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Lawsuit Claims Smith & Nephew Knee Component was Defective

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Barbara Griffin, who alleges the Smith & Nephew lateral proximal tibia locking plate in her knee implant was defective and broke less than six months after being implanted, has filed a product liability lawsuit against Smith & Nephew in US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.

The lawsuit claims the Smith & Nephew knee was implanted on November 11, 2009. An X-ray taken in March 2010 showed the plate was broken, and further investigation found the break was caused by the fatigue of everyday use, which makes the component defective.

The lawsuit claims Smith & Nephew was negligent in the design and manufacture of the knee implant, and failed to warn consumers and healthcare professionals about the risks of the device, calling it unreasonably dangerous.

In 2010, some 40,000 Smith & Nephew Journey Uni Tibial Baseplates were recalled due to failures, and this year, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons released a study that showed that 16% of Smith & Nephew Journey-Deuce knee implants began to fail within two years of surgery.

The Griffin lawsuit seeks punitive and compensatory damages.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Lawsuit Claims Smith & Nephew Knee Component was Defective was posted on Friday, November 18th, 2011 at 7:51 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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