Hip replacement lawsuits are among the most pervasive in the history of medical device litigation in America. The first total hip replacement is credited to Philip Wiles, who used a steel joint attached to bone bolts and screws in 1948. The hardware tended to loosen over time, and concerns of metal poisoning were evident by the 1970s when metal-on-polyethylene and ceramic-on-ceramic implants were introduced. Even with these new advancements, surgeons expressed concerns about bone tissue-destroying debris and device fractures.
While modern hip replacement marketers continue to assure us of their safety, effectiveness, and widespread popularity for patients of all ages and conditions, the truth remains: Over 300,000 hip implants are done every year, and many of these replacements will result in pain, complications, and the need for revision surgery.
Patients are mobilizing to hold medical device manufacturers accountable for putting financial gain ahead of safety. Thousands of cases have settled, but many lawsuits are still underway, and others continue to be filed. Contact Louisiana’s Bart Bernard, “Your Personal Injury Lawyer™”, for a free consultation to learn more about the current status of hip replacement lawsuits and your options for receiving compensation for your injuries.
The type of complication you have depends upon what materials were used in manufacturing your particular implant. Metal on metal hip implants are associated with poisoning injuries. An estimated one in 12 recipients of metal-on-metal devices will require corrective surgery within five years. The exact cause of complications is debated in the medical community, but the leading theory is that constant abrasion of the metal components causes cobalt-chromium particles to rub off and build up in the patient’s blood.
This toxicity leads to severe complications such as:
Metallosis can also trigger widespread immune system problems like:
Hip replacement devices made of other materials have been associated with other complications, such as:
Some complications (like blood clots or infections) occur right away after surgery, while others (like joint loosening or fractures) up to 10 years later. While the overall mortality rate for hip replacement surgery is low (0.25%), complications often lead to the need for revision surgery, which is almost four times as risky for younger patients (0.7% mortality rate) and even more dangerous for the elderly.
Bart Bernard personal injury attorneys are reviewing new claims for the following products:
DePuy Hip Replacement
Stryker Hip Replacement
Wright Hip Replacement
Zimmer Hip Replacement
While these are the main products under consideration in lawsuits, you may have another type whose problems have yet to be publicized. It is always best to contact an experienced medical device lawyer for a free case review to begin investigating the potential for a claim.
Visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration medical device recall database to find out if your implant has been included in a recent hip replacement recall. Over the years, products from DePuy Orthopaedics, Wright Medical, Stryker Corporation, and Smith & Nephew have all initiated recalls. Manufacturers may initiate a recall due to defective design, a defect in the manufacturing process, a slew of adverse event reports, or an uncovered risk of death.
Recalls may be categorized as a Class 1 (reasonable probability of serious adverse health consequences or death), Class 2 (could cause temporary or reversible adverse health consequences), or Class 3 (not likely to cause adverse health effects).
Most hip replacement lawsuits have been consolidated under multidistrict litigation (MDL), a procedure designed to reduce duplication of effort and increase case administration efficiency. You can visit the Judicial Panel of Multidistrict Litigation website to view a list of pending dockets. Here are some of the recent MDLs:
MDL 2391 (Northern District of Indiana) Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implants
MDL 2244 (Northern District of Texas) DePuy Orthopaedics, a Division of Johnson & Johnson
MDL 2197 (Northern District of Ohio) DePuy Orthopaedics ASR and XL Acetabular Hip Systems
MDL 2775 (District of Maryland) Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Implants
MDL 2158 (District of New Jersey) Zimmer Durom Cup
MDL 2768 (District of Massachusetts) Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head
MDL 2441 (District of Minnesota) Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Replacement Components
MDL 2329 (Northern District of Georgia) Wright Medical Conserve Hip Implants
In order to receive damages in a hip replacement lawsuit, you must have suffered some type of loss, such as increased medical and surgery costs, lost wages, or a tremendous amount of pain and suffering. If you or a loved one have been adversely affected by a hip implant, it’s time to review your legal rights. You’re Smart. Get Bart.™ The Louisiana law firm of Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers has a proven track record of medical device victories. We provide all clients with free consultations and contingency-based representation, so you never have to worry about paying upfront to pursue litigation. In fact, you pay us nothing unless we win money on your behalf! Call any time 24/7 to schedule a claim review.