It can be a challenge to live with debilitating hip pain, which is why many sufferers turn to hip replacement surgery. Medical professionals use this procedure to remove damaged bone and tissue from the body and replace it with artificial joints, and while many who have had a hip replacement go on to recover full mobility without any problems, there are times when complications arise. An Arkansas Zimmer Kinectiv lawsuit may be an option for patients who have suffered complications after having a hip implant procedure.
If you have question about your Zimmer hip replacement, or if you are suffering injuries from your metal on metal hip replacement, contact Attorney Group for Arkansas today. We provide free, confidential, no-obligation consultations, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated Zimmer hip attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process. The time to pursue a claim is limited, so contact us today.
The Benefits Of Hip Replacement Surgery
When the tissues and bones in the hip joint become worn down or damaged, it can make everyday tasks very painful. The loss of mobility can be a challenge for those suffering from severe hip pain, which may lead them to seek the care of a medical professional. Hip replacement surgery is a procedure in which the damaged bone and tissues are cut out and removed from the body. After removal, the joint is replaced with artificial metal, plastic or ceramic components that are designed to move and function in the same way as a natural joint.
There are several medical situations in which a hip replacement surgery may be the best option for patients, including:
- Osteoarthritis – the breakdown of cartilage in the joint, causing the bones to rub together and create severe chronic pain and decreased mobility.
- Rheumatoid arthritis – an autoimmune disease that causes the inflammation of the synovial membrane, resulting in damaged cartilage.
- Traumatic arthritis – the result of a hip injury, which causes the damage of articular cartilage over time.
- Avascular necrosis – a degenerative disease in which the femoral head loses blood supply and dies.
- Hip fractures – an injury that can lead to degeneration of the joint even after many years.
A successful hip replacement surgery can have many benefits, including the reduction of pain, restored mobility and an improvement in the quality of a patient’s life.
FDA Recall Of Zimmer Kinectiv M/L Taper
As with many medical procedures, hip replacements have certain risks. In general, metal hip implants have inherent risks caused by the rubbing together of the ball and cup during regular movement. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this can cause the release of metal particles into the bloodstream, as well as the increased wear and tear of the joint, which could result in the need for revision surgery.
In June 2015, the FDA issued a recall of all Zimmer M/L Taper Prostheses with Kinectiv Technology Femoral Stems and Necks that were manufactured or distributed between March 31 and April 20 2015. The recall notes that the devices were found to have manufacturing residues on them, which could cause serious complications in those patients who had them implanted during surgery. According to the FDA, the residues have the potential to cause allergic reactions, infections, pain or even death, and any patients with the effected devices may need to undergo a revision surgery to remove the tainted products to prevent further medical problems.
How Can An Arkansas Zimmer Kinectiv Lawsuit Help?
Device makers have a duty to design and produce safe products, and to warn of possible risks associated with their products. Failure to fulfill that duty can result in injuries to patients, and the device maker being held liable for those injuries.
Patients who are injured by metal-on-metal hip replacements may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from injuries. Compensation can be based on factors including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from an injury
- Loss of income or ability to work due to loss of mobility
If a loved one dies after complications from a metal-on-metal hip implant, family members may be able to pursue claims for wrongful death damages, including:
- Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
- Loss of financial support
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish resulting from the loss of a loved one
Affected patients and their families are encouraged to seek the advice of an Arkansas Zimmer Kinectiv lawsuit attorney to discuss their legal rights and options for compensation.
Contact Us For More Information
If you have been injured by a metal-on-metal hip replacement, or for more information about an Arkansas Zimmer Kinectiv lawsuit, contact Attorney Group for Arkansas. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at [email protected].
When you contact us, an attorney will follow up with you to speak with you about your case or answer questions that you might have. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.
Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.
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