Hip implants can do wonders for people who have been experiencing severe joint pain and an inability to comfortably walk. However, metal-on-metal implants can pose a serious health risk if a recipient develops metallosis, or metal poisoning. Excessive levels of cobalt-chromium, which is commonly found in these implants, have been linked to metallosis symptoms, including organ damage and a myriad of other serious complications.
If you would like to know more about the potential hazards associated with these implants, contact Attorney Group. We can provide you with a free consultation to help you determine your options. The time to file a lawsuit may be limited, so contact us today.
What Is the Danger?
When your body receives dosages of cobalt-chromium in excess of 25 mg a day, you may begin experiencing metallosis symptoms, such as the following:
- Pain and instability in the joint
- Spontaneous dislocation
- Heart failure, thyroid problems and nervous system issues
- Skin rashes and other infections
- Nerve problems
- Hearing loss and cognitive impairment
Studies have shown that people who have total hip replacements and hip resurfacing may be at risk for developing metallosis.
The condition develops because when there is metal in the joint, your lymph nodes and other response systems will try to get rid of it by absorbing the substance. The metal is then transported it to the kidneys and forced out of your system through the urine. However, when the amount of metal is overwhelming, the body cannot tend to it effectively and toxicity results.
Despite widespread reports of the dangers of metal-on-metal implants, manufacturers continue to make the devices and market them as safe for use. They advertise newer models that allegedly last longer, but they have a wider surface area and create more metal debris in the body.
Claim the Compensation You Need
If you believe you have suffered from metallosis, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer of the medical device. Damages associated with metal-on-metal hip implant injuries include the cost of medical treatment, rehabilitation, long-term care and pain and suffering.
The Time to Pursue a Claim is Limited
There is a limited amount of time during which you are able to file a lawsuit against negligent manufacturers, so do not delay in contacting Attorney Group. Your call is free, confidential, and without obligation, and if you choose to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated metal hip lawsuit attorney who can help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.