Metal on metal hip implants are intended to provide relief to patients who are suffering from limited mobility and pain. However, these devices may cause serious and life-threatening complications such as metal poisoning and early device failure. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about these implants; contact Attorney Group for Mississippi to learn more about your options if you feel that you have a case.
1. Why are metal on metal hip implants alleged to be dangerous?
The metal parts of these implants can excessively rub together during normal, daily activities, and this friction can cause the patient to develop metal poisoning, or metallosis, if the excess ions are deposited into his or her blood stream. Other potential complications include early device failure, which may result in the need for a costly or more painful revision procedure.
2. Has the FDA issued any recalls for hip implants?
Several manufacturers have issued voluntary recalls of their metal on metal hip implants, while the FDA has also been up-to-date on the alleged complications and adverse events reported by patients. These recalled devices include:
- Rejuvenate and ABG II modular neck hip stems (Stryker)
- M2a Magnum (Biomet)
- Pinnacle cup and the ASR Total Hip System (DePuy)
- R3 Acetabular System (Smith & Nephew)
3. How can I tell if I have a recalled metal on metal hip implant?
If you are unsure as to the type of implant you received, you can either ask your surgeon or obtain a copy of your operative report. Surgeons are required to document medical devices used in procedures, and the operative report will also clearly state the make and model of your hip implant.
4. What are some symptoms of complications?
According to adverse event reports, patients have allegedly suffered from tumors, loosening of the implant, fractures, increased swelling and pain, and metallosis, or metal toxicity. If you notice one or more of these symptoms, see your healthcare provider to determine whether you need to undergo imaging or blood testing to evaluate your condition.
5. Are patients pursuing claims against the manufacturers?
Yes. Lawsuits have been filed against several medical device makers, including Biomet, Stryker Orthpaedics, Smith & Nephew, DePuy Orthopaedics, Wright Medical Technology, and Zimmer Holdings. Cases are at different stages in the litigation, but potential plaintiffs are urged to contact an attorney, as there may still be time to pursue a claim for compensation.
6. What are the allegations in the pending lawsuits surrounding metal on metal hip implants?
Those who are pursuing claims against the manufacturers of all-metal hip implants accuse the companies of failing to warn of the potential risks and side effects of their products. According to several patients, the metal on metal hip implants caused them to suffer from multiple complications, including metallosis, swelling, increased pain, and early device failure, which ultimately required a number of patients to undergo revision procedures.
7. What can I do if I think I can recover damages for my injuries?
It is important to seek legal counsel as soon as you believe that you have a case. Although it is impossible to guarantee compensation, you may be eligible to recover damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. An attorney can help you to determine if you have a case.
If You Have Been Injured, Contact Us Today
Have you or a loved one suffered from complications, possibly due to a metal on metal hip implant? If so, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the device’s manufacturer and recover damages for your injuries. Attorney Group for Mississippi can evaluate your case at no cost to you and connect you with an affiliated attorney if we find that you have a case. Call today to learn more.