3,662 shoulder replacement devices have been recalled by Zimmer Biomet in December of 2016 after the discovery that the devices could fracture and cause life-threatening injuries or complications. The FDA announced that this is a Class I recall. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is taking on new clients injured by these devices, which were manufactured between October of 2008 and September of 2015. It is our goal to help everyone impacted by this recall obtain the information, support and compensation they need to move forward with their lives.
What is the Zimmer Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder?
This device is meant to restore mobility to patients who suffer from severe arthritis or injuries to the rotator cuff that inhibit the movement of their arms. It is also meant to be a replacement for shoulder joint replacements that have worn or failed. The procedure required to implant the device differs from traditional shoulder replacement surgeries because of its reverse shoulder configuration.
The Zimmer Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder is designed for patients who may not be candidates for traditional procedures or whose previous shoulder replacements did not work properly. The surgeon screws the device to the scapula during the procedure at a very narrow point of the shoulder blade. This is significant because if the shoulder replacement fractures, it will leave very little bone on the shoulder where surgeons could fit a replacement device onto.
Fractured Devices Leave Patients Impaired
After numerous reports of fractures, Zimmer issued a recall of all its Zimmer Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder devices produced between October 2008 and September 2015. If you received one of these devices, it is important to find out whether it was produced during this period. Even those who have not suffered from a device fracture need to be aware of whether their devices could be defective.
Many of the patients who received a Zimmer Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder were unable to get a replacement when their implants fractured. The risk of complications and the inability of surgeons to locate a place to attach a new device are factors in the inability of patients to undergo revision procedures. Since they are unable to receive a new implant, they will suffer from loss of motor function, pain and a diminished quality of life.
Additional complications include severe infections, which cause extreme pain in the shoulder joint and can spread throughout the body. When not treated promptly, these infections can prove deadly.
If your injury was due to a fractured shoulder replacement, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, permanent disability, out of pocket expenses, physical therapy and more. Only a qualified attorney can let you know the value of your case, however, so it is a good idea to consult with one before you decide how you wish to move forward.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has helped thousands of clients just like you, and we would like to invite you to meet with one of our award-winning Chicago medical device defect attorneys to review your case. We will conduct a thorough investigation into your claim to determine the value of your case and what legal options you have to consider.
Since we work on a contingency basis only, you can be sure that your consultation will be completely risk-free and we will never require payment for our services until we are able to secure compensation on your behalf.