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Defective Medical Device Claims

Knee Replacement Claims

A knee replacement is intended to resolve a medical problem, so when that surgery goes wrong, it can be incredibly disheartening as well as causing further injury and discomfort.

If you or a loved one feel let down by their knee replacement, our lawyers could help you claim the compensation you deserve. We have helped clients in a variety of circumstances, including when:

  • Issues have occurred as a result of the way the knee replacement was fitted
  • The product being used was defective
  • Further injury has been caused as a result of the product being fitted, resulting in pain, stress or discomfort
  • Knee replacement complications have led to further surgery

Our personal injury team has a great deal of experience with medical negligence and product liability claims, and are here to help you too. Our exceptional knowledge and caring solicitors have seen us win Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven occasions.

We'll help you every step of the way throughout the duration of your claim. Our experience with knee replacement claims means that we know what needs to be done to help you achieve the best possible compensation settlement.

If you have any questions about making a knee replacement claim, call us on 0800 121 6567 or contact us online for a free consultation on your case.

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Knee Replacement Claims - More Information
    • What's The Claims Process?
    • To make a compensation claim for an injury caused by a defective medical product, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with us for a free consultation. We'll discuss what's happened to you, advise you on whether or not we think you can claim, and work out whether you could benefit from a No Win No Fee* arrangement.

      If you do decide to make a claim with us, we'll usually follow the same three stages:

      1. Investigation. We'll begin by determining the extent of your injury or illness, and any losses that you may experience as a result. This may involve an examination carried out by a medical expert.
      2. Compensation. We'll work out how much compensation you should get based on the severity of your injuries, your pain and suffering, any medical expenses you've had, and your ability to get back to work. We'll put this amount to your opponent, and they can either accept or contest your claim.
      3. Conclusion. If your opponent accepted blame, you'll be awarded compensation. If not, court proceedings will begin.

      Starting proceedings doesn't mean that your claim will definitely go to trial. Instead, it means that the court takes over the management of your case – and there is still the opportunity for your opponent to settle.

      If you do have to go to court, we'll be there to support you every step of the way. If we agreed to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee* arrangement, then you won't have to pay anything if you were unsuccessful.

      If you have any questions about the claims process, please contact us today on 0800 121 6567 for your free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee* Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • How Much Can I Claim?
    • How much compensation you receive for an injury caused by a defective medical product will depend on various factors related to your injury, its circumstances, and the support and rehabilitation you need.

      The amount of compensation you could claim is based on many factors, including:

      • Current and future loss of earnings from being unable to return to work
      • Medical and travel expenses you've had to pay
      • Your care and support needs – both now and in the future
      • Whether you need modifications to your home
      • Whether you need mobility aids or specialist equipment
      • Your pain and suffering, and the nature of any ongoing problems you have

      For more information, call us on 0800 121 6567 and we'll be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

    • What Is A Group Claim, And What Are The Benefits?
    • When an entire line of medical products is defective, many people may suffer injuries as a result. In these situations, it is possible to make a group claim to ensure you and your fellow victims are fully and fairly compensated for your trauma.

      In some cases a group action may be appropriate way for the court to manage a number of similar claims together without having a trial of each individual claim. Group actions can help people to share legal expertise as well as the cost by working together, to try and maximise the chances of being fully and fairly compensated for your trauma.

      We have extensive experience in pursuing group actions relating to many different types of claim, including for defective products, drugs and medical devices.

      The expertise and results achieved for our clients means that Irwin Mitchell is the most highly ranked personal injury firm in the UK by two independent leading legal reviews.

      If you're unsure about whether making a group claim is right for you, it's best to seek some advice. Contact us and we'll be able to advise you on the options.

I hope that the funds we secured for our client will assist him in making necessary adaptations to his home and help with his future care needs."

Sallie Booth - Partner
Defective Products

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Make A Knee Replacement Claim?

If you've suffered complications or had a condition made worse because of a faulty knee replacement, then you may be able to claim compensation.

You can also claim on behalf of loved one who is unable to make their own legal decisions, such as an elderly relative with dementia or on behalf of your child (provided they are under 18).

If you were fitted with a faulty knee replacement device, we may be able to help you claim against the manufacturer. If your injuries were caused by poor fitting of the device, then we may be able to make a medical negligence claim against those responsible for the surgery.

If you're not sure whether or not you'll be able to make a claim, it's best to seek some advice from the experts. Call us today on 0800 121 6567, or contact us online, for a free initial consultation about your case.

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What Type Of Knee Replacements Have Been Found To Be Defective?

We are currently investigating claims in relation to a number of knee implants which show a higher than normal rate of failure, or which have been recalled, including:

  • Zimmer Nexgen Flex series and other high flexion knee designs
  • Zimmer Persona
  • Smith and Nephew Journey
  • Exactech Optetrak

Sometimes a knee replacement fails because it was fitted incorrectly, rather than because of problems with the device itself. We look at each case individually with input from expert orthopaedic surgeons to identify the cause of failure, and make a claim against the party responsible. This could be the manufacturer of the device where the reason for failure is a defective product, or the hospital trust where the surgeon is at fault.

If you have any questions about making a claim, or how we can help, then please don't hesitate to give us a call today on 0800 121 6567, or contact us online, for a free initial consultation on your case. We're here to help.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell For A Knee Replacement Claim?

We have a great deal of experience investigating claims regarding knee replacements, which means we understand the issues that you and your family will be facing.

As a patient it can be difficult to understand exactly why your knee replacement went wrong. In these situations, it’s important to have the experts on your side. If you’ve suffered as a result of a faulty knee replacement, we'll work tirelessly to make sure you receive all of the support, advice and care you need during the next stage of your care.

Our extensive experience has seen us handle a diverse range of knee replacement claims, including:

  • A settlement for a client who had suffered negligent treatment at the hands of the NHS, which led the need for further operations. Find out more about this case.
  • A successful claim for a client who required a further knee procedure, ultimately leading to an amputation of his leg, after he received a faulty knee implant. Find about more about this case.

If you'd like help and advice or have experienced an issue surrounding knee replacement claims, call us on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online for a free consultation on your case.

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As well as securing compensation and rehabilitation for our clients, we also campaign for improvements in patient safety by supporting Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA). This UK charity provides advice and support to people who have suffered because of lapses in patient safety, working in partnership with health professionals, the government and the NHS to ensure that safety guidelines are followed.

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