Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Attorneys in North Carolina Who Can Protect Your Rights
A metal-on-metal hip implant may have offered the promise of a better quality of life, but instead many people experienced serious side effects or hip replacement failure and had to have a second surgery.
Because of the complications associated with their products, many manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip devices are facing lawsuits. Victims allege that companies failed to warn the public about the risks and did not fully study the potential side effects before bringing these products to the market.
Some of the metal-on-metal hip devices linked to serious side effects include:
- The Pinnacle Hip Replacement System, the ASR XL Acetabular System total hip replacement and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, all manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics division. The two ASR hip systems have already been recalled.
- Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems, manufactured by Stryker, who recalled these systems in 2012. While not technically metal-on-metal devices, the two modular-neck hip stem systems are coated with titanium and can cause problems similar to the other defective implants.
- Durom Acetabular Component (Durom Cup), manufactured by Zimmer Holdings Inc. This was recalled in 2008, but has since returned to the market.
- R3 Acetabular System, manufactured by Smith & Nephew. The metal liners of the system were withdrawn from the market in 2012 due to a higher-than-expected number of revision surgeries associated with the use of the device.
What is the problem with metal-on-metal implants?
When the metal parts rub together, metal ions or particles can be released and enter into the patient’s blood stream. This can result in metal poisoning, such as the condition known as metallosis, among other things. Other complications include the loosening of the hip implant resulting in joint dislocation, infection and immobility. Watchdog organizations have also reported high failure rates, which required many patients to have additional surgeries to correct the problems.
These side effects can incur many serious physical and financial consequences. That is why many are pursuing metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits.
Complications and side effects
The following are some of the side effects associated with metal-on-metal hip implants:
- Severe joint pain
- Implant failure
- Loosening of the implant
- Necrosis (tissue around the implant dies)
- Bone deterioration around implant
If you suspect you have a defective hip implant, contact your doctor immediately. You also need to protect your rights. The big pharmaceutical companies may make a low ball settlement offer. Your case may be worth more than you realize. That’s why it’s important to contact an experienced metal-on-metal hip device attorney for a free case evaluation.
Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin today
Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin today at 1-866-900-7078 or complete the online contact form. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means if you don’t recover compensation from your claim, there is no attorney’s fee.