Defective Hip FAQs
When one receives a hip replacement in order to increase mobility and decrease pain they assume it will last for years to come allowing them to live their life to the fullest. Some patients were promised a solution that did not live up to expectations presented. The new solutions that were marketed to replace traditional methods and last longer providing enhanced mobility have caused even more complications. This new solution a metal-on-hip replacement product, was marketed to younger and healthier people.
Manufacturers including Stryker, DePuy Orthopedics, Smith & Nephew, Zimmer and Biomet all marketed metal-on-metal hip replacements. These products were extremely popular in the 2000s but are now recognized as dangerous medical devices causes severe complications to patients. Many who received these metal hip replacements have begun filing lawsuits in order to obtain compensation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Which types of hip implants are defective?
Patients who received metal-on-metal hip implants generally demonstrated higher risks/complications following surgery. DePuy Orthopedics, Zimmer Holdings, Smith & Nephew, Biomet Inc., and Wright Medical Technology products have all been recalled due to numerous reports of patients suffering from severe adverse effects.
Are only metal-on-metal hip replacement products dangerous?
The metal components in the metal-on-metal hip replacements used can rub against each other in the body as you move making it extremely dangerous and painful to patients. many suffer from serious health issues like metallosis due to the metal flakes falling off the metal components. Metal-on-metal hip replacement products are not the only ones that can pose a risk to patients. Certain ceramic Stryker-brand hip implants not only have a high failure rate and have caused complications to patients.
What are some complications or symptoms that a defective hip implant will cause?
The are many symptoms following a defective hip implant including pain; limited mobility; infection; metallosis; the formation of pseudo-tumors; bone loss; and aseptic loosening (a loosening of the components in the hip replacement products).
Will my hip implant fail?
Some patients do not experience implant failures and have potentially-defective hip products implanted and never experience any type of complications. That is not always the case though some patients will require revision surgery within five years of their original procedure in order to correct problems caused by a defective hip replacement product. Each brand and model of the metal-on-metal hip replacement products have varying failure rates.
What are the treatment options for replacing a defective hip implant?
Patients usually have to undergo revision surgery in order to replace a defective hip implant. In severe cases multiple, surgical procedures may be required to remove the defective hip implant from the body and to replace with a new healthy hip joint. The consequences following a defective hip implant can be long-lasting and some effects may not be reversible.
What should I do if I have a hip replacement and am experiencing complications?
It is important to talk with an experienced medical professional right away in order to get the necessary treatment if you have had a hip replacement and are experiencing any complications. Speaking with a doctor can help you to explore your options in order to resolve your health issues. You should also speak with an experienced attorney to see if filing a product liability claim against the manufacturer of the defective medical device is a route to take.
What are my legal rights against the manufacturer of my defective hip implant?
All manufacturers of any type of product are required to make sure their products are safe and to warn consumers of any potential harm. Unfortunately, many of the manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants neglected to warn consumers of the severe side effects, failed to conduct appropriate testing, and failed to warn patients and doctors of the potential risks.
The manufacturer can be held strictly liable for injuries caused by the product when used as intended. This is true in the cases of defective medical devices as well. Even if the patient is not able to prove the manufacturer failed to get the proper testing done before marketing the product or warn the public of any complications the patient could still recover compensation. As long as you can prove the manufacturers product caused harm you do not have to prove negligence in any strict liability case.
Do I need a lawyer to help me make a case and protect my rights?
Your case may become part of a multi-district litigation. It also may settle outside of court or you may go to trial and prove your claim. It is important to knowing the best course of action for your specific case. This can be difficult, let an experienced and caring Boston defective hip implants lawyer to help you understand your rights and pursue a claim for monetary compensation. Give Attorney Injury Group a call today at 617-934-7000 or contact us online to schedule a no-obligation case evaluation.