Metal-On-Metal Total Hip Replacement Lawsuits
An estimated 50,000 Americans have been implanted with metal-on-metal hip replacements, which were supposed to be more durable than other types of artificial hips. But in recent years, thousands of patients have experienced premature failure of a metal-on-metal hip implant as a result of metallosis, cobalt poisoning, loosening of the hip and other serious, painful and debilitating complications. In 2013, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned that these types of hip replacements were more likely to fail within just a few years of implantation compared to devices made from other materials. Even before the FDA issued its warning, thousands of people had filed metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits against DePuy Orthopaedics and other medical device makers that seek compensation for the physical injuries and financial damages allegedly caused by their metal hips.
The attorneys at Southern Med Law are currently investigating cases related to the following metal-on-metal hip litigations: DePuy ASR hip replacement lawsuits, DePuy Pinnacle hip implant lawsuits, Pinnacle Hip Lawsuits and Stryker hip replacement lawsuits. As both an attorney and practicing physician, Dr. François Blaudeau possesses a unique understanding of the medical and legal questions at issue in metal-on-metal hip replacement lawsuits. If you or someone you love experienced premature device failure or other complications related to a metal-on-metal hip, please call Southern Med Law to learn more about your legal rights today.
Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Complications
Metal-on-metal hip implants consist of a chromium/cobalt ball and cup. When these components rub together, they can generate microscopic shards of metal that can accumulate in the surrounding tissue and even the blood stream. This can lead to a variety of complications, including:
- Development of pseudo tumors
- Pain in the hip or groin
- Loosening or dislocation of the hip
- Difficulty standing or walking
- Swelling or inflammation around the hip joint
- Premature failure resulting in need for revision surgery
The FDA has also warned that the toxic metal ions shed from the implant can cause a number of other health problems, including those that affect the heart and central nervous system, if they accumulate to dangerous level in the blood stream.
Filing a Metal-on-Metal Hip Lawsuit
Throughout his career, Dr. Blaudeau has worked hard to develop a strong reputation in healthcare litigation. His first-hand knowledge of medicine has made Southern Med Law an aggressive and effective advocate for those who were harmed due to negligent medical device manufacturers. If your life has been devastated by a defective metal-on-metal hip, please contact Southern Med Law today to learn more about your legal rights. You can arrange for a free, no obligation metal-on-metal hip replacement lawsuit review by filling out our online form, or by calling the office directly at 205-547-5525.
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