Attorney Group for Iowa has created a list of frequently asked questions regarding metal on metal hip replacements, and the lawsuits that have been filed in relation to the devices. Read more below and contact us with further questions or if you believe you have a case.
What causes certain metal on metal hip implants to be alleged to be defective?
In the human hip, there is a “ball-and-socket” connection between the bone and the pelvis. This connection allows a significant range of movement and excellent mobility. An artificial hip also features a ball-and-socket design. To enhance durability, some manufacturers have chosen to use alloy metals that often include elements like cobalt or chromium. Unfortunately, these substances can be toxic in sufficient concentrations. In some metal on metal hip implants, the metal ball generates excess friction in the socket, or along the outer edge of the socket, creating metal debris. This microscopic debris may work its way into surrounding soft tissue or the bloodstream.
What symptoms are possible when such metal on metal hip implants are employed?
A host of serious symptoms have been noted with certain artificial hips. Pain has sometimes been reported in both the hip and the groin. There may be swelling in the soft tissue. Limited mobility may result from the joint not operating as smoothly as it was designed to. Reports of popping or squeaking joints have occurred. Reports of fatigue in patients may be linked to metal poisoning.
How can I find out if I have a recalled artificial hip?
An Iowa hip replacement lawyer can assist a person that wants to determine whether he or she has a recalled metal on metal hip implant. At the same time, it’s key to realize that you may have a claim even if your type of hip has not been recalled. Some adverse reactions have been reported with hips that have not been recalled. Patients can find out more by contacting Attorney Group for Iowa.
What can be done for me if I have a troublesome hip implant?
In certain instances, surgeons will recommend revision surgery. In this type of procedure, additional bone is taken in order to properly anchor a new hip replacement. Many patients have had to undergo this type of procedure only 1-2 years after their original hip procedure. Such patients face another round of recovery and additional limitations on activity. The need for revision surgery has been reported in hip implants that were created to last 15 years or more.
Which artificial hip systems have been recalled thus far?
These companies have named identified as defendants in previous lawsuits pertaining to recalled hip systems:
- DePuy Orthopedics
- Smith and Nephew
- Stryker Orthopedics
Stryker Orthopedics is known for its ABG II and Rejuvenate hip systems that received FDA approval in 2008. Stryker then recalled these systems on a voluntary basis in July 2012. The metal portions of these artificial hips are allegedly associated with pain, metal poisoning and dislocations. As a result, patients have undergone revision surgery in a number of cases. The ASR and Pinnacle hip replacement systems from DePuy Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, have also been associated with adverse events that have resulted in revision surgery.
Is there a deadline for filing a claim?
Iowa, like other states, places limits on how long you have to file a lawsuit after the first detection of injury. A lawyer that focuses in this area of the law can help to establish whether it is possible to file your claim in a timely manner. Because of these time limits, it is important to consult with a lawyer as soon as you believe you have a case.
How can I determine if either I or a family member might have a claim?
Attorney Group for Iowa seeks to keep patients informed of their options in their particular situation. If you believe you have a claim, contact us today. We can help you determine if you have a case, and connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist you through the legal process. Contact us today to learn more in a free consultation.