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Hip Implant Lawsuits and Recalls

Hip implants have provided relief from pain and suffering, as well as greater mobility for tens of thousands of patients in the US, and millions around the world. However, not all implants are created equal, and despite the federal government’s vetting process, defective designs slip through. These can cause patients a great deal of pain and anguish.

The Need for Hip Implants

Bone loss, arthritis and other deterioration can strike people of all ages, although this condition is more prevalent with older individuals. Hip revision or replacement surgery is necessary to combat bone loss and deterioration. In this process, an artificial hip joint is installed. It’s one of the most common types of surgery in the US, and most patients go on to live happy, healthy lives with improved mobility and less pain. However, that’s not always the case. Some patients experience increased pain and reduced mobility over time, through no fault of their own. In these instances, a defective hip implant may be the problem.

Metal on Metal Hip Implant Lawsuit

To date, many metal on metal hip implant manufacturers have agreed to pay out damages to patients who’ve suffered pain and anguish from defective products. Patients who have had a defective metal on metal hip implant removed, or who still have one of these implants installed, may be entitled to substantial damages. We have extensive experience representing clients in your position, as well as with navigating the sometimes murky legal waters surrounding defective medical devices and implant recalls. Call us today to determine if you qualify for a settlement.

Dubbed “MoM implants”, metal on metal implants were once considered state of the art, and far superior to previous designs. They were supposed to be much more durable, with a much greater lifespan. That was good news for patients who wanted to extend the time between initial installation and replacement by as much as possible. However, time has proven these claims false.

Metal on metal hip implants can actually fail more quickly than other designs, leaving patients with limited mobility and in great pain. In addition, as these implants deteriorate, there’s the potential for fine metal shavings to be released into the body. Shavings and dust can collect in surrounding tissues, leading to a host of dangerous complications, including:

  • Metal in the blood
  • Cobalt poisoning
  • Pain in the groin
  • Breakdown of muscle tissue
  • Breakdown of tendons
  • Breakdown of soft tissue
  • Metallosis
  • Bone loss

Companies Manufacturing Defective Metal on Metal Hip Implants

Metal on metal hip implants were manufactured by a number of different companies, all of which may have defects. The list of manufacturers includes the following:

  • DePuy
  • Stryker
  • Wright
  • Zimmer
  • Encore

However, there are also other brands that may have defective implants. Moreover, not all implants manufactured by these companies are defective or qualify for a settlement. To determine whether or not your implant or that of a loved one qualifies, it’s necessary to determine the make and model number of the implant in question.

If you or a loved one is suffering from pain or medical complications after a hip replacement surgery, the cause may be a defective metal on metal hip implant. We invite you to call us today for a free consultation on your situation, and to determine whether you or your loved one qualifies for a settlement.