Frequently Asked Questions

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Q:        How do I know what type of knee implant I have or if the ShapeMatch Cutting Guide was used during my surgery?
A:        Your surgeon should be able to identify the brand of knee implant and if the ShapeMatch Cutting Guide was used during your surgery.  I would suggest calling your surgeon’s office to inquire.  You may also want to contact the hospital to obtain a copy of the operative report and implant labels from your surgery.

Q:        What is the ShapeMatch Cutting Guide?
A:        The ShapeMatch Cutting Guides are single-use, disposable cutting guides intended to help a surgeon mark the bone before cutting during a total knee replacement surgery.  The guides ultimately assist the surgeon in the positioning of the total knee replacement components.  The cutting guides are manufactured for patients individually based on imaging studies of the patients’ knee such as an MRI or CT Scan.  The ShapeMatch Cutting Guides were used in conjunction with the Stryker Triathlon Knee System.

Q:        Is the Stryker Triathlon Knee System recalled as well?
A:        No.  The knee implant itself has not been recalled.  The ShapeMatch Cutting Guide used during your knee replacement surgery is the product that has been recalled.

Q:        What should I do if I am experiencing problems with my knee?
A:        Contact your surgeon immediately to schedule an appointment and then please consider calling us at 1-800-247-1623 to discuss your legal rights and remedies.

Q:        What if I am not experiencing problems with my knee?
A:        Contact us at 1-800-247-1623 to discuss your legal rights.  While you may not be experiencing problems now, you may develop symptoms at a later date.  It is important that you protect your legal rights against the manufacturer for damages including but not limited to, possible future complications, physical impairment, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, mental anguish and other legal remedies that may be available to you.

Q:        How much will it cost me to have my case evaluated?
A:        Nothing.  There is no charge for the initial consultation regarding your claim.

Q:        What are the attorney’s fees if I choose to hire you?
A:        Our firm works on a contingent fee basis.  Our fee is a percentage of the recovery.  You do not pay any attorney’s fees or expenses unless we recover compensation for you.

Q:        Do I have to pay a retainer for fees or expenses?
A:        No.

Q:        Do I have to pay for the litigation expenses up front?
A:        No.  Our firm will advance all litigation costs for your case.  We are reimbursed for expenses out of recovery.  If there is no recovery for you, you do not owe us any money for expenses.

Q:        Would I be personally responsible for litigation expenses if there is no recovery?
A:        No.  We work on a contingency basis.  If we are unsuccessful in obtaining a recovery for you, you do not repay any expenses.

Q:        Is this a class action lawsuit?
A:        No.  We handle and file your claim individually.

Q:        What damages would I receive if the case is successful?
A:        While it varies depending on the state you reside in, damages in a successful product liability case may include recovery for past medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity in the future, past and future mental anguish, past and future physical disfigurement, and past and future pain and suffering.