Exactech Knee, Hip and Ankle Lawsuit: Everything You Need to Know | cool giant (2023)

Exactech, a medical device manufacturer, recently issued a sumrememberof all knee, hip and ankle implant systems manufactured after 2004.

The call was started after it was discovered that a polyethylene insert component was failing due to faulty packaging. Many Exactech knee implants were prematurely rendered ineffective by this packaging error.

Unfortunately, this implant failure has and will force many to unnecessarily undergo corrective surgery. Knee Surgery Patients who have undergone revision surgery after an Exactech knee implant has failed can file a lawsuit.

So, under what premise can you file a lawsuit? Read on to learn all about an Exactech takedown lawsuit.

Exactech Complaint Updates

Updated January 20, 2023

At a status conference next week, the judge overseeing the recall of the Exactech implant is expected to set a deadline for litigants to present joint discovery and case management approaches.

On Tuesday, Judge Garaufis received a joint status report from the plaintiff's and defendant's attorneys documenting their work on certain administrative tasks.

The report included the current discovery phase in Exactech's 86 consolidated recall lawsuits in Florida State Court.

The report mentions that plaintiffs in the Florida lawsuits filed master discovery requests in early December.

It also states that Dr. Sharat Kusuma, Exactech's chief medical officer, is scheduled to be removed on February 16, 2023.

Updated January 14, 2023

Hursey v. Exactech, Inc. et al. is a prime example of the recent lawsuit filed as part of the Exactech MDL recall in the Eastern District of New York.

Exactech's Truliant Knee System, which was withdrawn in February 2022, is the implant in this case.

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Hursey underwent knee replacement surgery in July 2021 and had the Truliant implanted. However, by August 2022 the polyethylene feedstock had already degraded and a second operation was required.

Hursey's primary basis of action in the lawsuit is strict liability based on manufacturing defects, although additional claims are asserted.

1 January 2023

There are now 80 pending Exactech lawsuits in a version of an MDL class action lawsuit in a Florida state, in addition to Exactech's ongoing recall actions in an MDL federal court.

Exactech's attorneys sent MDL Judge Garaufis a letter emphasizing the value of harmonizing discovery processes in federal and state court cases.

This prompted Exactech to file a motion in the Florida case to harmonize state and federal investigations. Plaintiffs' attorneys are opposing that motion.

December 27, 2022

During the inaugural status conference, Judge Garaufis agreed with the plaintiffs that efforts should be made to keep pace with Exactech's state MDL, which is currently pending in Florida courts.

Judge Garaufis approved the motion to file additional retraction requests from Exactech directly with the MDL at the close of last week's hearing. That makes it easy for everyone.

In addition, it enabled various deadline extensions for initial CDM cleanup initiatives.

The judge formally appointed a group of 27 attorneys to fill various roles on the plaintiffs' steering committees on the case. There will be a Complainants Steering Committee, a Liaison Counsel and an Executive Committee.

18. November 2022

The first meeting on the status of Exactech's MDL withdrawals will be held in federal court this week. A state MDL court is already underway in the Florida court system.

With an initial benchmark trial scheduled for next year, the Florida State CDM is currently well ahead of the federal CDM on schedule.

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That has prompted several attorneys from both sides to petition MDL federal court for an expedited catch-up.

Attorneys for various plaintiffs have written letters to Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis, urging him to immediately approve direct filings with the federal MDL and to appoint an attorney to the plaintiffs' executive committee.

Recall of Exactech knee and ankle replacement implants

Exakttechis a multinational medical device manufacturer headquartered in Gainsville, Florida. The company was founded in 1985 and focused on the manufacture of surgical implant systems for joint replacement operations.

Exactech initiated a full nationwide recall of all knee, hip and ankle replacement implants manufactured after 2004 in August 2021.

The recall affects nearly 150,000 knee replacement devices in the United States.Knee total prosthetics(TKA), a knee replacement procedure, uses Exactech implant devices.

The TKA knee replacement procedure replaces damaged or deformed knee cartilage and treats severe arthritis-related pain.

The recalled products include:

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Exactech initiated the recall after discovering that the polyethylene insert was corroding prior to use due to a defect in the vacuum-sealed packaging of its knee replacement systems.

TKAs contain a significant amount of polyethylene. However, these inserts must not be exposed to oxygen during packaging and storage.

Early degradation of polyethylene liners is caused by oxidation, a chemical process that occurs when polyethylene liners are exposed to oxygen.

Therefore, polyethylene inserts must be manufactured, packaged and stored with extreme care. When you come in contact with oxygen you will suffer as many of you reading this have suffered.

What are the symptoms of a TKA as the liner ages? The patient experiences discomfort and loss of function because their knees are not functioning properly in the knee replacement system.

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What happens to the TKA when the insert degrades? The patient experiences knee pain and loss of function because the knee replacement system is not functioning properly.

Therefore, worn polyethylene inserts will generate increased wear and friction over time. As a result, Exactech knee implants fail prematurely. The result is often the need for early revision surgery.

Patients whose Exactech knee replacement system failed due to this manufacturing defect experienced severe knee pain and immobility.

If the knee replacement system ultimately fails, the patient will need to undergo corrective revision surgery. Nobody who has had knee surgery wants a second operation.

What should patients with recalled Exactech implants do?

Doctors received a letter from Exactech notifying them of the recall. The letter urges surgeons to immediately discontinue Exactech implants in all knee and ankle replacement procedures.

It also instructs hospitals and doctors to return any recalled medical devices they already have in their possession. This letter seemed fairly honest compared to the others. Exactech apologizes and acknowledges the error.

The recall notice advises patients who have had surgery and already wear an Exactech knee replacement implant to speak to their doctor.

Physicians are encouraged to track all patients with Exactech implants for signs of possible insert failure.

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Additionally, Exactech sent out a draft letter that doctors would send to their patients detailing the reasons for Exactech's withdrawal. You may have seen this card before.

If you have an Exactech hip, knee, or ankle replacement implant, you may need to watch for signs of implant failure caused by:incorrect use.

These include pain and swelling, instability in the knee or ankle, crunching in the joint, or difficulty putting weight on the joint.

Physicians are advised to take x-rays to assess the condition of the Exactech implant if they suspect it has failed.


Exactech and similar medical device manufacturers are required by law to ensure that their consumables are safe and free from harmful defects when used as intended.

Exactech's recall letter confirms that the company's knee and ankle replacement implants were defective.

Therefore, holding Exactech liable for damages and injuries will be less difficult than an ordinary class action lawsuit.

Anyone who had revision surgery after 2004 and was implanted with an Exactech knee replacement may be eligible to applyClaim for product liabilityif the implant later fails.

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If their Exactech knee removal lawsuit is successful, beneficiaries would be entitled to compensation for their:

  1. pain and suffering
  2. medical expensesin connection with your care and corrective revision surgery and
  3. AnyLohnausfallas a result of failure of hip, knee or ankle implants.

If you have a strong case, you have a much better chance of winning a settlement with Exactech than going to court.

Because the evidence of Exactech's mistakes does not come solely from the plaintiff's attorneys. Exactech's post-pull admissions reinforce these claims.

History of problems with Exactech knee implants

The high failure rates of Exactech knee implants have not started today. Exactech has long received an abbreviated FDA 501(k) clearance for its replacement devices to bypass the full FDA evaluation and approval process.

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Exactech knew from the start that the failure rate of its OPTETRAK knee implant system was much higher than that of competing brands.

die FDAExperience with manufacturer devices and user devicesReports by (MAUDE) found that Exactech implants failed at an excessive rate compared to other implants.

The MAUDE reports reflect the increased number of incidents that have been known to Exactech for a number of years.

A search on MAUDE now returns all complaints related to Exactech implant devices (in 500). As a result, not all complaints can be viewed by Exactech.

There are so many complaints about Exactech implant devices that a search will end in 500. That means you can't even see all of Exactech's complaints.

Users with premature implant failures filed product liability lawsuits against Exactech in 2016 and 2017. Our partner lawyers have examined these claims in the past.

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The attorneys who filed those complaints could not determine why Exactech's knees were malfunctioning.

They observed the problem from afar. However, these Exactech lawyers could not understand why Exactech's knees did not fully function.

These initial Exactech implant lawsuits recognized that the "ribbed" design element unique to Exactech implants was responsible for the high failure rate of these individual components.

These knee replacement suits claimed that Exactechdid not warn consumersrisk, but instead conducted a "silent" recall, in which they gradually changed the design of the fins rather than recalling the products.

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However, Exactech's recall revealed the particular oxygen issue that contributed to the degradation of these components.

The company's phasing out of the wing design has not reduced the excessively high failure rate of Exactech implant systems.

They later used this information to investigate possible vulnerabilities, which helped them find the faulty vacuum-sealed packaging that was causing the error.voluntary retirement.

Exactech received accelerated FDA clearance

Between 1994 and 2017, Exactech consistently received awardsFDA 501(k) approvalfor your complete knee replacement components and systems from Optetrak, Optetrak Logic and Truliant.

FDA 501(k) approval is known as "fast track" approval because the manufacturer does not have to vouch for the product's efficacy and safety.

This 510(k) approval form, commonly known as the "Premarket Notification," simply requires the manufacturer to demonstrate significant similarity of the device to a reference device prior to the MDA.

The new product may then be "cleared" by the FDA for sale in the United States. The FDA issued 510(k) clearance to all items that make up defendant's Optetrak device, or they were sold without 510(k ) clearance sold k) or without full FDA approval approval.

The main weakness of the 510(k) process is that the device manufacturer can demonstrate that the untested product is "essentially identical" to one that has been on the market for some time.

This means extensive testing is optional. These 510(k) products often surface in product liability claims because medical devices that are not extensively tested are more likely to fail.

Inquiries from Exactech Pregunta Opterak Marketing

Exactech advertised the Optetrak as "first of its kind" and touts its superior component quality and long-term clinical success.

Exactech brought the Optetrak system to market with over three decades of clinical performance and proven patient outcomes, thanks to an improved design that puts less stress on the polyethylene insert components.

Optetrak has underperformed compared to its competitors. For example, the Optetrak was classified by the as an implant with an above-average revision riskAustralian Orthopedic Association, a world-renowned, world-class registry for orthopedic implants.

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The incidence of revisions for an Optetrak-based total knee replacement significantly exceeds the revision rates recognized by the global community, according to the Australian National Joint Replacement Registry 2020.

Exactech was early aware of the high rates of early implant failure with Optetrak devices. Optetrak knee implants failed significantly more frequently than Exactech stated in its marketing brochures back in 2012, based on undeniable clinical documentation held by Exactech.

The FDA's MAUDE database has already accumulated evidence of premature failure and corrections associated with Optetrak replacement implants. These risk event reports included similar explanations for Optetrak's early review indicating failure of the implant.

Exactech sales representatives are aware of the Opterak issues

Exactech follows standard procedure: have their certified sales force on-site during surgery to deliver the implant components to the surgeon.

This approach frees the facility from having to stock every conceivable size and part needed during operation.

Exactech sales representatives were present at the initial implant surgery and subsequent revision surgeries.

Exactech salespeople had experienced countless preventable Optetrak failures. They found clear evidence of early degradation of plastic implants, which was commonly observed by surgeons.

These sales reps typically take the component from the surgeon and bring it back to the store for examination and analysis.

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It was the duty of Exactech's engineering and medical departments to examine and analyze the removed component upon return (a process known as recovery analysis).

They are also required to truthfully report their findings to the FDA and surgeons after Exactech sales representatives have reported their observations. Unfortunately they didn't do that.

Exactech's sales representatives informed the company of the problems. But despite mounting evidence that Optetrak was prone to early failure, Exactech continued to market and sell the implants without warning doctors, patients, or the FDA.

Despite learning of the issues in 20212, Exactech has never updated the packaging, promotional materials, or product inserts in order to properly and appropriately alert patients and physicians to the increased risks of early Optetrak failure that accompany them.

As of August 2021, the company has not even responded to the initiation of a safety recall of the Optetrak and other implants.

Exactech may have deliberately kept quiet about Opterak issues

Exactech put out a pretty good "Dear Doctor" letter announcing the recall. So is this a legitimate company to admit a mistake and apologize? Not quite.

Exactech and its businessmen knew Optetrak's knee implant technology was flawed, as evidenced by ample evidence.

Undoubtedly, Exactech was aware that Optetrak implants had an unusually high rate of early failure and complications, and tended to wear out earlier than other implants.

However, it was years before this resulted in a withdrawal.

Exactech may have hidden its concerns before selling the company with Optertak and other implants

All evidence shows that Exactech was aware of Optetrak's failures by around 2012 or at the latest by 2014. But at that point, Exactech's founders were probably considering selling the company to make some money.

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A private equity firm called TPG Capital announced in 2017 that it would acquire Exactech. TPG completed the acquisition of Exactech in February 2018.

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Exactech became a private company after TPG paid $49.25 per share to acquire all of the company's equity. A few years later, the company removed its knee and ankle implants.

The withdrawal would have wiped out Exactech's stock and potentially led to multiple shareholder lawsuits if initiated before the company went private.

Exactech might as well replace some faulty implants

Exactech's recall lawsuits allege that the manufacturer, aware of the early failures of the TKA system, secretly began replacing tibial splints on certain Optetrak devices.

The company did this under the radar and didn't do it for everyone. Therefore, neither the public nor the medical community knew there was a problem.

The most significant settlement awards could go to plaintiffs who had Exactech implants between the time Exactech appeared to become aware of the problem and the subsequent recall.

When this evidence is presented to a jury, the jury will be unimpressed and in some states will forgivepunitive damages.

Possible Settlement Payments for Exactech Knees Recall Lawsuit

No judgments or settlements have yet been reported in Exactech's implant lawsuits. Therefore, we cannot predict the potential settlement amount or jury award for an Exactech recall lawsuit.

But according to our partner attorneys, you can estimate the amounts awarded in a defective Exactech implant lawsuit by correlating them to those in comparable knee replacement settlements and knee injury personal injury cases.

Let's start by estimating a relatively modest compensation. The typical compensation forTort casewith knee injuries is around $110,000.

However, the settlement amounts from Exactech's withdrawal lawsuit are likely to be higher. A jury will view the manufacturer of your medical device more negatively than the typical defendant on assault for knee injuries.

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Punitive damages will also be on the table. Therefore, in these recall lawsuits, you will at least double the expected settlement amounts. Using this logic, let's calculate that Exactech's settlement payments will be $220,000.

We can also review past knee replacement cases to estimate average individual compensation. Similar mass crime cases have been settled, with the average resolution being individual cases200.000 $worth.

Exactech's responsibility is clear. In its letter to doctors, the company essentially blames itself. The liability is very evident, just as it was with knee replacement processes many years ago.

Therefore, inflation must be taken into account in the calculation. The best forecast, using this as a benchmark for the settlement amounts in 2023, is $300,000 for Exactech payout claims.

Sample demand for Exactech Logic Knee Implants

Burke gegen Exactech Inc., 1:22-cv-020806(S.D. NY) was one of the first post-remove lawsuits filed in federal court in New York on March 14, 2022.

Plaintiff James C. Burke had Exactech Optetrak Logic implants placed in his left and right knees in 2013 and 2016, respectively.

Burke's implant only worked for a short time. The lawsuit alleges that he experienced discomfort, an unsteady gait and bone loss a few years after the surgery.

Burke finally had a lengthy correctional process in 2019. He contacted an attorney to file a takedown lawsuit against Exactech.

The product liability allegations in his lawsuit are primarily based on the company's announcement in February 2022 to recall all of Exactech's knee, hip and ankle implants.

Burke's Exactech recall lawsuit presents the recall, which resulted from defective packaging and premature degradation of plastic inserts, as evidence of a defective Optetrak implant.

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It is claimed that Exactech was aware of these defective inserts but inadvertently failed to warn doctors and patients.

Burke's Exactech recall lawsuit alleges that "accelerated wear of the polyethylene" in Optetrak's inserts was the primary cause of the premature failure of its knee implants after just six years.

Ten separate counts of charges were filed in Burke's lawsuit. But strict liability for a manufacturing defect is the central premise of the tort in this lawsuit.

He is demanding punitive and punitive damages to cover his medical bills and his ordeal.

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No patient should suffer unnecessary pain or harm from a defective medical device.

You may be entitled to compensation if a recalled Exactech knee, hip, or ankle implant injured you or someone you know.

cool giantcan help you get the best legal representation in your case. We work with the best attorneys to collect evidence, file Exactech's removal lawsuit, represent you in court and ensure you receive maximum compensation.

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How much is the exactech lawsuit settlement? ›

Estimated Settlement Value of Exactech Recall Lawsuits

Our estimated settlement value for successful Exactech knee implant recall lawsuits is between $100,000-$225,000. We estimate that Exactech ankle implant lawsuits will have a slightly higher compensation value of around $125,000-$250,000.

How much does a knee replacement lawsuit pay? ›

The average compensation payout in knee injury tort cases is roughly $110,000. But the settlement amounts in the Exactech recall lawsuits will likely be higher. You have a medical device company that a jury will see far less favorably than the average knee injury personal injury defendant.

Is there a recall on ankle and knee implants? ›

The Exactech recall includes all knee and ankle arthroplasty polyethylene inserts packaged in a certain kind of vacuum bag. These bags did not conform to required specifications and may allow oxygen to potentially damage the device liners.

How much did Stryker pay in lawsuit for knee replacement? ›

Duracon Unicompartmental Knee lawsuit (2016): Stryker paid a $7.6 million settlement after 15 years of litigation.

How much can you expect from a class action lawsuit? ›

Joining a class action lawsuit should not cost you anything in most cases. The only plaintiff who may have out-of-pocket expenses in class action litigation is the class representative, and even this is rare.

Why do class action lawsuits pay so little? ›

The most common reason class action settlement payouts are less than expected is because an unexpectedly large number of Class Members submitted claims.

How much should I settle for a knee injury? ›

How Much Compensation Will I Get For A Knee Injury Case? The average compensation payout for a knee injury in a personal injury case is between $70,000 to $150,000. The more serious knee injuries can have much higher than average settlement values. One out of every 12 knee injury verdicts is over $1 million.

Can you get disability after total knee replacement? ›

If knee replacement surgery has affected your life, disability benefits may be an option. However, not everyone who applies for Social Security Disability for a knee replacement is awarded benefits. Sufficient medical evidence is required in order to have a chance at getting a disability claim approved.

What is the disability rating for knee replacement? ›

The 30 percent rating is the minimum rating for a knee replacement, meaning if you had a knee replacement and it is service-connected, you will be rated at least at 30 percent. On the other side of the scale, 100 percent is the maximum rating for knee replacements.

What are the symptoms of exactech recall? ›

Pain and swelling, instability and mobility issues, difficulty bearing weight, stiffness, and a grinding noise are all symptoms of a defective polyethylene liner. Beyond the pain and mobility limitations, the injuries caused by recalled Exactech implants include: Bone loss (osteolysis) Fractures.

How many years does an ankle replacement last? ›

In 90% of cases, the replacement lasts 10 years. Usually, they will last even longer, but in some cases, the implant may fail in less than 10 years. Ankle replacements can loosen over time. If the metal piece is moving inside the bone, then pain and swelling can occur.

Is ankle replacement a disability? ›

A 20 percent disability rating is assigned for "marked" limitation of motion of the ankle. Diagnostic Code 5056 provides the rating criteria for ankle replacement (prosthesis). A minimum 20 percent rating is assigned for the prosthetic replacement of an ankle joint.

How much money can you get from a knee injury? ›

Average Workers Comp' Knee Injury Settlements
Severity of Knee InjuryEstimated Settlement Amounts
Mild$1,000 – $21,748
Moderate to Severe$21,748- $32,622
Extremely Severe$32,622 (+)

What metal is used in Stryker knee replacement? ›

The Triathlon Tritanium Metal-Backed Patella* features Stryker's Tritanium 3D porous metal technology, made from commercially pure titanium, on the metal underside of the patella .

How long does Stryker take to get back to you? ›

Depending on how many applicants we receive for a role, it may take several weeks for our teams to review resumes. In general, we do our best to respond within two weeks of your application. On occasion, our response emails can be caught in spam filters.

Is there a downside to joining class action lawsuit? ›

One of the dangers of joining a class action lawsuit is that you lose the right to file an individual lawsuit if the class action case fails. In addition, you cannot reject a settlement offer to which the class representatives have agreed.

Who gets the most money in a class action lawsuit? ›

Contrary to popular belief, class action settlements are not divided among class members evenly. Lead plaintiffs receive the most money in class action lawsuits. They typically have the worst injuries and the highest damages.

How long does it take to get money from a class action settlement? ›

The average time it takes to process a settlement check is between one and six weeks. However, it can take several months for you to receive just compensation. If you hire one of the experienced attorneys from Morgan & Morgan, you should not have to wait six weeks to receive your settlement check.

What is the biggest lawyer payouts? ›

Number 1: The 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement

The 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement is also the biggest civil litigation settlement in US history. At USD246 billion, it is unlikely to be beaten any time soon. The case was brought against all the major tobacco companies by more than 40 US states.

What is the most money awarded in a lawsuit? ›

These are ten of the biggest personal injury settlements ever.
  • $2.2 Billion Pharmacist Medical Malpractice in Kansas. ...
  • $2 Billion Monsanto Roundup Case in California. ...
  • $1.1 Billion Drunk Driving Accident Case in North Dakota. ...
  • $60 Million Train Derailment Case. ...
  • $38 Million Hyundai Motors Co.
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Is it worth it to join a class action settlement? ›

Is a Class Action Lawsuit Worth It? Even in cases with minor damages, it may be worth your time, money, and resources to join a class action lawsuit. If you have minor injuries or other damages from a large company's negligence, these issues can affect many other people, too.

What is considered a serious knee injury? ›

Inability to fully extend the knee

However, there are certain situations where such symptoms could be a sign of a larger problem like a torn ACL, patellar dislocation, meniscus, or other knee problems. Inability to fully extend the knee is serious and requires medical attention.

How long should you stay off an injured knee? ›

Take a break so your knee has time to heal. You'll only need 1 or 2 days of rest to ease minor knee pain, but severe injuries may keep you off your feet longer. Talk to our doctor if it doesn't get better after a few days.

Can knee injuries be permanent? ›

After a traumatic knee injury, it's possible to have permanent consequences. Lasting damage can occur for a few different reasons. In some cases, the severity of the injury is significant enough to cause permanent damage.

Will I ever be able to kneel after knee replacement? ›

The majority of patients expect to be able to kneel after TKR,2,4,5 however, these expectations are frequently not met,1,6 with between 50% and 80% of patients reporting that they have difficulty kneeling or do not kneel in the months and years after TKR.

Is chronic knee pain a disability? ›

Even with proper medical treatment, knee disorders can cause a permanent disruption to a person's life and ability to work. If you are unable to work due to a knee disorder you may qualify to receive long term disability (LTD) benefits.

What activities are limited after knee replacement? ›

Any activities involving hard running, jumping, or twisting place excessive stress on weight-bearing joints. So, avoid jogging, basketball, skiing, and any other similar activity until your knee surgeon in Boynton Beach clears you for activity. Instead, cycle, walk, and swim as these provide great low-impact exercise.

Can you get disability for arthritis in your knees? ›

Yes. Arthritis can prompt incapacity, as can numerous other mental and physical medical conditions. If your arthritis confines your daily movements, or activities you may qualify for disability benefits.

What percentage disability is a hip replacement? ›

Under Code 5054, replacement of the hip with a prosthesis warrants a 100 percent rating for a one-year period following implantation of the prosthesis. A 90 percent rating is warranted if following the implantation there is painful motion or weakness such as to require the use of crutches.

What is the limitation of leg motion flexion? ›

Limitation of leg flexion is rated 0 percent when limited to 60 degrees, 10 percent when limited to 45 degrees, and 20 percent when limited to 30 degrees. 38 C.F.R. § 4.71a, Diagnostic Code 5260.

Which FDA recall is the most severe? ›

Class I Recalls by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are the most severe type of FDA recall. In a Class-I recall there is a potential for serious injury or death.

Which is the most serious type of drug recall? ›

Class I recalls are drugs that are so dangerous or defective that they could result in serious health problems or death and Class II recalls pose a slight or temporary risk to health.

What is covered in a recall? ›

Around a million vehicles every year are called back to dealers for a safety check or repairs, under the vehicle safety recall scheme. Recalls most commonly concern brakes, fuel, airbags, steering, risk of fire, and seat belts.

How painful is a total ankle replacement? ›

You may have significant pain right after your surgery, but pain medicines may help ease the pain. The pain should begin to diminish over a few days, and you should have less pain than before your surgery. After your surgery, you will probably need to wear a splint for a couple of weeks.

How long do you wear a cast after ankle replacement surgery? ›

The ankle is replaced with plastic or metal pieces. You may have a cast, boot, or splint on your leg for about a month after surgery. You won't be able to put weight on the leg at first. You will use crutches while the cast or boot is on.

How long does it take to walk again after ankle surgery? ›

No walking on the foot is permitted until the wound is reviewed 2 weeks after surgery. At that time you will be allowed to walk in a walking boot. It will take about 3 months before the ankle starts to feel comfortable. Ankle swelling will generally persist for about 9-12 months.

Is degenerative arthritis a disability? ›

Osteoarthritis/Degenerative Joint Disease can cause pain and other symptoms that can impact your ability to work. Social Security Disability benefits may be available to you if you are diagnosed with OA/DJD.

What conditions are considered a disability? ›

A person is disabled under the Act if they can't work due to a severe medical condition that has lasted, or is expected to last, at least one year or result in death. The person's medical condition(s) must prevent them from doing work that they did in the past, and it must prevent them from adjusting to other work.

What percentage disability is ankle injury? ›

Under DC 5271, ankle instability is rated according to limited motion of the ankle. The rating criteria is as follows: 20% – marked limitation of motion. 10% – moderate limitation of motion.

How much is a torn meniscus settlement worth? ›

How Much Is the Settlement Value of a Torn Meniscus Lawsuit? The average settlement value of a torn meniscus in a personal injury lawsuit is around $25,000 to $50,000. The primary factors that impact value in these cases are the severity of the tear and the level and extent of medical treatment required.

Is knee surgery a disability? ›

While there are many disorders that can affect the knees, knee replacement surgery is specifically listed among the conditions for which one can receive disability benefits.

What can you claim for personal injury? ›

After a personal injury, you can claim for pain and suffering, loss of earnings and future loss of earnings.
Pain and suffering from personal injury
  • The severity of your injury.
  • The extent to which your injury has resulted in long-term or permanent disability.
  • The extent to which your injury has disrupted your life.

Can you have an MRI with a Stryker knee replacement? ›

MRI can be used safely with other forms of implants; such as hip and knee replacements and dental implants, depending on what the implant is made of.

What is the newest technology in knee replacement? ›

Persona IQ® - Smart Knee Replacement

Dr. Cafferky and his team are now offering Persona IQ, a cutting-edge smart knee implant that the FDA has approved for total knee replacement surgery. With this new technology, Dr. Cafferky can remotely monitor a patient's progress using data collected from the smart knee implant.

What is the range of motion for a Stryker knee replacement? ›

Increased Knee Motion

Stryker's Triathlon® Knee System allows its users a wide range of motion up to 150 degrees of flexibility.

Does Stryker give you a computer? ›

Flexible workplace-you get a laptop, so you can bring work home.

How many vacation days do you get at Stryker? ›

PTO use
No paid vacation days20%
6-9 days23%
10-20 days29%
21-30 days4%
More than 30 days4%
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How hard is it to get into Stryker? ›

Applying for a job at Stryker is not challenging, although the hiring process can take a long time due to the high volume of applicants. On average, an applicant will wait three months to finish the interview process. Stryker is strict about how you apply.

How much did exactech sell for? ›

Per the deal, TPG has acquired all issued and outstanding common stock of Exactech. Upon closing of the transaction, Exactech's shareholders will receive $49.25 in cash for each share they hold. The total transaction is valued at approximately $737 billion.

What's the largest lawsuit settlement ever? ›

1998 – The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement - $206 Billion. The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement was entered in November 1998 and is still the largest lawsuit settlement in history.

Are class action lawsuits worth? ›

Class action lawsuits provide harmed people with many benefits, such as allowing large groups of similarly affected people to come together and file a lawsuit against the same company. This provides strength in numbers for all of the people harmed, typically by large corporations, or businesses that have a vast reach.

Who owns exactech? ›

Exactech started with a dream shared by orthopaedic surgeon Bill Petty, MD, biomedical engineer Gary Miller, PhD, and organizational culture advocate Betty Petty, MA. They wanted to make a difference in the quality of care provided to patients suffering from injuries or joint diseases like arthritis.

How big is exactech? ›

Exactech Arena at Stephen C. O'Connell Center
Apr 4, 2020

What is the stock symbol for exactech? ›

Exactech Inc (EXAC)

Should I take a lump-sum or structured settlement? ›

A structured settlement tends to pay out more than a lump-sum payment because there is time for it to earn interest. The alternative, a lump-sum payment, is a one-time payment of your financial award.

How much should I expect from BCBS settlement? ›

About 6 million people filed claims by the Nov. 5, 2021 deadline, according to legal documents posted on the website. No more than 25% of the fund is earmarked for attorney fees and administration costs, leaving about $2 billion. That is about $333 per claim.

Do you pay taxes on a class action settlement? ›

The general rule regarding taxability of amounts received from settlement of lawsuits and other legal remedies is Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 61. This section states all income is taxable from whatever source derived, unless exempted by another section of the code.

What is the downside of joining a class action lawsuit? ›

One of the dangers of joining a class action lawsuit is that you lose the right to file an individual lawsuit if the class action case fails. In addition, you cannot reject a settlement offer to which the class representatives have agreed.

Can you lose money in a class action lawsuit? ›

What Are the Risks of a Class-Action Lawsuit? The risk of a class-action lawsuit is that if you lose, you will not receive any compensation for your injuries. If you win, however, you will receive a financial or other non-monetary award.

How long do most class action lawsuits take? ›

Some class action lawsuits can take as little as a few months and as long as several years. These kinds of cases can typically take around two or three years to be resolved, while others can take even longer. When court rulings are appealed, the process gets further prolonged.

Do filing class action settlements have a downside? ›

Some of the common disadvantages of class action lawsuits include: Lack of decision making control. Class action lawsuits are, by definition, representative rather than group litigation. That means that representatives of the affected class make the important litigation decisions – including when to settle.


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