How have certain metal on metal hip implants been determined to be defective?
A number of artificial hip systems have reportedly created metal debris due to excess friction or misalignment in the hip joint. Metal on metal hip implants are designed to create smooth movement in the ball-and-socket joint. To promote durability in these artificial joints, some manufacturers have elected to use strong metal alloys that sometimes include elements like chromium or cobalt. These are toxic substances in sufficient concentrations, and they have allegedly been released into the bodies of some patients where malfunctioning hip implants allegedly released microscopic metal particles into surrounding soft tissue and even into the bloodstream. There have been claims in Kentucky and elsewhere that this debris has caused painful swelling and metal poisoning.
What symptoms are experienced with recalled hip implants?
Pain may be experienced in the hip area or even in the groin. Some Kentucky patients have reported limited mobility allegedly resulting from the “ball” rubbing on the outer rim of the “socket.” Patients have reported sounds like popping or squeaking emanating from problem hip implants. Other symptoms reported by patients have included fatigue allegedly caused by metal debris causing blood poisoning.
How can I figure out if my artificial hip is among those recalled?
A lawyer who handles hip implant lawsuits can help determine which system was used in your case, or can give you instructions on how to find out in your particular situation. Even if your hip is not among those recalled, you may still be able to file a lawsuit for compensation for damages you have suffered.
What can be done medically if my artificial hip is not working right?
Misaligned or otherwise defective metal on metal hip implants may need to be replaced. Some patients have reported that they had to receive revision surgery less than a year after the original procedure. Revision surgery carries with it another round of general surgical risks and significant recovery time.
What hip systems have been subject to a recall?
Certain artificial hip manufacturers have been involved in hip system recalls and/or litigation:
- DePuy Orthopedics
- Stryker Orthopedics
- Smith and Nephew
DePuy is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson that has two metal on metal hip implants that have been the subject of litigation: Pinnacle and ASR. Surgeons have determined that hip revision surgery was required in a number of instances in which these systems had been originally employed. Also, Stryker Orthopedics has manufactured the ABG II and Rejuvenate hip replacement systems that were originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2008. In 2012, Stryker voluntarily recalled the hip systems after reports of pain, dislocations, metal poisoning and other issues were reported.
Are there deadlines for filing lawsuits regarding defective hips?
Yes. Each state, including Kentucky, has laws that establish the amount of time that may pass from the awareness of injury and the filing of a lawsuit. Attorney Group for Kentucky can explain what time frame you may be looking at in your case. Once a legal deadline is missed there may be no recourse, so act promptly.
How can I determine whether I can have a legal claim involving a defective hip replacement?
Please contact us at Attorney Group for Kentucky. We can answer your questions and refer you to an affiliated attorney if you decide to pursue a claim. We can provide insight into your options in a free consultation, so contact us today to learn more.