As settlements involving Biomet – purchased by Zimmer Holdings Inc. in 2014 – are in the process of being finalized, plaintiffs throughout the U.S. continue to bring hip implant lawsuits against the manufacturer. On January 16, 2015, a hip implant lawsuit was filed in federal court multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of Indiana by a South Carolina resident.
If you or a loved one received a metal-on-metal hip implant and suffered early device failure, metallosis, or other complications, contact Attorney Group for a free consultation. We can answer your questions, and if you have a case, we can connect you with an affiliated hip implant lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Hip Implant Lawsuit Filed
The plaintiff in the case filed on January 16 alleges that he was fitted with a Biomet M2a Magnum in September 2006. He claims that he experienced pain, suffering and inflammation at the site of the implant after the surgery due to friction between the metal components. The plaintiff also alleges that the wearing of the all-metal components caused toxic metal ions to be released into his bloodstream, causing him to undergo revision surgery. He also claims that Biomet failed to disclose the risks of the device, which prevented him from discovering the initial cause of his condition.
Like many other pending Biomet hip implant lawsuits, this claim alleges that the M2a Magnum is likely to fail earlier than anticipated and that Biomet had knowledge of the problem. It also asserts that the metal-on-metal design is unreasonably dangerous and can lead to degeneration from wear-and-tear that disperses metal fragments into nearby tissues. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a consumer warning in 2013 regarding the risk of injury from metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. Many medical device manufacturers issued recalls of their products, but the M2a Magnum has remained on the market.
In early 2014, the manufacturer agreed to a $56 million settlement to resolve more than 2,000 claims against its all-metal implant. Plaintiffs who were fitted with the device and who underwent revision procedures more than six months after the initial implantation will receive a base award of $200,000 each.
Do You Have Questions About Filing a Hip Implant Lawsuit?
Contact Attorney Group for more information about seeking compensation for your injuries if you received a metal-on-metal hip replacement and suffered complications. There are no out-of-pocket costs to speak with us, and we can connect you with an affiliated attorney if you have a case.