Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawsuits
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Hip implants have been notorious for malfunctioning and causing problems, and metal-on-metal implants are no exception. Created to help individuals suffering from chronic hip pain or decreased mobility, hip implants are used in hip resurfacing and replacement surgeries. Following numerous complaints of complications with hip implants, many manufacturers recalled their products amid compiling lawsuits. Since then, many studies, including those conducted by the FDA, have found metal-on-metal hip implants dangerous and risky.
If you or someone you love experienced serious side effects after receiving a metal-on-metal hip implant, you may be able to pursue compensation. At Kalfus & Nachman PC, our defective product attorneys will advocate for your rights, pursuing justice against the liable party and seeking compensation for your injuries.
About Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
Metal-on-metal hip implants are designed to replace the hip joint with a metal ball and socket instead. The implant is usually made of chromium or cobalt, which can be hazardous when the constant rubbing of the prosthetic joint causes the metal to wear and loosen, as has been known to happen. When the metal joint breaks down, metal ions may leak into the blood stream, causing an entire host of painful health problems.
The risks and side effects associated with metal-on-metal hip implants are as follows:
- Skin rash
- Neurological issues, including audio and visual damage
- Psychological changes, including depression
- Impairment of renal function
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Loosening of the joint
- Joint dislocation
- Fracturing of the implant or bone
In most of the cases where side effects of the implant were prominent, patients had to undergo repeat surgeries to replace the implant. In many situations, additional surgeries were needed thereafter to alleviate pain and revise other issues.
Seeking Compensation for Your Injuries
There are roughly 250,000 people who receive hip replacement surgeries each year across the U.S., and 32% of them receive metal-on-metal implants. This means that each year, tens of thousands of people receive these potentially dangerous medical devices. After conducting their own research, the FDA found metal-on-metal hip implants to be potentially hazardous, causing them to release a statement about the possible symptoms and side effects. Hip implant systems and manufacturers who have already issued recalls or have shown signs of potentially dangerous side effects include:
- DePuy ASR XL Hip System
- DePuy Pinnacle Hip System
- DePuy Ultamet Metal Liner
- Wright Medical Technologies Total Hip System
- Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Systems
Choose Kalfus & Nachman PC for Maximum Compensation
If you or a loved one received a metal-on-metal implant and have since experienced any painful or distressing side effects, contact your doctor for medical attention. Thereafter, reach out to our personal injury lawyers at Kalfus & Nachman PC to discuss your situation and determine if you have a claim. If you have a case, you may be able to pursue compensation for damages, including past and future medical expenses, loss of work, and pain and suffering.
Contact Kalfus & Nachman PC to discuss your faulty metal-on-metal hip implant case today.