Lawsuits Filed Against Cartiva for Defective Big Toe Implant Devices

Several recent plaintiffs allege that a synthetic cartilage implant for people with arthritis of the big toe can cause more harm than good. The manufacturers of the Cartiva big toe implant are the defendants of two recently filed lawsuits, both of which seek damages for defects related to the device.

Soon after the Cartiva device was released to the market, doctors and patients began observing that the implants did not function as optimally as advertised. Some patients faced device slippage, among other defects. If you faced health complications related to the Cartiva device, you could have a case for compensation. Read on to learn more about your eligibility to file suit.

Recent Lawsuits Against Cartiva

Plaintiffs are beginning to file lawsuits for damages related to Cartiva’s defects, including:

  • Gina Neil, who filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina on May 31, 2022
  • Gabriel Gesmer, filing in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on March 14, 2022

The Gesmer lawsuit argues that Cartiva’s implant did not meet federal standards before the device was sold to the public. Further, Gesmer’s attorneys state that Cartiva was aware of the product’s dangers, receiving thousands of adverse event reports. Gesmer’s defective implant caused him nerve damage, bone loss, mobility loss, and toe swelling.

Other patients and doctors have reported additional defects. The device can migrate inside the toe and cause bone damage, a process called subsidence. This can lead to loss of mobility, pain, and other complications.

The Cartiva device was originally designed to spare patients from surgical procedures typical for those with arthritis of the big toe. The manufacturers originally promoted the device as offering significant improvement in foot functionality and patient quality of life after implantation. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)) However, doctors have since noted that real-world patients do not experience the same quality of results as originally described in early clinical studies.  

How Do I Know if I Qualify for a Cartiva Lawsuit?

People who are now facing poor outcomes with a Cartiva device should know that they may qualify for compensation. You could file a lawsuit if you can show that:

  • You had a Cartiva device implanted in your big toe.
  • The device did not function as intended or otherwise failed.
  • You faced costs and losses as a result, such as corrective surgeries or other medical care.
  • You did not have certain pre-existing health conditions, such as gout, cancer, lupus, Chron’s disease, and other conditions.

If you meet these criteria, you could seek damages for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses. 

You Can Get Help From a Law Firm to Build a Case Against Cartiva

To bring a case against Cartiva, you may want help from an medical device injury lawyer. They can tell you more about your qualifications to file suit and the next steps to take for your case. 

Many personal injury lawyers offer free case reviews. Contact our team today to learn more and connect with a lawyer in our network.