An Alabama man has filed a product liability lawsuit claiming that his artificial knee failed when a recalled tibial baseplate fractured.
Kenneth King filed a lawsuit against Smith & Nephew last month in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama after experiencing problems with a Smith & Nephew Journey knee.
According to the complaint, King received a Smith & Nephew Journey knee replacement system in 2008, which included a Journey Uni Tibial baseplate. Less than year after his knee surgery, the device was malfunctioning and by 2010 the knee replacement failed resulting in a second surgery in the form of a total knee replacement.
After examining the implant, King’s doctor found that the Uni tibial baseplate had fractured.
The product liability lawsuit claims that the knee implant should have lasted at least 10 years, and realistically should have been serviceable for at least 20 years. Yet, the implant King received lasted less than two years due to design defects.
In January 2010, the FDA announced a Smith & Nephew knee recall was issued for the tibial baseplate used during King’s surgery. After multiple reports of broken base plates the company recalled nearly 40,000 of the components.
According to the lawsuit, King is seeking compensatory damages for physical and mental pain and suffering, loss of earnings and employment, decreased earning capacity, permanent impairment, disfigurement, medical expenses, loss of consortium, loss of quality of life and other injuries. He is also asking for punitive damages.