Despite the fact that thousands of patients throughout the country have been able to regain their quality of life after receiving an artificial hip implant, thousands more are filing lawsuits against several manufacturers of these devices, alleging that they suffered from early hip implant failure, among other complications such as:
- Device dislocation
- Injuries to the blood vessels or nerves
- Residual pain or stiffness
- Bone fractures
- Formation of blood clots
Why Consider Undergoing a Hip Implant Surgery?
Patients who are currently living with arthritis or bone fractures caused by a slip and fall or other incident may wish to learn more about their options in terms of hip replacement devices. While there are several types of hip implants such as metal and plastic, metal-on-metal, metal-on-ceramic and all-ceramic, not every patient can feel comfortable with each type of implant.
Each year in the U.S., surgeons perform more than 332,000 hip replacement surgeries, making these procedures some of the most commonly performed operations in the country. A patient may be a good candidate for an artificial hip implant if he or she has:
- Hip pain that persists when not moving
- Unsatisfactory relief from pain medications or NSAIDs
- Hip pain that interferes with walking, bending and other daily activities
- Joint stiffness that adversely affects the legs
Cost and Recovery Time
While there is no exact figure on which a patient can estimate the cost of a hip replacement procedure in Tennessee, a study conducted by researchers and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the average cost falls somewhere between $11,000 and $125,000. Additionally, patients can expect to spend at least three to five days in the hospital following the surgery, but a full recovery with a new artificial hip implant could take as long as six months.
Lawsuits Filed in the U.S.
Stryker, DePuy, Zimmer, Wright and Biomet are five manufacturers that have been named as defendants in hip implant failure lawsuits throughout the country. According to plaintiffs, the metal-on-metal hip implants and systems produced by these companies are defective and can cause early hip implant failure as well as several other life-threatening complications. Although both DePuy and Stryker have reached settlements to resolve thousands of claims that they are facing, you may still be entitled to seek legal compensation in Tennessee if you and your legal counsel can prove that the artificial hip implant directly caused you to sustain an injury or develop a condition.
A Tennessee Hip Implant Failure Attorney Can Help You Today
Have you or someone you love received a metal-on-metal hip implant and you suffered from hip implant failure or other adverse complications, contact Attorney Group for Tennessee for more information about filing a hip implant failure lawsuit and recovering damages for your condition. There is no cost to speak with us, and we can help you determine if you have a case. If you decide to file a lawsuit, we can place you in contact with an affiliated hip implant failure attorney in Tennessee who can assist you in pursuing your claim.