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Ilana Wolk appointed to Exactech Polyethylene Orthopedic Products Liability Litigation

April 10, 2023
Ilana Wolk appointed to Exactech Polyethylene Orthopedic Products Liability Litigation

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Brad Zimmerman

The Jacob Fuchsberg Law firm is pleased to announce that Attorney Ilana Wolk has been appointed to the leadership science committee in the multi-district Exactech Knee, Hip, and Ankle Products Liability Litigation in Exactech Polyethylene Orthopedic Products.

In February of 2022, Exactech issued a recall of all polyethylene tibial inserts manufactured in 2004 or later due to defective vacuum bag packaging that caused premature oxidation. Oxidation severely degrades the mechanical properties of the insert, leading to accelerated wear debris production, bone loss, component fatigue, cracking, fracture, and increased need for revision surgery. As a result, recipients of the faulty implants are more likely to experience pain, swelling, or difficulty moving the joint leading to bone loss.

The recall impacted over 140,000 implants, thus in October the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation centralized all Exactech lawsuits into a multidistrict litigation to accommodate for the significant number of cases.

On December 12, U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garafuis in the Eastern District of New York issued a leadership plan and appointed 27 experienced Exactech recall lawyers including our own Ilana Wolk, to serve in various positions and aid with the multidistrict litigation.

Ilana Wolk joined the Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm as an associate attorney in November 2019, and her practice focuses on matters involving medical malpractice, general negligence, personal injury, wrongful death, and product liability. In December 2022, Ilana was promoted to Partner at the Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm, and we are proud that she will bring her expertise in complex litigation, products liability, catastrophic injury and mass torts to the Exactech multidistrict litigation.

As part of the leadership committee, Ilana will collaborate with a diverse group of attorneys from eleven different states to advance the needs of the case. To accommodate the growing size of the Exactech litigation, each subcommittee will play an important role to ensure that each plaintiff receives the representation they deserve.

If you have received an Exactech knee replacement or ankle implant, you may be at risk for premature wear. If you have received a recalled implant, contact the Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm for a free Exactech recall lawsuit consultation.

We can help you file a product liability lawsuit for medical expenses incurred, additional surgeries, as well as any pain and suffering that you or your immediate family have experienced due to the faulty implant.

We can help when the unimaginable happens.