Gerard Malouf and Partners Law (GMP Law) has commenced an investigation against Exactech following a recall of faulty hip, knee and ankle replacements.
Exactech is a global medical device company that develops joint replacement implants, surgical instruments and smart technologies.
The company recalled 200,000 devices in 2021 and 2022, after finding defects caused by pre-operative storage of its products.
Patients with faulty implants have alleged that serious complications have been caused, including accelerated debris production and bone loss, component fatigue cracking and fracture. Due to these health complications, many patients have required further surgeries to rectify the issues.
We are investigating the claim against Exactech for the defective products and will fight for compensation on behalf of those that have been affected.
“We have received multiple complaints from patients who are suffering with significant health complications after receiving one of these Exactech implants. While the company has recalled the product, for hundreds and potentially thousands of Australians, the damage has already been done.” said Chairman of GMP Law, Gerard Malouf.
Kerry Scott received a faulty implant from Exactech. Picture: Facebook
Our client, Kerry Scott, is seeking compensation after a faulty implant left her in constant pain and requiring further surgery. “My double knee surgery in January 2020 was meant to give me my life back. I had been struggling with daily exercise and after my doctor said I was a good candidate for surgery and recovery, I was looking forward to the prospect of being able to play with my four grand-children, pain-free.” said Kerry.
“After an allergic reaction to the anaesthetic, I ended up in emergency care for a week, which was extremely difficult for myself and my family. However, the prospect of having a better quality of life motivated me to keep up regular exercises and push through recovery – despite being confined to my home as COVID-19 hit.” said Kerry.
“By the end of 2021, I was still experiencing constant pain in my right knee and my surgeon conducted more scans. It was then that I was informed of Exactech’s recall, and that the implant would need replacing, meaning a second surgery, ” continued Kerry.
“Rather than improving my quality of life, the implant, and subsequent second surgery has meant I not only still have difficulty playing with my grand-children, but now also struggle to complete daily activities like simple housework. To know that this was potentially avoidable is extremely upsetting. I want Exactech to be held accountable for the pain they’ve caused me and countless others and to help ensure other implant providers don’t make the same mistake. I would encourage anyone else in my position to seek legal support to get the compensation they deserve,” said Kerry.
While Exactech is covering the cost of replacement surgeries, we believe these measures have not gone far enough to adequately compensate patients, many of whom may not be eligible for further surgeries.
We believe Exactech should be held accountable for unacceptable faulty implants and we are now calling on patients to join the Exactech Recall class action.
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