Why are some metal on metal hip implants claimed to be defective?
In an artificial hip system, the normal ball-and-socket connection in the hip is replicated using artificial materials. When the “ball” moves freely and properly in the “socket,” a person should experience increased mobility and range of motion. Some manufacturers have turned to very strong metal alloys to create the ball-and-socket connection. Chromium and cobalt are two metallic elements that have often been included in these alloys. Unfortunately, improper alignment and/or problem designs have reportedly resulted in abnormal and excessive friction in the joint. In some cases, this has released microscopic metallic particles into the patient’s body. These particles have been associated with inflammation and blood poisoning in some patients in Oklahoma and elsewhere.
What symptoms may occur with problem hip joints?
A number of symptoms have been associated with certain metal on metal hip implants. Pain in the area of the joint and in the groin area has been reported. In certain hip joints, the ball may rub on the outer edge of the socket in such a way as to limit mobility. Some patients in Oklahoma and across the country have reported incidents of artificial hips making squeaking or popping sounds. Fatigue has also been reported, and it has been associated with poisoning caused by metal particles getting into the bloodstream.
How can I determine whether my artificial hip has been recalled?
Your doctor or hospital will have your hip replacement model on file. A hip replacement attorney can also assist you in finding out what type of hip replacement you have. Even if your particular type of hip system has not been recalled, you may still have a claim if you are suffering adverse reactions. The surgical technique has sometimes been inadequate, and improper alignment of the ball and the socket has resulted in some cases.
What corrective measures are possible if I have a problem hip implant?
Some patients have required follow-up surgery to replace a defective or misaligned artificial hip. Surgeons call this revision surgery. There are downsides to such surgery. First, recovery time can be substantial, and patients must deal with limitations imposed on their activity during that time. Second, more bone has to usually be taken to re-do the metal on metal implant.
Which artificial hip implants have been recalled?
A variety of manufacturers have been associated with hip replacement systems that have generated litigation:
- Stryker Orthopedics
- Smith and Nephew
- DePuy Orthopedics
DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has two metal on metal hip implants on the market, the Pinnacle and ASR systems. They have both reportedly required revision surgeries, according to lawsuits. The FDA approved Stryker’s ABG II and Rejuvenate hip replacement systems in 2008. Four years later, Stryker voluntarily recalled both systems after receiving reports of pain, dislocations, and metal poisoning.
Do I face a deadline for filing a legal claim?
Yes. Oklahoma has statutes that define the maximum time that may pass between the detection of injury and the filing of a claim related to such injury. An attorney involved in this area of legal claims can assess how legal deadlines may affect your capacity to pursue a claim. Because of the importance of the statute of limitations, it is vital to consult with an attorney right away.
How is it possible to clearly establish whether I can properly pursue a claim?
Contact Attorney Group for Oklahoma to learn more about the options available to you in your particular situation. We can help you understand what your next steps can be, and we can connect you with an affiliated attorney if you decide to pursue a claim. Contact us today to learn more in a free consultation.