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Our position on Nexgen knee replacements

  • Nexgen Knee Replacements

    Case investigation led by Christian Beadell

    Published: March 15, 2023 | Last Updated: February 8, 2024

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Nexgen Knee Replacements

It has been reported that over 10,000 NHS patients have been given faulty knee replacements, which could require a secondary surgery. The NexGen Zimmer Biomets are the second most used brand of knee implants in the UK. There is an issue with these implants in that they have a far higher rate of failure than is acceptable. This has left patients with pain and in a lot of cases requiring more surgery which comes with its own risk. Those patients who have experienced this are able to claim compensation for the suffering which has been caused.

How can Fletchers Medical Negligence Solicitors help?

We have assembled a team of medical negligence experts led by Christian Beadell, Head of Group Actions, to investigate claims related to the Nexgen range of knee replacements. We can investigate the claim and help you take legal action. We understand that this can be an already stressful time and as such we would be able to offer a No Win, No Fee agreement which means there is no financial risk to you.

What’s wrong with the Nexgen knee implants?

The National Joint Registry (NJR) has identified these devices as having an unacceptably high revision rate, increasing the risk of needing to replace them. Zimmer Biomet, the manufacturer of these knee replacements, has also issued an urgent medical device safety notice for these implants.

The NJR documents and evaluates the performance outcomes of joint replacement surgery to enhance the quality of service provided and facilitate research analysis, to improve patient outcomes.

It is expected that knee replacement should last around 15 years, before a replacement is required. However, one study has noted that 17.6% of Nexgen knee replacement patients will need a replacement within 5 years.

Patients who have undergone a Nexgen knee replacement may need revision surgery. The revision surgery is not without risk and can often be more risky than the primary surgery. Risks include infection loosening of the implant and bone loss.

What should you do if you believe you been affected by a Nexgen implant?

Symptoms can include limping, inability to bear weight, swelling, or knee instability. If you or someone you know has experienced similar issues, please contact our team for a free, no-obligation consultation today.

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If you have received one of the affected knee implants, the hospital where you had your surgery should contact you with more information. The National Joint Registry has provided hospitals with a list of patients affected by this issue. All affected patients should receive clinical follow-up and examination.

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What’s the process?

When you contact the team we will provide a Free Case Assessment to understand what has happened to you, listen what you would like to achieve and ensure that you have a valid case to bring. Once we have identified that you have a legitimate claim we will begin an investigation. In a group action this can be slightly different to a normal case as there will be parts which we can achieve as part of a wider group. Within this stage we will need to collect evidence, work out who is responsible and assess your injuries. When dealing with a group there may be efficiencies and hopefully you will be able to benefit from this. We will apply to the Court to let them know that we are dealing with the case. If needed we will get a Group Litigation Order. We will then negotiate with the defendants in order for us to try and reach a favourable settlement. Once we have a decision or an agreement of settlement we will arrange for the compensation to be paid to you.

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Why Fletchers?

We have a dedicated team who deal with Group Action claims and have the infrastructure that some smaller firms do not have to better support our clients and the process. Our expert team acts for countless of people across the UK injured in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or clinic, or those who have received faulty medical devices. We are always stronger together, fighting as a group. You can also be reassured that our team are experts in clinical negligence and personal injury. The lawyers in our teams have fought many similar cases and are ranked among the leading lawyers in these types of cases. We are independently ranked as leaders in this field with Legal 500 Directory 2024 stating: “Fletchers has been at the forefront of using and developing IT systems to manage and progress cases effectively. They are specialists in what they do and give a personal service to their clients. They become someone you can turn to for anything. Friendly, helpful, nothing is a problem as well as being there for you every step of the way. They always answer your phone calls and emails – no waiting around. They go above and beyond.”

Meet some of our specialist Group Action team

  • Nexgen Knee Replacements

    Christian Beadell

    Head of Group Actions

  • Nexgen Knee Replacements

    Francesca Paul