One lawsuit involving the Biomet reverse shoulder replacement has already been filed and settled. The case involved a Colorado patient with multiple defective devices.
Alfonse Alarid was diagnosed with a massive rotator cuff tear in one arm and severe joint arthritis in the other. He underwent Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder surgeries in 2009 and 2010.
A few years after the surgeries, both of Alarid’s devices had fractured. This led to pain and deteriorating arm function for the patient.
It also led to a lawsuit for the device manufacturer. The patient claimed that Biomet manufactured and marketed a defective device even though the device was known to have issues. After litigating the matter for two years, Biomet agreed to settle with Alarid for $350,000 in 2016.
At the time of Alarid’s settlement, the FDA had only issued its two Class II recalls for this medical device. Now, with the 2017 Class I recall, legal observers expect to see more lawsuits filed related to the Biomet reverse shoulder implant.