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Hip replacement, or arthroplasty, isn’t a new procedure. For the past 100 years surgeons have been helping people deal with injuries and arthritis through this method of invasive treatment. While often the results of the surgery are successful, sometimes faulty design, instructions and negligent advertising create a dangerous situation for patients. These are the circumstances we face with the Biomet hip implant.

Publication from Orthopedics This Week

In 2014, the publication Orthopedics This Week reported that close to 900 cases had been filed against Biomet’s hip M2a Magnum due to alleged injury. In spite of these lawsuits, Biomet insists that the injuries were not a result of their hip implants, but they nevertheless put $56 million into a class action settlement. They also put $50 million into an escrow account and put aside $6 million for an attorney fee fund. Their agreement includes all pending and future federally filed lawsuits on or prior to April 15, 2014. According to the details of their global settlement, the base reward for compensation for injured parties is $200,000.

2010 DePuy Hip Recall

In 2010 DePuy conducted an official implant recall. Common symptoms experienced by victims include pain, swelling, inflexibility, tissue damage and necrosis. Roughly 400 complaints about DePuy hip replacement failures were received by the FDA between 2008 and 2010. The Lancet, a UK medical journal, did a study showing that while normal hip replacements should last at least 15 years, one in eight patients who received an ASR XL Acetabular hip had to have it replaced in just five years. By 2009 DePuy had phased out its hip replacements, never admitting to safety problems. Yet during suits against the company, it was shown that they were aware of their units’ premature failure as much as a year before the recall.

Stryker & Hip Implant Recalls

Introduced in 2009, the Stryker rejuvenate hip implant features a ceramic ball and plastic cup to replicate the movement of the the femoral head and acetabulum. Because two of the pieces are metal on metal, fretting and corrosion eventually led to problems in the tissues surrounding the implant. This resulted in patients having high amounts of cobalt and chromium in their blood and tissue. Ultimately, this leads to destroyed cells and bones, severe pain, bone loss, inflammation, pain, loss of mobility, swelling around the implant site and more.

The company voluntarily recalled both product lines in 2012 in an effort to mitigate the mounting effect their failures were having on its corporate health, but by that time, thousands of patients had already begun the process of filing suit in order to secure fair compensation for the damage done. Plaintiffs across the country have been asserting that Stryker did not perform adequate and thorough testing of the implants prior to bringing them to market, that the company engaged in misleading and untrue marketing about the quality of their products, that they failed to warn patients of known risks including device fragmentation and metal poisoning and breached implied and express warranties.

Given the high volume of patients initiating lawsuits against the device maker, in the latter portion of 2014, Stryker signed onto a settlement proposal which would require the company to pay no less than $1.43 billion to those harmed by these hip implant components—with payment starting at roughly $300,000 per hip. However, that dollar figure was expressly not subjected to an upper cap and is almost certain to increase once additional pending claims move closer to resolution.

Wright & The FDA Warnings

In 2012, the Wright CONSERVE hip replacement systems received an FDA warning regarding components causing:

  • Groin, hip or leg pain
  • Limping or decline in walking ability
  • Swollen hip joints
  • Metallosis caused by an excess of metal particles entering the bloodstream

The Biomet hip replacement systems also received FDA attention regarding its metal components causing:

  • Metal fragments breaking off and entering the bloodstream
  • Metal fragments interacting with human tissue and causing death in tissue cells
  • Metallosis caused by an excess of metal particles entering the bloodstream

Zimmer Durom Cup Concerns

Estimates indicate that at least 20 to 30 percent of all patients who have received this device as part of a hip replacement have experienced failure in one of two ways. Either:

  1. The all-metal device slips and resists bone growth or
  2. Metal-on-metal wear between device components releases shavings into surround blood and tissue and causes elevated blood levels of cobalt and chromium, leading to an inflammatory reaction

Hip Replacement Lawyer Referral

The Biomet implant is unlike many others because it is a metal-on-metal design. Makers of Biomet had hoped that the metal-on-metal design would be more durable than traditional plastic designs, but instead the implants are failing resulting in dangerous health problems such as metallosis.

If you or a loved one received a Biomet hip implant, it’s important that you find out if you’re eligible to receive compensation. Even if you haven’t yet suffered from the effects of metallosis, you still may be entitled to damages and funding for a second, corrective surgery. At Pravati Legal Networks, we can match you to a hip implant lawyer who understands the intricacies of this type of product liability suit. Our hip implant lawyers have the experience to effectively fight your case and help you get the full amount of damages you’re entitled to. They’re so dedicated to helping you win that they work with no upfront fee or retainer. Instead, our hip implant lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, therefore only getting paid when you do.

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SIDE EFFECTS CAUSED BY HIP REPLACEMENTS

  • Metal poisoning
  • Tumors around the site of the implants
  • Trouble walking
  • Swelling at the site of the implant
  • Inflammation at the site of the implant
  • Prolonged pain
  • Degenerative heart disease

 

If you believe that you are experiencing side effects from a hip replacement, see your doctor for diagnosis.

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