Although metal on metal hip implants have helped some patients struggling with pain and decreased mobility, thousands of other patients claim that these devices caused them to suffer from serious complications. Please read on for answers to some of the frequently asked questions involving metal on metal hip implants, and contact Attorney Group for Florida today if you think you may have a case.
1. What are metal on metal hip implants?
Metal on metal hip implants are made of all-metal components, including acetabular cups, femoral heads, stems, and more, depending on the exact model of the device. The implants are intended to help to reduce pain, increase a patient’s mobility, and improve his or her overall quality of life.
2. Have any all-metal implants been recalled?
Several metal on metal hip implants have been pulled from the market in the U.S., including the M2a Magnum, manufactured by Biomet, and the R3 Acetabular System, manufactured by Smith & Nephew. Additionally, DePuy Orthopaedic’s Pinnacle cup andASR Hip Systemsas well asStryker Orthopaedic’s Rejuvenateand ABG II modular-neck hip stems were also recalled amid complaints of early device failure.
3. What should I look for in terms of symptoms?
Somewarning signsthat could indicate that your implant is failing include numbness in your hips or legs, skin conditions, tumors around the implantation site, fracture of the device, chronic hip pain or swelling, fatigue, and loosening of the joint. If you believe you are having some of these problems, consult with your doctor as soon as possible.
4. How do I know if my device was on the recall list?
If you are unsure of the model of your hip implant, try reaching out to your surgeon as he or she is required to keep all documentation of any devices implanted in patients during medical procedures. If you cannot contact your surgeon, you can submit a request to obtain a copy of your operation report and determine the model of the device.
5. Are there any lawsuits in the U.S.?
Yes. Plaintiffs throughout the U.S. have filed lawsuits against several manufacturers of metal on metal hip implants, including Stryker, DePuy, Biomet, Smith & Nephew, Zimmer Holdings, and Wright Medical Technology.
6. What are some of the allegations made by plaintiffs?
Plaintiffs claim that they suffered from metallosis as a result of the friction caused by daily movement. As a result, they allegedly experienced early device failure and often required painful andcostly painful revision proceduresto correct the complications caused by the device.
7. What are my options for seeking compensation?
Individuals who feel that their side effects and complications were caused by their all-metal hip implants are urged to seek legal counsel to determine whether they have options and are entitled to seek damages for their injuries. While no compensation is guaranteed, filing a lawsuit can help hold the manufacturer responsible for compensation for your condition.
Contact Attorney Group for Florida Today
Do you believe that your metal on metal hip implant caused you to suffer from serious or life-threatening problems? If so, you may have options. Attorney Group for Florida can review your case, free of charge, and assist you in determining whether you have a case. We can also connect you with one of our affiliated attorneys who can help you to seek the compensation to which you may be entitled. Call today.