CHARLESTON -- A South Charleston couple is suing Smith & Nephew for defective knee components used during knee surgery.
On Jan. 19, 2009, Robert Morris was admitted to St. Francis Hospital for the purpose of undergoing a right knee arthroplasty surgery, according to a complaint filed Nov. 10 in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Morris and his wife, Jenny Morris, claim four Smith & Nephew components were used during the procedure, which were the Journey Duce Oxinium femoral component size 5, the Journey Uni right medial tibial baseplate size 5, size 5-6 9mm Journey Uni right medial tibial insert and the 35mm Genesis II resurfacing patellar component.
On April 15, 2010, Robert Morris was admitted to the hospital again, wherein it was discovered that the knee components placed during the first surgery had a complete failure, requiring additional revision and replacement of new knee components, according to the suit.
The Morrises claim the defendant breached its warranties by allowing the defective components to be placed in Robert Morris' knee.
Smith & Nephew also failed to warn the Morrises regarding the risk of failure of knee components, according to the suit.
The couple is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. They are being represented by Damon L. Ellis.
The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge James C. Stucky.
Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-2001