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Have you developed complications such as severe pain, bone damage, inflammation or metal poisoning following a hip replacement surgery?
If so, you may be entitled to compensation.
Many hip replacement patients are currently involved in lawsuits with Hip Replacement Manufacturers following their surgeries claiming they have received faulty devices. The plaintiffs in these cases claim the companies made defective replacement hips and did not adequately warn the public of potential risks. Thousands of victims have filed lawsuits against manufacturers like DePuy and Stryker to receive compensation for damages.
Our experienced attorneys are looking for patients who suffered complications after hip replacement surgery. Contact us today to receive a free consultation by completing the form on this website. Our lawyers will review your claim and contact your regarding your potential hip replacement lawsuit.
Background of Hip Replacement Lawsuits
In the United States alone, more than 2.5 million people are living with an artificial hip. The incidence of hip replacement surgery has risen substantially since 2000, especially in young adults. While the procedure is common and an easy way to improve the quality of life in patients, faulty devices may be leading to complications among those who received metal-on-metal implants.
Metal-on-metal devices feature ball and socket components comprised solely of metal. Compared to other hip implants, metal-on-metal devices were thought to boast better durability against regular wear and are less likely to dislocate.
Yet, over the last several years, manufacturers have issued safety alerts and recalls for hip implants. In November 2007, for example, the FDA issued a warning to Stryker about hip implants that did not fit properly. Despite receiving complaints since 2005, Stryker did not rectify the problem that led to pain and squeaking noises around implants.
In light of mounting evidence that faulty hip replacement devices are causing complications, thousands of people have come forward to sue the manufacturers for failing to warn the public of risks and selling defective devices.
Dangers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices
The rise of lawsuits against hip replacement manufacturers is directly related to poorly designed devices and manufacturing problems.
According to a 2016 study in BMJ, metal hip replacements implanted since 2006 have an “unacceptably high” revision rate. This means many patients required follow-up or revision surgery. In a look at patients with the DePuy Pinnacle device, researchers found a taper surface defect in more than 40% of cases.
Along with high rates of revision surgeries, metal-on-metal devices have been known to cause deterioration around the joint due to loose metal particles. The loose particles can then lead to metal poisoning and adverse reactions. Here is what the FDA warns:
“Metal ions from a metal-on-metal implant will enter the bloodstream. There are case reports in which patients with metal-on-metal hip implants may have developed an adverse reaction to these metal ions and experienced medical problems that could have been related to their implants.”
It’s clear across manufacturers that metal-on-metal hip replacements have the potential to cause severe damage in patients.
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Common Injuries in Hip Replacement Lawsuits
Even though there’s a risk of complications in any hip replacement surgery, thousands of people have come forward claiming they received defective products that were detrimental to their health or required more surgery.
Lawsuits against the manufacturers point to injuries and unexpected side effects that range from decreased mobility to metal poisoning. Here is a list of injuries people may have experienced from faulty devices or metal-on-metal implants:
- Pain in the groin or hip
- Swelling or inflammation near joint
- Loosening of the implant device
- Metal poisoning from cobalt and chromium particles
- Difficulty walking or standing
- Bone damage
- Noise in the joints (popping, grinding, and squeaking)
Why Manufacturers May Be Liable
Under product liability laws, manufacturers of hip replacement devices can be held accountable for producing defective devices. It is the responsibility of the manufacturers to ensure all parts fit and function properly. If the manufacturers fail to perform this duty to the public, they can be made to compensate victims for their negligence.
Hip Replacement Lawsuit Verdicts
Several verdicts have already been awarded against the makers of hip replacement devices:
In November 2013, Johnson & Johnson, which owns DePuy Orthopaedics, paid $2.5 billion to settle claims that its ASR implants were defective and caused metal poisoning. In 2015, the pharmaceutical company paid an extra $420 million to resolve additional lawsuits related to ASR devices.
In early 2014, Biomet paid at least $56 million to settle a lawsuit involving a defective medical device called M2a Magnum. Despite the loss, Biomet claimed that the injuries and damages were not due to its hip implants.
In November 2014, Stryker paid $300,000 to each plaintiff for its Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants that required revision surgery. They paid this to roughly 3,000 patients who filed suits against the company.
Why You Should File a Hip Replacement Lawsuit
Monetary compensation cannot give you back the countless hours of pain and emotional suffering caused by unexpected complications in hip replacement surgery. It can, however, help alleviate the suffering and difficulties faced due to the manufacturer’s negligence.
Injuries from defective devices frequently require additional trips to the doctor, tests, and hospitalization. These medical bills can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Injuries may also result in loss of income. Receiving financial restitution for your pain and suffering is a small step toward getting your life back on track.
Hip Replacement Implants Involved in Lawsuits
Metal-on-metal implants have caused complications in countless cases. Here is a list of just some of the implants involved in lawsuits.
- M2a Magnum Hip System
- ASR XL Acetabular Hip System
- ASK Hip Resurfacing System
- Pinnacle metal-on-metal implants
Smith & Nephew
- Emperion Hip System
- Birmingham Hip System
- ABG II Modular necks
Wright Medical Technology
- Conserve Hip Implant System
- Profemur Hip Stem
- Durom Cup
Contact Our Hip Replacement Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one experienced serious complications as a result of a defective hip implant device, you might be entitled to compensation for medical bills and emotional damage. Contact our hip replacement lawyers today by completing the web form for your free case evaluation. Let our lawyers fight for what you deserve.
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