Whether you’re an ex-North Carolina athlete who hurt his knee during a violent football collision; or you’re an elderly patient who needed knee replacement due to osteoarthritis, if you received a Calaxo bone screw between March 2006 and August 2007, you may be eligible to collect compensation for side effects caused by this defective piece of medical equipment.
Officially marketed as the “Calaxo osteoconductive interference screw,” the bone screw was designed to help maintain the structural integrity of the interior cruciate ligament (ACL) during surgical recovery. Doctors used the screw in thousands of knee surgeries in North Carolina and beyond. The manufacturer issued a recall, after data suggested that the screws dissolved too quickly in the body, causing the tender and recently repaired joints to fall apart.
Common symptoms reported included fever, fluid build up and swelling in the knee, redness and tenderness near incision, infection, and chronic pain.
Many patients who suffered these side effects had to get second (and sometimes third) knee surgeries — expensive, debilitating procedures.
The indirect costs were also staggering and diverse: the ending of professional athletic careers, spikes in insurance rates, psychological strain, loss of companionship, etc.
Even though six years may have passed since your surgery, you can still take powerful legal action to recoup costs and hold the manufacturer of Calaxo screws responsible for what you and your family went through. The team here at the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo has vast experience fighting for plaintiffs in North Carolina class action and mass tort lawsuits. We would be happy to give you a free consultation to help you understand your potential avenues for legal recourse. Get in touch with us today to get peace of mind regarding your chronic knee injury.