Our lawyers are accepting potential lawsuits on behalf of people who were injured by the DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial (CMF) Distraction System. This device, which is used to lengthen or stabilize the jawbone, may reverse direction and lose the desired distraction distance after surgery, resulting in obstruction of the trachea, respiratory arrest or death. To date, at least 15 injuries have been linked to the DePuy Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by the DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against DePuy Synthes and we can help.
FDA Recall: Distraction System May Reverse Directions After Surgery
On August 28, 2014, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced a Class I Recall for the DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial (CMF) Distraction System (AB Distractor Bodies and BC Distractor Bodies). Certain lots of this device, which is also called an External Mandibular Fixator And/Or Distractor and a Bone Plate, are being recalled because they may reverse direction and lose the desired distraction distance after surgery. When this occurs, it may result in:
- Tracheal Obstruction
- Respiratory Arrest
Infants are at greatest risk if the distraction system fails because sudden obstruction of the trachea can occur. This may cause respiratory arrest which could lead to death. Children or adults who are able to maintain an open airway are at less risk because failure of the implant would not obstruct the trachea and could be reversible. In all patients, however, failure of the distraction system may require surgery to replace the device.
What is the CMF Distraction System?
The DePuy Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System is an implant used to lengthen and/or stabilize the lower jawbone and side of the lower jaw. This implant is used to correct congenital birth or post-traumatic defects of the jaw by gradually lengthening the bone.
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On April 16, 2014, DePuy sent a notice to its customers informing them of the problem and affected products. DePuy requested that customers remove affected lots from their inventory and return them to the company.
Can I File a DePuy Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit against DePuy Synthes, the maker of the Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving medical devices allege that a product was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain complication. In the case of the Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that DePuy Synthes failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of tracheal obstruction, respiratory arrest and death.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a lawsuit against the maker of the Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your injury, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the product’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective medical device into the marketplace, and to discourage other companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I Have a DePuy Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free DePuy Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by the DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.