A DePuy jaw implant has been recalled because there is a risk of respiratory arrest and death. Attorneys Fred Pritzker and David Szerlag are providing free consultations to injured adults and the parents of injured children.
The recall is of the DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial (CMF) Distraction System:
- External Mandibular Fixator
- External Mandibular Distractor
- Bone Plate.
The problem is that the device may reverse direction and lose the desired distraction distance after surgery.
Babies are at the highest risk for serious injury if this jaw implant fails because sudden obstruction of the trachea can occur, leading to possible respiratory arrest and wrongful death. If the implant reverses direction in babies, older children or adults, the only way to fix it is surgery to replace the failed device.
To date, the FDA has confirmed reports of 15 injuries.
What is a DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System?
The DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System is an implant used to lengthen and/or stabilize the lower jawbone (mandibular body) and the side of the lower jaw (ramus). It is used in pediatric and adult patients to correct birth (congenital) or post-traumatic defects of the jaw by gradually lengthening the bone (distraction).
These implants were sold to hospitals and surgical centers from November 3, 2009 to April 14, 2014.
About Attorneys Fred Pritzker and David Szerlag
Fred and David are national product liability lawyers. They have helped hundreds of people hold corporate wrongdoers accountable. The recently won $45 million for clients injured by another medical product, and now they are helping people injured by the DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System.