Knee replacement malfunctions, company sued in Madison County

Steve Gonzalez Dec. 28, 2006, 3:27am

Jerry Linder filed suit against knee replacement manufacturer Smith & Nephew Oxinium in Madison County Circuit Court Dec. 18, claiming a knee replacement failed to function properly requiring him to get a second one.

According to the complaint, Linder had his knees bilaterally replaced on Jan. 20, 2003, and on Feb. 8, had to have his left knee replaced.

He claims the Smith & Nephew knee was unreasonably dangerous because its macrotextured surface failed to allow proper bone bonding to the prosthesis.

Linder claims he has experienced pain and suffering, undergone a costly and debilitating surgery to replace the prosthesis, faces future surgery in his right knee, has been unable to attend to his daily tasks and has become liable for medical expenses.

His wife Pam Linder claims she has and will continue to suffer the loss of Jerry's services, consortium, and the care and comfort of his society because of his disabilities.

Represented by Jon Carlson of Edwardsville, the Linders are seeking damages in excess of $100,000, plus costs of the suit.

The case has been assigned to Circuit judge Daniel Stack.

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