$4.87 Million for Victims of Defective Knee Prostheses

Case was on behalf of four patients who received defective knee prostheses, the Duracon Unicompartmental Knee (DUK). The problem with the implants was detected by the knee surgeon who observed that his DUK patients, whose knees should have lasted their lifetimes, were experiencing pain, swelling and radiological evidence of premature wear within a year or two of implant. The Plaintiffs successfully established that the artificial knees were oxidizing due to the method of sterilization and excessive shelf life. Three of the four patients required explantation (removal) of the defective knees and revision surgery or new knee implants. The fourth patient, an 85 year old woman, did not require surgery. The jury awarded $4.87 million.

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