If you were fitted with the DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System and experienced injuries you believe were caused by the device, contact Attorney Group for California today to learn more about your legal options. In a free, no obligation consultation, we can help determine whether you are entitled to pursue a claim for compensation. If you are, Attorney Group for California can connect you with an affiliated attorney.
DePuy Synthes, FDA Issue Recall
The DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System is intended for use in both adults and children and is typically implanted following birth defects or post-traumatic injury. In April 2014, DePuy informed hospitals that the device was prone to early failure; specifically, it had the potential to reverse direction and subsequently lose the distance it was intended to give the patient. Four months later, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its most serious recall notice, a Class I recall, for the DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial System. The FDA informed consumers and the healthcare community of the potential complications that could result from the device.
DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System Complications
If the device reverses direction, the patient is at risk for severe and life-threatening complications. Adults are at risk of requiring surgical intervention to remove the failing device, while infants and toddlers may experience obstruction of the trachea, which can ultimately lead to respiratory arrest and death.
Younger children are more at risk for complications because, unlike adults, they do not yet possess the ability to completely control their airway. All in all, DePuy received 15 adverse event reports from affected patients. Attorneys expect the number of reports to grow in the coming months as notice of the FDA recall continues to circulate throughout media reports.
Legal Counsel Can Help
If you required additional surgeries to fix the damage you believe was caused by the DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System, consider working with an attorney to see if you might have a potential case in a California DePuy jaw implant lawsuit. The added expenses of these additional procedures can be costly, but, while no amount of compensation is guaranteed, filing a lawsuit may help you receive compensation for these unexpected medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
Contact Us for a Free Case Evaluation
Attorney Group for California is currently reviewing cases on behalf of patients who allegedly suffered from complications or required removal surgeries as a result of the DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System. If it is determined that you have a case in a free, no obligation consultation, Attorney Group for California can connect you with an affiliated attorney. He or she can help you recover the damages to which you may be entitled. Call today.