Emperion Metal Hip Replacement: Recall and Lawsuits Possible?

In light of numerous issues with metal hip replacements in recent years, defective medical device lawyers note the potential an Emperion metal hip recall as the Smith & Nephew femoral stem prosthesis has been shown in at least one study to have a higher than anticipated rate of revision. It is unclear at this time whether this will lead to an Emperion hip replacement lawsuit.

Nevertheless, if you or someone you love are experiencing issues with your Emperion metal hip replacement and would like more information about a potential recall or lawsuit, contact Attorney Group for more information. We offer free, no obligation consultations. We can help answer your questions, and if you have a case we can connect you with an affiliated hip replacement lawsuit attorney who can assist you through the legal process.

Important: The time you have to pursue a claim is limited. Contact us for more information.

What is the Emperion Metal Hip Replacement?

Sold by medical device maker Smith & Nephew, the Emperion Modular Hip System is promoted as “the next step in hip evolution: a simple yet versatile hip system that delivers enhanced performance.” The device is indicated for individuals needing an initial or revision hip replacement surgery and for whom other treatments or devices have not worked. It is also promoted for use in patients with inflammatory degenerative joint disease.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Emperion metal hip replacement for use in 2004.

Study: Higher Than Anticipated Revision Rate

In September 2014, the Australian Orthopaedic Association’s National Joint Replacement Registry (AOANJRR) published the results of a study of the Emperion Femoral Stem Prosthesis that identified the device as having a “significantly higher revision rate” than other total conventional hip prostheses to which the device was compared.

According to AOANJRR, its purpose is

[T]o define, improve and maintain the quality of care of individuals receiving joint replacement surgery.  It achieves this by collecting a defined minimum data set that enables outcomes to be determined on the basis of patient characteristics, prosthesis type and features, method of prosthesis fixation and surgical technique used.

As of August 2015, the FDA has not issued an advisory on the device, nor has there been an Emperion metal hip recall, but other similar issues with metal on metal hip systems suggests that an Emperion hip replacement lawsuit is a distinct possibility. Hip replacement lawsuit attorneys will continue to monitor the device and any lawsuits that may be filed.

Injured Patients May Be Entitled to Compensation

Medical device makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their devices, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a device maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable for injuries that may result.

Patients who are injured by a defective medical device may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • The permanency of the injury
  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
  • Loss of income or ability to work

If a patient dies from complications related to a defective medical device, family members may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:

  • Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a loved one
  • Funeral expenses

Patients who have suffered severe complications from an Emperion Hip Replacement, as well as the families of those who may have died as a result of complications with the device, are encouraged to seek the advice of a hip replacement lawyer to learn more about their rights and remedies.

Contact Us For More Information

If you or a loved one suffered complications from an Emperion metal hip replacement, contact Attorney Group for more information. 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 info@attorneygroup.com.

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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