While roughly 90% of all shoulder replacements last at least 10 years, some do fail. Reasons for shoulder replacement failure range from infections to potentially faulty implants. In cases where a device is to blame, victims may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer to obtain compensation for their injury-related damages.
The medical device attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are now investigating possible legal claims related to shoulder replacement failure. If you were left disabled or required revision surgery due to a defective shoulder prosthesis, please call (888) 994-5118 to arrange for a free review of your case.
In February 2016, Biomet, Inc. agreed to pay $350,000 to settle a product liability case involving the alleged failure of its Comprehensive Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement System. According to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, the case had been brought on behalf of a plaintiff who suffered fractures of two Comprehensive Reverse Shoulders that he had received in 2009 and 2010. The failure of the prostheses, which was allegedly caused by devices included in a 2010 Biomet shoulder replacement recall, resulted in their eventual removal and replacement. Read More
During traditional shoulder replacements, a surgeon replaces the top of the humerus and the shoulder blade. The new components may be held together by cement, or they be made of material that promotes the growth of new bone. Rehab from shoulder replacement generally takes several months, and is intended to help the patient regain as much strength, endurance, and mobility as possible. When successful, a shoulder replacement should last10 to 20 years.
While the vast majority of patients will experience good outcomes, shoulder replacement failures do occur. Risks and complications commonly associated with these surgeries include:
Any of these occurrences can result in severe pain and disability, resulting in the need for shoulder replacement revision surgery.
Revision is the only treatment for shoulder replacement failure. It is generally best to have the prostheses removed and replaced as soon as possible to lessen the risk of complications. Revision surgeries of any type generally take longer and are more complex than initial implant procedures.
Because of the increased complexity of revision shoulder surgery, the risk of complications is higher. Infection, bleeding, nerve damage, and trauma to blood vessels are possible. Not all individuals will be able to return to the same level of function after a revision procedure.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is offering free, no obligation legal reviews to individuals who experienced shoulder replacement failure. To learn more, please call (888) 994-5118.
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