If you or someone you love has experienced complications, revision surgeries, or difficulties after receiving a hip replacement, you may be eligible to participate in a current hip replacement lawsuit against the manufacturers.
In the past decade, several noted hip replacement manufacturers, including Stryker, Wright, and Depuy, have come under intense scrutiny for malfunctioning hip replacement devices. In particular, metal-on-metal hip replacement devices have caused grave complications in thousands of patients throughout the US. Metal-on-metal hip replacement devices comprise a metal femural ball and a metal stem. Unlike ceramic hip replacement devices or plastic devices, the metal-on-metal hip replacement devices pose increased risks to the patient, some potentially fatal. Common complications alleged in many a hip replacement lawsuit includes:
- Metallosis or metal poisoning
- Tissue damage
- Muscular damage
- Need for revision surgery
- Heart problems
- Neurological issues
- Bone damage or fracture
- Nerve damage
- Loss of appetite
- Breathing difficulties
- Blood clots
- Clotting throughout vital organs
- Tissue necrosis
While revision surgery – a surgery that amends or replaces a faulty hip replacement – may be needed within a decade of an initial hip replacement surgery, patients with the metal-on-metal hip replacement surgeries have needed revision surgery in as little as six months after the operation. Both the British Journal of Medicine and the Canadian Medical Journal published studies warning physicians of the grave complications associated with such devices. The FDA also issued a recall of such devices and some companies, such as Stryker, released a voluntary recall of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.
Attorneys filing this large hip replacement lawsuit assert that metal-on-metal devices were not subjected to clinical trials or tests because the devices acquired FDA approval through an expedited process. This process ensures that substances, procedures, or devices are released onto the market without clinical tests, provided a substance, procedure, or device of substantively similar quality be already available. This created a massive window for metal-on-metal hip replacements to reach consumers without any testing. Since their release, over twenty-one companies have been subject to a collective hip replacement lawsuit due to significant complications. Since 2012, thousands lawsuits have reached the federal level. As of July 2012, they will be litigated in federal court as one large hip replacement lawsuit and, according to some legal experts, could present the largest civil suit in US history.
If you or your loved one has experienced complications due to your hip replacement device, first, obtain medical care. Ensure that all medical records are accessible and keep your own thorough records of difficulties, complications, or related issues associated with your hip replacement. Second, contact our attorneys for a free, thorough, and confidential evaluation of your case. Our attorneys are compassionate and seasoned litigators. We bring decades of legal experience to your case and a determination to find the best solution for each client’s particular needs and circumstances. We have won significant settlements on behalf of our clients and are adept at negotiating a just and satisfying resolution. Our attorneys have adroit litigators and have brought challenging cases to trial. We will help you navigate complex litigation and bring empathetic, individualized attention to each client. Please contact us as soon as you are able if you believe you may be eligible to participate in this suit. We will pursue compensation for all eligible participants for wages lost, medical bills, pain, suffering, and much more. In some states, a statute of limitations for lawsuits applies. This means that, though you may be eligible, you will not be eligible, under the law, to pursue legal action. To protect your claim for a settlement, please contact us today.