Defective hip implant? You may have grounds for a hip replacement lawsuit.

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Defective Hip Implant?

Find out if a hip replacement lawsuit right for you.

McDonald Law Firm has represented hundreds of clients who received a metal-on-metal hip implant. If you received a metal-on-metal hip implant, you may be at risk for severe injury and even permanent disability.

If you or a loved one received a metal-on-metal device, or suspect that you have received one, you may have ground for a hip replacement lawsuit. We’ll handle your case on a contingency basis, which means you never owe our firm any out-of-pocket fees or expenses. We only get paid if we win compensation for you ― either through settlement or a trial.

Product manufacturers that have been subject to litigation include:

DePuy

  • ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement Systems – Recalled August 2010
  • ASR Hip Resurfacing System – Recalled August 2010
  • AML
  • Pinnacle
  • Prodigy
  • S-ROM
  • Marathon

Stryker

  • Rejuvenate & ABG II – Recalled June 2012

Biomet

  • M2a
  • Mallory-Head
  • Taperloc

Smith & Nephew

  • R3 Acetabular System Recall – Recalled June 2012
  • SMF & Modular Redapt – Recalled November 2016

Wright Medical

  • Conserve Plus Total Resurfacing Hip System
  • Profemur Z Hip Stem

Zimmer

  • Durom Cup

Symptoms of Hip Implant Failure and Metallosis

Many patients were implanted with poorly designed prosthetic hips and have warning signs that their artificial hip is defective. If you are one of the many recipients of a recalled hip replacement, be aware of the following symptoms to help detect when your hip may be failing.

Muscle Fatigue, Inflammation, and Swelling

The initial symptoms of hip implant failure vary from case to case. However, there are some key points that signal the need for medical observation. Muscle fatigue, inflammation, and swelling in the area of the implanted hip are clear indicators of an increasing problem. As the symptoms intensify, the pain can spread throughout the body and may cause debilitating back soreness that could even prevent you from sleeping.

Impaired Movement

In addition to causing swelling, the metal socket within the implant may begin to move and cause a feeling of displacement. This can be in combination with shin splints and knee aches. As a result, you may experience difficulty walking, rising from a seated position, or bearing weight on the impaired hip.

Metallosis

One serious potential complication from metal-on-metal implants is metallosis. As the metal surfaces rub together, chromium and cobalt ions may be released, infecting the blood stream, and eventually embedding themselves into the soft tissue surrounding the implant. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to, pain, neuropathy, gastrointestinal problems, tissue and muscle necrosis.

Bone Loss (Resorption)

As inflammation continues to increase, it may also strip away the bone matter anchoring the implant. This symptom is referred to as bone resorption. Bone cells react negatively to destroy structural elements of the bone and release calcium. This weakens the bone and creates movement instability.

Tumors

Inflammation from the metallic ions may also produce tumors around the infected hip. These tumors usually vary in shape and size. X-rays by an orthopedic specialist will reveal the depth of the tumor and if there are any others concealed in the soft tissue of the hip.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it is important that you consult with your physician.

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The FDA has classified Metal-on-metal hip systems Class III devices.

Class III devices are generally the highest risk devices and are therefore subject to the highest level of regulatory control. These devices must typically be approved by FDA before they are marketed.

FDA Activities:

May 2011 – FDA instructs manufacturers of metal-on-metal total hip replacement systems to conduct post-market surveillance studies.

June 2012 – FDA’s Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel finds little evidence supporting the continued use of metal on metal hip implant use.

January 2013 – FDA issues a proposed order requiring manufacturers of metal-on-metal total hip replacement systems to submit premarket approval (PMA) applications. Metal-on-metal total hip replacement systems were evaluated under the 510(k) premarket notification program.

January 2013 – FDA issues safety communication which concludes that “metal-on-metal hip implants have unique risks in addition to the general risks of all hip implants.”

FDA Recommendations for Patients with Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants:

  • If you are not having any symptoms and your orthopaedic surgeon believes your implant is functioning appropriately, you should continue to routinely follow-up with the surgeon every 1 to 2 years.
  • If you develop new or worsening problems such as pain, swelling, numbness, noise (popping, grinding, clicking or squeaking of your hip), and/or change in your ability to walk, contact your orthopaedic surgeon right away.
  • If you experience changes in your general health, including new or worsening symptoms outside your hip, let your physician know you have a metal-on-metal hip implant.

Additional information for patients with a metal-on-metal hip can be found in Patients who have a Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant.

Infographic: 2010 DePuy Hip Implant Recall: What Happened and Why - McDonaldLawFirm.com

Free, Confidential Case Review:
877-568-8354

Contact McDonald Law Firm for a free, no-obligation case review to assess your situation and review your legal options. Whether over the phone or in person, we are here to answer your questions and explain the process. Call us today at 877-803-2897.

How can we help?

If you or a loved one received a metal-on-metal hip implant, including the DePuy ASR or Pinnacle hip implant, you may qualify to file a hip replacement lawsuit and seek compensation for the costs of additional surgeries and related medical care, physical incapacity, disfigurement, pain, suffering, and mental anguish. We will help you determine whether you received a metal-on-metal hip implant and if so, advise you of your legal rights to potentially receive fair compensation.

We know how to fight Big Pharma and win.

McDonald Law Firm has taken on some of the world’s largest drug and medical device manufacturers. We’ve successfully represented thousands of clients who have been injured by defective medical devices and dangerous drugs, including hip implants, transvaginal mesh, silicone gel breast implants, Fen/phen, Baycol and Vioxx.

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