S. News and Best Lawyers has recognized our personal injury lawyers and firm as the nation’s Law Firm of the Year in the category of Mass Torts and Plaintiffs’ Class Action for four separate years. In 2022, the New York Law Journal recognized our firm as the Top Class Action Practice Group in the nation. In 2021, The American Lawyer named Lieff Cabraser its “Boutique/Specialty Litigation Firm of the Year.” In 2019, The American Lawyer included Lieff Cabraser in its “Top 50 Litigation Departments in the U.S.,” the only all-plaintiff-side litigation firm included among the firms recognized.
We have obtained more than $600 million for our clients in individual injury and accident cases, including awards of over $3 million in 30 separate cases. In addition, we have obtained judgments and settlements in excess of $16.2 billion in product liability class actions. This amount does not include our work in the landmark $206 billion recovery in the Attorney General litigation against the tobacco industry.