On October 2, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a Safety Alert regarding the MicroPort Profemur hip recall. The recall is designated as Class I, meaning the use of the product has a reasonable probability of serious adverse health consequences or death.
If you or a loved one had hip replacement surgery that may have involved a MicroPort Profemur product, contact Attorney Group for more information. We can help answer your questions in a free, no obligation consultation. If you choose to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated metal on metal hip replacement attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Important: The time you have to pursue a claim is limited. Contact us for more information.
MicroPort Profemur Hip Recall: Risk of Serious Injury or Death
According to an August 7, 2015 Recall Notice, the specific device affected is the PROFEMUR Long Cobalt Chrome 8 Degree Varus/Valgus Modular Neck, Part 1254. The reason given for the recall is that the manufacturer has:
[R]eceived reports of an unexpected rate of fractures after surgery related to this specific modular neck. If the modular neck fractures, the patient may experience sudden pain, instability and difficulty walking and performing common task. An acute fracture will require revision surgery to remove and replace the neck and stem components. Acute fracture and emergency revision surgery is a serious adverse health consequence and could lead to neurovascular damage, hematoma, hemorrhage, and even death.
Patients are instructed to take the following actions with respect to their recalled Profemur hip replacement:
- Patients should continue to follow up with their health care provider at regular intervals as prescribed by their surgeon.
- There is currently no evidence that modular neck fractures can be anticipated by patient history, physical exam, visual inspection or by using any imaging modality including X-ray, MRI, or CT scans.
- Patients not experiencing symptoms should not take any further action.
- Patients should seek immediate medical treatment if they experience any sudden onset of severe pain in their post-operative hip, difficulty or inability walking, significant trauma to their hip or leg (e.g. falling), or a tingling sensation or loss of feeling in their leg.
The recall is designated as Class I, which is described as
[T]he most serious type of recall and involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.
Affected patients are encouraged to speak with a metal on metal hip replacement attorney to discuss their rights and remedies regarding the MicroPort Profemur Hip Recall.
Wright Conserve Hip Verdict: $11 Million
Although the MicroPort Profemur hip recall is a new development, Wright Medical Profemur hip lawsuits have previously been filed by metal on metal hip replacement attorneys over claims that the device was defective and unreasonably dangerous.
In November 2015, a jury awarded $11 million to a plaintiff who sued Wright Medical for injuries she claims were caused by the defendant’s Conserve Hip Implant System. The verdict was reached in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia after two weeks of trial. The jury’s award included $1 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages.
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 in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
Patients who are injured by a MicroPort Profemur hip replacement 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
In certain cases, punt ice damages may be assessed against a defendant to punish malicious or reckless actions and to deter similar conduct in the future.
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