Those who have received a metal on metal hip implant may wish to learn more about their options if they are currently experiencing complications and believe that their condition is the result of the device. Please contact Attorney Group for Arkansas today for more information and consult our frequently asked questions below for some of the most common concerns.
1. Are metal on metal hip implants safe?
While many metal on metal hip implant recipients have reported increased mobility and decreased pain, thousands of people have reportedly suffered from serious and adverse complications such as early device failure and metallosis due to the apparent design and materials in the implants.
2. What are some of the commonly reported complications?
Some of the most common complications associated with metal on metal hip implants include metal poisoning, which occurs when the friction of the components causes metal to be released into the bloodstream, and early device failure, which can ultimately lead torevision surgeriesthat may be more painful and not guaranteed to correct the problems.
3. How do I know if the symptoms I am experiencing are caused by the implant?
Thesymptoms listed herecould be indicative of a defect in your all-metal hip implant: skin conditions, implant fracture, tumors at the implantation site, numbness in the legs or hips, swelling around the hip, hip pain, loosening of the hip joint, chronic fatigue, and flu-like symptoms. Consult with your physician if you believe that you are experiencing complications due to the device. If it is determined it is due to a defective hip implant, contact Attorney Group for Arkansas to discuss your options.
4. Have any metal on metal hip implants been recalled?
Several devices have been pulled from the market, including theBiomet M2a Magnum,DePuy Orthopaedic’s ASR Hip Systemsand the cup in thePinnacle System,Smith & Nephew’s R3 Acetabular System, and Stryker Orthopaedic’s Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems.
5. Are there any lawsuits? Who are the defendants? Will I be suing my doctor?
There are several lawsuits and multidistrict litigations underway in the U.S. filed on behalf of plaintiffs who were fitted with one of the affected of all-metal devices. Since these are not medical malpractice cases, you will not be suing your doctor. Instead, the manufacturers of the devices have been named as defendants, including Biomet,Smith & Nephew,Stryker Orthopaedics,DePuy Orthopaedics, Biomet, Zimmer Holdings, and Wright Medical Technology.
6. I’m not sure if my implant was recalled. How can I tell?
First, try contacting your surgeon to see if he or she can provide you with the name and model of the implant that you received. If you are unable to reach him or her, you are entitled to receive a copy of the hospital’s operative report that will list the type of implant with which you were fitted.
7. What do I do next?
First, consult with your medical provider to determine the extent of your condition. After you have received the appropriate medical care, consider seeking legal counsel from an experienced attorney who can help you file a lawsuit and seek compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and any other damages to which you may be entitled.
Do You Have a Case Involving a Metal on Metal Hip Implant in Arkansas? Contact Us Today
If you or someone you love would like to learn more about pursuing a claim for compensation due to a metal on metal hip implant that you believe was defective, contact Attorney Group for Arkansas today. We can address your concerns and put you in touch with one of our affiliated attorneys who can help you seek damages to which you may be entitled. The time to file a lawsuit is limited, so call today.