Injuries Caused By Defective Titanium Bone Plates and Screws
Jaw, rib, and other bone fractures happen every day, but when braces and casts cannot sufficiently immobilize broken bones, surgical plates and screws – like those made by KLS Martin – may be necessary. Sadly, some patients have suffered unnecessary injuries caused by alleged design and manufacturing defects in KLS Martin’s interpositional screws, plates, and bone screws.
Problems Attributed to KLS Martin Surgical Implants
Titanium is considered highly biocompatible, meaning that surgical plates made of titanium should not be toxic to surrounding tissue – especially rib plates used to stabilize rib fractures. A titanium oxide surface on the devices makes them less corrosive than other metal alloys.
But some titanium surgical implants have failed, causing severe and possibly life-threatening harm to patients. One manufacturer, KLS Martin Group, produces the L1 Rib System, which has been the subject of several reported injuries.
Scientific studies have revealed the product liability dangers associated with titanium devices:
- Abrasion, grinding, or rubbing of the titanium oxide layer can release particles into the surrounding tissue.
- Movement and gaps between titanium plates and screws can emit ions harmful to surrounding bone and tissue.
- In jaw and maxillofacial implants, saliva, bacteria, and fluorides can dissolve and corrode the titanium oxide layer, leeching toxic debris into surrounding tissue.
- Titanium plates can fracture when subjected to very small, frequent bending movements caused by ordinary activities like breathing.
Because of these and other defects, patients with KLS Martin rib plates may sustain a wide range of damages, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability and disfigurement
- Extended hospitalization
- Corrective surgeries
- Physical limitations
- Loss of income
- Medical costs and expenses
The attorneys at Lamothe Law Firm fight vigorously to obtain compensation for victims of defective surgical implants and their families.
Holding KLS Martin Accountable
Patients rely on KLS Martin to thoroughly test their products and ensure they comply with federal safety standards. Sometimes, however, companies cut corners by negligently designing the devices, improperly manufacturing them, and failing to warn the public of the risks and potential harm.
Usually, doctors who are unaware of a medical device’s defect are not liable to the patient for any injuries associated with the product’s failure. But if your surgeon knew of the dangers posed by KLS surgical plates and screws, you can hold the physician accountable for that decision and not informing you of the risks.
Contact an Experienced Medical Product Liability Attorney
Proving that a rib plate is defective can be complicated, requiring thorough investigation, consultation with biomechanical engineers and other experts, and taking on large corporations and their insurance companies.
If you or someone you love is the victim of a defective KLS Martin titanium rib plate, you need experienced and courtroom-tested trial lawyers on your side.
The Lamothe Law Firm has successfully represented patients and families affected by medical device manufacturers’ negligence, recovering the compensation they deserve and helping them move on with their lives. Please contact us today for a free consultation to learn how we will fight for you.