The first lawsuit against the Apex ARC from Omnilife Science, Inc. has been filed in Massachusetts by a Florida woman, but attorneys believe that Alabama Apex ARC Hip Replacement System lawsuits could be possible if any Alabama residents have dealt with injury due to this hip implant. If you or someone you love has had one of these devices surgically implanted, consider contacting Attorney Group for Alabama, for important information concerning potential lawsuits.
Lawsuits Concerning Hip Implants
Several manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip-replacement systems came under the scrutiny of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after receiving numerous complaints and after thousands of lawsuits were filed in states throughout the country.
DePuy has reportedly agreed to a settlement that forces it to pay $2.5 billion to nearly 7,500 patients who received its ASR hip implants. Another 8,000 lawsuits concerning the company’s ASR and Pinnacle implants are still pending.
More than 1,100 lawsuits in New Jersey and Minnesota have been filed against Stryker Orthopaedics since 2012, and the company subsequently issued a voluntary recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II implants to prevent further lawsuits, which could cost the company up to $1.3 billion.
Reasons for an Alabama Apex ARC Hip Replacement System Lawsuit
The Apex ARC is being marketed as an unconventionally designed implant that does not have the flaws of other metal-on-metal systems. The company says that it is ideal for younger patients who are more active, and it only requires minimally invasive surgery to implant.
The Omnilife Science website states that the Apex ARC has a unique shape even though some say photos and diagrams appear to be identical to those of the Stryker Rejuvenate, which has already been recalled.
Massachusetts Apex ARC Lawsuit
The lawsuit filed in Suffolk County Superior Court states that the plaintiff had the Apex ARC implanted in February 2012, and only one year afterward, began to experience increasing levels of pain.
While conducting routine tests, the plaintiff’s doctor found a large mass, which was discovered to be a necrotic pseudotumor. The doctor also found high levels of several metals, including cobalt, chromium and titanium, in her bloodstream and corrosion of the taper junction of the Apex ARC.
The patient had to undergo a hip revision, a sciatic nerve neurolysis and debulking of the chronically inflamed pseudotumor to correct the condition, and it is uncertain whether further complications will continue.
Help for an Alabama Apex ARC Hip Replacement System Lawsuit
If you or someone you love received an Apex ARC hip implant and later suffered injury or had to undergo a revision surgery, contact Attorney Group for Alabama today. We want to help you understand your options, and connect you with an affiliated local attorney who can assist you in filing a lawsuit. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation consultation.