Florida Smith and Nephew R-3 Recall Attorneys
In June 2012, Smith and Nephew initiated a recalled of the metal cup component of its R-3 Acetabular System hip implant. The recall was initiated after analysis of data related to the R-3 Acetabular System revealed that a high percentage of patients receiving the implant containing a metal cup component had experienced, and were experiencing, dangerous and painful side effects. A higher than expected percentage of hip implant patients has undergone revision surgeries and total hip replacements requiring long periods of additional treatment and rehabilitation. Florida Smith and Nephew R-3 recall attorneys have been called upon in light on this failure.
The R-3 Acetabular System was first introduced in Europe and Australia in 2007 and in the United States in 2009. The R-3 Acetabular System utilizes an acetabular cup into which the metal femoral head fits. The acetabular cup contains a lining which is made of plastic, ceramic or metal, depending upon the individual needs of the hip implant recipient. In instances where metal lining is used, complications arise from the metal-on-metal contact created by the metal femoral head fitting into the metal acetabular cup. The grinding of the metal lining of the cup against the metal femoral head releases metal shavings into the body which can causes painful and serious conditions including blood toxicity, commonly known as metallosis. Metallosis is an amassing of metal debris in a patient’s body. Side effects of metallosis include confusion, gastrointestinal problems, dizziness, headaches, and nervous system problems. Affected patients may experience burning feelings and numbness and tingling in the hands and feet. They may also develop skin rashes, hearing and sight problems, diminished sight and cognition, hypothyroidism, hip joint pain, stiffness, loss of strength, loss of stamina, increased infections, and loss of hip bone and tissue.
If you, a family member, or someone close to you underwent hip replacement surgery between 2009 and June 1, 2012 and you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, it is very important for you to contact your surgeon to determine which hip replacement implant was used. If the recalled Smith and Nephew hip implant was used in your surgery, Florida Smith and Nephew R-3 Recall Attorneys can assist you in protecting and pursuing your legal right to be compensated for injuries and damages related to your hip implant surgeries and other associated treatments.
According to Reuters, more than 7,700 patients received the R-3 hip implant subject to the recall, and many of those affected have been notified of the recall by Smith and Nephew since the recall was initiated on June 1, 2012. Some of you may have already undergone revision or total replacement surgeries, and may have undergone or are currently undergoing extensive additional therapies, including rehabilitation. Others may be experiencing pain and complications related to your hip replacement, but do not know whether or not the hip implant you received is subject to the Smith & Nephew recall. Perhaps complications from your hip replacement surgery or the need for additional surgery or other treatments have had a negative impact on your family or professional life, or have been mentally or emotionally stressful for you. For any and all of these situations, Florida Smith and Nephew R-3 Recall Attorneys can help.
Florida Smith and Nephew R-3 Recall Attorneys can assist you in determining whether your hip implant is subject to the R-3 Acetabular System recall. These are knowledgeable legal practitioners who will assess the merits of your specific case and, if you are eligible, can pursue what avenues of recovery are available to you. Having to dig and dig for the right lawyer to represent you in light of a defective medical device is adding insult to injury; your search for Florida Smith and Nephew R-3 recall attorneys can end here, with Attorney Group for Florida.
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Since there are time limits within which you may make a claim, contact Attorney Group for Florida as soon as possible to learn what our affiliated Florida Smith and Nephew R-3 Recall Attorneys can do for you based on your individual hip replacement experience.