An Alabama man has filed a product liability lawsuit over problems with a Smith & Nephew Journey knee, alleging that his artificial knee failed when a recalled tibial baseplate fractured.
The Smith & Nephew knee lawsuit was filed by Kenneth King last month in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.
According to allegations raised in the complaint, King received a Smith & Nephew Journey knee replacement system in 2008, which included a Journey Uni Tibial baseplate. Within a year after his knee surgery, the device was malfunctioning and by 2010 the knee replacement failed resulting in revision surgery in the form of a total knee replacement.
King’s doctor examined the implant and found that the Smith & Nephew Journey Uni tibial baseplate had fractured.
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, Smith & Nephew recalled nearly 40,000 of the components.
The product liability lawsuit claims that the knee implant should have lasted for a minimum of 10 years, and realistically should have been serviceable for at least 20 years. However, the implant King received lasted less than two years due to design defects.
King seeks 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. The lawsuit accuses Smith & Nephew of negligence, liability, breach of warranty, and failure to warn. The lawsuit also seeks punitive damages.