Which Implants Cause Injury?
When first introduced, metal-on-metal hip replacement implants promised increased mobility for patients suffering from hip joint deterioration.
Unfortunately, numerous patients have experienced problems with the devices, leading to recalls and warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Some of the affected devices include implants manufactured by:
- DePuy Orthopaedics
- Zimmer Holdings
- Stryker Orthopaedics
Why Are Hip Replacement Lawsuits Being Filed?
All artificial hip implants carry a degree of risk, including the risk that the material used to make the implant will wear out and need to be replaced. Metal-on-metal implants were thought to be more durable, but instead have presented their own complications and side effects, including:
- Metal sensitivity: Some patients become sensitive to the metals, including particulate degree, used in making the implants. These issues can lead to immune reactions, dead tissue surrounding the implants and other health concerns.
- Metal toxicity: Some hip implants contain cobalt and chromium alloys, which can build up to toxic levels.
- Nerve palsy: While rare, some patients suffer injury of the sciatic and femoral nerves.
- Pain: Some patients develop chronic hip pain after receiving an implant.
- Premature wear: Some metal implants wear down prematurely, subjecting the patient to the pain and expense of a second surgery to replace the implant.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Hip Replacement Failure?
Keep note of the pain you may experience after your hip replacement and surgical recovery. If you notice regular or prolonged pain in your hip, swelling near the hip joint, a limp or a change in your ability to walk, contact your health care provider to see if your hip replacement requires care.
My Hip Feels Fine Now, But Might I Eventually Experience A Hip Replacement Failure?
Every case is different. It is up to your health care provider to give you a thorough analysis of your implant and explain how your body has reacted to it. You may feel more comfortable after consulting your doctor and having blood tests done to check for metals in your bloodstream. Be vigilant about your health, make note of your symptoms and contact your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms of hip replacement failure.
What Kinds Of Complications Do People Experience?
Hip replacement failures can lead to serious muscle and tissue damage that often requires additional costly revision surgeries to correct. These surgeries involve removing the defective metal implants and replacing them with new devices.
How Can Filing A Hip Replacement Lawsuit Help Me?
Reactions to metal hip replacements can lead to many problems such as chronic pain, continued costs of medical and surgical care, rehabilitative costs, diminished quality of life, the inability to work and more. These issues give rise to financial hardships for many individuals. A lawsuit may help you reclaim what you have lost through financial damages that address pain and suffering, lost income, lost wages and more.
How Long Do I Have To File A Hip Replacement Lawsuit?
Your injury claim is subject to a statute of limitations. Take action as soon as possible once you have been injured or recognize the injury may be associated with your hip replacement. It can take time to prepare a thorough and effective claim, so do not wait until the last minute to contact an attorney.
Attorney Robert J. Binstock has more than 30 years of experience handling complex personal injury litigation. He served as chair for the American Association of Justice's Zimmer Hip Implant Litigation Group.
If you have hip pain or other health problems after receiving a metal-on-metal implant, call the attorneys at Reich & Binstock at 713-352-7883 or 877-643-3099 toll free, or fill out our online form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses.