2018 Deputy Knee Loosening Lawsuit Alleges Company Knew of Defects for Several Years

On February 1st, a Kentucky man filed the most current Deputy Attune knee suit against Warsaw, Indiana-based Deputy Orthopedics, alleging that faulty design of the Deputy Attune knee implants contributed to tibial loosening and device failure.

2018 Deputy Knee Loosening Lawsuit Alleges Company Knew of Defects for Several Years

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The suit joins an increasing number of claims filed across the nation against DePuy over its Attune lineup of knee implants. It is alleged that a faulty design in the reduced tibial plate of the implant reduces bonding between the apparatus and the tibia bone and makes it readily prone to loosening.

Lawyers expect tens of thousands or more instances will gradually be registered and likely will be merged to a class-action type multidistrict litigation court.

Signs Your Knee Implant Might Have Become Unglued

Potential Indicators of a loosening knee implant can include:

 Numbness in knee

Instability

Difficulty walking

Less variety of movement

Pain

Swelling or inflammation

Bone loss

Infection

At times, a detached knee implant could be recognized by x-ray tests. However, many surgeons have reported that they could not tell a knee apparatus had become loose until they performed another operation to see it straight.

Implant Loosening leads to Revision Surgery

In the case of Robert Long, he underwent a total right knee replacement operation in 2015 close to his home in Somerset, Kentucky and received a DePuy Attune knee implant in the procedure.

After just a year or so, Mr. Long began suffering persistent and severe pain, difficulty walking, and trouble with equilibrium. His physician performed x-rays which revealed the lower portion of his knee implant, the tibial baseplate, had become unglued from his tibia bone.  

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