Our lawyers are accepting new Exactech recall lawsuits in all 50 states. Below we discuss the litigation, provide the most recent January 2023 updates – including the latest Exactech recall – and what our lawyers believe the average per person Exactech settlement amounts will be.
The medical device company Exactech is one of the leading manufacturers of implant systems utilized in joint replacement surgeries.
Exactech recently launched a sweeping recall of all knee replacement implant systems manufactured after 2004 (Exactech Recall Letter). The implants are being recalled because it was discovered that a defect in the packaging caused a polyethylene insert component to degrade before use.
The degraded inserts caused the Exactech knee implants to fail prematurely (sometimes after only a few months), causing acute pain and requiring patients to have revision surgery to replace the implant. This led to an Exactech knee replacement class action lawsuit in 2022. These recall lawsuits are now pushing forward in 2023, as we discuss below.
Filing an Exactech Lawsuit
In the last ten years, anyone who had knee replacement surgery with an Exactech implant system may be entitled to pursue a product liability lawsuit and get financial compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost income resulting from their implant failure.
Our Exactech lawyers are actively seeking Exactech knee implant recall cases from patients adversely impacted by a defective Exactech knee implant system, including the Opetetrak® or Truliant® knee replacement systems. Contact us about filing an Exactech knee implant lawsuit.
Exactech Class Action March 2023 Update
- The Exactech implant recall class action added 47 new cases over the last monthly period. That is an increase of over 20%, the biggest monthly increase since the litigation started, and it brings the total number of plaintiffs in the Exactech MDL up to 179.
- Post on the effort to expand the defendants responsible for the Exactech recall
Exactech Class Action February 2023 Update
- On May 10, 2023, the Judge in the Exactech recall class action MDL will hold a science day during which lawyers for each side will make presentations to educate the court about the various scientific issues and evidence involved in the cases. The Exactech MDL now has 132 pending cases.
- The Exactech MDL Judge recently finalized the process that allows all future Exactech implant lawsuits to be filed directly in the MDL. Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel also launched a new website (www.exactechmdlfilings.com) was also launched by Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel to give the public access to key documents relating to the litigation, such as Court Orders and attorney contact information. Judge Garaufis also has plans to hold a Science Day (we will explain Science Day in detail when the date is chosen) and has asked the parties to submit a joint proposal this week for the time frame and logistics of that event.
Exactech Class Action Lawsuit January 2023 Update
- We now have a class action lawsuit pending for the Exactech recall in New York. The class action is the result of Exactech lawyers filing a motion with the JPML asking for the creation of a new Exactech class action lawsuit. This is a big step towards an eventual settlement.
- In mid-December 2023, the judge in the Exactech recall MDL named 27 lawyers to the plaintiffs’ leadership committees for the litigation. There will be an Executive Committee, a Steering Committee, lead counsel, and liaison counsel. So we are now moving forward.
- The class action is the result of Exactech lawyers filing a motion with the JPML asking for the creation of a new Exactech class action lawsuit. This is a big step towards an eventual settlement.
- In mid-January 2023, parties for both sides in the Exactech recall MDL in federal court submitted a joint status report to Judge Garaufis before the status conference. The status report advised that the consolidated proceedings in Florida state court now have 86 pending cases, and discovery is starting to get underway. Master discovery requests were served last month, and the deposition of Exactech’s chief medical officer, Dr. Sharat Kusuma, is scheduled for February.
Exactech agrees to a class action lawsuit.
So there is no longer any dispute as to whether there should be an MDL Exactech class action lawsuit. Exactech advised the MDL panel to favor a new class action lawsuit consolidating all Exactech implant recall lawsuits in federal courts.
In its response, Exactech also agreed with the plaintiffs that the Eastern District of New York would be the most appropriate venue for the MDL. Exactech’s consent effectively guarantees that the JPML will grant the request and form a new MDL for the Exactech recall cases.
What does this mean for your Exactech lawsuit? It means that if you file in federal court – which would seem to be the best place for victims to file – your Exactech lawsuit will be consolidated in front of a single judge in New York.
So if you are in California, Texas, Illinois, or any other state, your case for pretrial discovery will be housed in New York. If there is no Exactech settlement at the end of the pretrial discovery (and likely a few trials), your case will be remanded back to your home state for trial.
There are no guarantees in litigation. But our Exactech lawyers believe that these lawsuits will very likely settle long before there is a trial.
Twenty-seven Exactech recall lawsuits
The JPML motion lists 27 Exactech recall lawsuits pending in 11 federal districts. Exactech attorneys seek to have the MDL established in the Eastern District of New York, and Exactech will almost certainly request the Northern District of Florida as the venue. Exactech is headquartered in Florida and has a brand name in northern Florida that it would hope has some sway with juries.
Nine more Exactech recall lawsuits are filed.
It has been less than a month since a motion was filed with the JPML asking for the Exactech recall lawsuits to be consolidated in a new MDL. At that time, 26 Exactech implant recall cases were pending in federal courts. Since then, another nine lawsuits have been filed against Exactech over its recent implant recall, bringing the total number of pending Exactech cases in federal courts up to 36. This will undoubtedly increase the likelihood that the JPML will grant the motion and create a new MDL for the Exactech recall cases.
Exactech recall expanded
This summer, Exactech was recently forced to expand the scope of the recall of its joint replacement implants. Exactech sent a new recall letter to healthcare providers last week, notifying them that the recall of hip and ankle implants initiated in February was not being expanded to cover an additional 40,000 implant components. The expanded recall covers acetabular hip liners in Exactech’s Connexion, Novation, and other brand implant systems.
This latest news comes just as the JPML created a new MDL Exactech class action lawsuit that is up and rolling in 2023.
Exactech Optetrak Knee Implants
Problems With Optetrak Knee Implants
Recall of Exactech Knee Implants
- Optetrak® (1994)
- Optetrak Logic® (2009)
- Truliant® (2017)
Example Exactech Knee Replacement Lawsuit
Compensation for Recalled Knee Implants
FAQs: Exactech Recall Lawsuits
What should I do if my Exactech implant has been recalled?
If you have a recalled Exactech knee or ankle replacement implant, you should make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your options. Removal or replacement of the recalled implant may be necessary at some point. Still, for now, Exactech is advising doctors to maintain an index of patients with recalled implants and closely monitor them for signs of potential insert failure.
How do I know if my implant has been recalled?
If you have a knee or ankle replacement implant system made by Exactech. Your surgery occurred after 2004, then your implant is almost definitely covered by the recall. The recall covers ALL Exactech total knee replacement systems and ankle replacement systems that were manufactured at any point after 2004. This effectively covers all Exactech knee and ankle implants surgically installed in the last nine years.
How do I know if Exactech made my implant?
Many patients who have joint replacement surgery have no idea what brand of implant system they have. If you had total knee replacement surgery, but you don't know whether Exactech made your implant, you will need to ask your orthopedic doctor or request your medical records from the surgery to determine who manufactured your implant device.
As part of the recall, Exactech is inviting patients with recalled implants to submit "claims for reimbursement" and has hired a third-party administrator (Broadspire) to manage the claim process. Patients should be aware, however, that if they submit a claim for reimbursement to Exactech, they will likely waive their right to file a product liability lawsuit against Exactech for the recalled implant. Patients who submit reimbursement claims to Exactech will get far less compensation than they would otherwise be entitled to if they brought an Exactech recall lawsuit in civil court.
What do you expect for Exactech recall lawsuit settlement amounts?
Our attorneys estimate that Exactech knee replacement recall lawsuits may have a settlement value of $130,000 to $190,000 and ankle replacement recall lawsuits may have a slightly higher value.
Predictions for Exactech settlement amounts at this stage are dicey. So take these settlement amount projections with a grain of salt. But they are based on historical settlement amounts in defective knee replacement lawsuits and the specifics of this Exactech recall.
Exactech Knee Replacement Attorneys
If you have an Exactech knee replacement system implanted, you may be entitled to financial compensation for any complications or problems related to the implant. Consult with an Exactech recall lawyer to determine your legal options. Call 800-553-8082 today or get a free online consultation.