Knee Replacement Surgery Infection
In modern society, we put our complete trust in the medical professionals and technology available at our country’s finest hospitals and surgical centers. While many procedures—routine and difficult alike—are completed without a hitch, other people are seriously injured or even killed as the result of complications during or after surgery. These injuries take a significant physical and financial toll, but also can result in significant emotional suffering. Some common questions include “why did this happen to me?” or “couldn’t this have been prevented.”
Knee Replacement Surgeries and Defective Devices
Knee replacement surgeries are a common procedure where a surgical team inserts a prosthetic body part to replace a worn or damaged knee. Approximately 700,000 knee replacement procedures are performed each year in the United States. By the year 2030, the number of knee replacements is projected to increase to roughly 3.5 million. In a vast majority of knee replacement surgeries the patient is covered with a Warming Blanket during the 2-3 hour procedure. The basic idea behind the forced-air Warming Blanket is to cover the patient with warm, filtered air in order to prevent blood loss and keep the body temperature high, thus preventing hypothermia and speeding up recovery times.
Filing Your Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has been in for a knee replacement and contracted SSI as a result afterward, you may have a lawsuit against the manufacturer. Lawsuits that have been filed allege a link between these products and costly infections which develop afterward, causing extensive treatment, additional surgeries, permanent disability, and even loss of life.
To pursue a defective product lawsuit against the manufacturer of the defective device, the crucial first step you need to take is to contact an experienced attorney to guide you through the process. This is because this type of lawsuit not only requires significant financial resources, but also access to expert witnesses, extensive discovery, and if necessary, a compelling argument in court in front of a judge and jury.
People considering a lawsuit after a costly knee infection should contact an attorney immediately for a consultation about their legal rights. If you contact us today by calling us or by filling out the online form on this page, you can schedule a FREE consultation about your potential claim today with an attorney who can advise you how to proceed. Plus, you pay noting unless you get a settlement or verdict in our favor. This means you have nothing to lose.