More than 300,000 Americans undergo total hip replacement surgeries every year. In many cases, patients receive metal-on-metal hip implants to replace hips damaged by arthritis or injuries. Unlike hip replacement products that use ceramic or plastic components, metal-on-metal hip systems feature a ball, stem, and shell all constructed of metal materials.
Certain metal-on-metal hip replacements have been linked to severe medical conditions. If you or a loved one underwent hip replacement surgery and suffered from severe pain, necrosis, metal poisoning, or required corrective surgery, you may be eligible for compensation. Our Green Bay defective product lawyers are ready to help—call now or contact us online to get started.
How Can I Tell If My Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failed?
Metal-on-metal hip components rub against each other as the joint moves, which can lead to a condition called metallosis—or the buildup of tiny metal fragments in the body’s soft tissues.
Over time, metal fragments around the implant site can cause bone or tissue damage, often referred to as “adverse local tissue reaction” (ALTR) or “adverse reaction to medical debris” (ARMD). Symptoms of these conditions can include:
- Bone loss (osteolysis)
- Hip pain
- Swelling or inflammation around the implant site
- Fluid collection
- Rash or skin irritation
- Tissue death (necrosis)
- Loosening of the implant in the bone
- Higher-than-normal levels of metal (cadmium and/or chromium) in the blood
Notify your doctor or surgeon if you experience any of these symptoms, as they may indicate the need for corrective surgery.
Which Brands of Metal Hips Are Defective?
Most patients who have undergone a hip replacement surgery aren’t sure what hip replacement device they received. An experienced defective medical device lawyer at our firm can speak with your surgeon or review your medical records to help determine if you have rights to compensation.
Recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement models include:
- DePuy ASR™
Medical device manufacturer, DePuy, recalled its ASR™ Hip Resurfacing and XL Acetabular systems after a study from the National Joint Registry for England, Wales and Northern Ireland showed that many recipients required revision surgeries within five years of first receiving the devices.
- Stryker® Rejuvenate and ABG II Devices
Stryker® Orthopaedics issued a voluntary recall on certain metal-on-metal hip devices after reports of fretting and corrosion causing tissue death and metallosis.
What Type of Compensation am I Entitled To?
Victims of defective hip replacements can experience severe pain and even disability. Treating complications from a failed hip replacement can be expensive, especially when it requires corrective surgery. The time needed to recovery can leave victims unable to work for long periods of time. If you experienced complications after your hip replacement and required revision surgery, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages.
Victims of harmful medical products may also be entitled to compensation for the physical pain and emotional distress they suffered due to their medical device-related injuries.
When you contact Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers, we will work to determine how your injury has affected your life and review your medical records to determine how much money you may need for fair compensation. Contact our Fox Cities defective product attorneys today for a free consultation.
Can I Afford a Lawyer After My Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Injury?
Yes. When you hire a defective medical product attorney from Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers, you won’t have to worry about attorney’s fees or consultation costs. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing up front and won’t see a single bill from us unless we win your case.
Get Help with Your Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit
If you or a loved one received a defective hip replacement and suffered from severe pain, necrosis, metal poisoning, or required corrective surgery, contact our law firm. Our attorneys may be able to help you get compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. Your time to file a claim is limited. Call (920) 486-9726 now to get the help you deserve.
Stryker® is a registered trademark of Stryker Corporation, and is used here only for the purpose of identifying the product in question. ASR™ is a registered trademark of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., and is used here only for the purpose of identifying the product in question.
This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.; the National Joint Registry for England, Wales and Northern Ireland; or Stryker Orthopaedics, Inc.