Mizzou BioJoint cases consolidated after 4 additional patients file lawsuit

Practice Management

A circuit judge recently ruled that cases against the Mizzou BioJoint procedure will be consolidated into one lawsuit, Chillicothe News reports. 

An increasing number of former patients are filing medical malpractice lawsuits against University of Missouri Health Care's Mizzou BioJoint Center in Columbia, alleging the procedures they received at the facility failed.

The patients allege medical malpractice and negligence by Missouri Orthopaedic Institute director of operations and research James Cook, PhD, and medical director James Stannard, MD. 

The 12th case against the center was filed May 22 on behalf of four patients, bringing the total number of patients to 21, according to the Missourian.

A motion to consolidate the lawsuits was granted May 26, which will expedite claims and reduce litigation costs.

Mizzou BioJoint Center's surgery to treat knee osteoarthritis — called osteochondral allograft — replaces damaged parts of the knee with bone and cartilage from deceased organ donors, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune. The procedure aims to offer an alternative to total knee replacement.

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