What Floridians considering hip or knee replacement should know
As Florida baby boomers settle into their 50s, 60s and beyond, many find that their joints aren’t what they used to be. Years of athletic activity, injuries and just plain living take their toll. More people than ever before are taking advantage of the tremendous advances made in medical devices to have their hips and knees replaced. Joint replacements can drastically improve a person’s quality of life, relieve pain and increase his or her mobility. Unfortunately, when they are poorly manufactured, they can cause pain and injury.
The Food and Drug Administration website discusses various types of medical implants and the dangers inherent in them. Aside from the risk of any surgery, there is also the potential for infection and negative reactions to the materials in the implants. Moreover, surgical implants can break, move or stop working as they should. The FDA notes that it’s essential to get as much information as possible on the implant itself and on your orthopedic surgeon’s experience with it before you have the surgery.
As we note on our website, despite the oversight of the FDA, many people are harmed or worse every year by defective medical devices, including joint replacement systems for knees and hips. Floridians depend upon the manufacturers of the devices that are surgically implanted in their bodies to ensure that they are made to function as they are supposed to and not cause harm, illness or injury. When they don’t, patients have every right to seek accountability.
It can be daunting to go up against people with medical and technical knowledge that you don’t have. However, legal professionals with knowledge and experience in this area can work to build a strong case. By holding the manufacturer of a defective implant accountable, people may receive the compensation to which they are entitled and help prevent others from enduring the same experience.