Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacements
Hip replacement surgery has helped thousands of people lead normal lives. Unfortunately, metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, including those made by Stryker, DePuy (Johnson & Johnson), Zimmer, Biomet and other manufacturers, sometimes have serious and harmful side effects. Since 1973, English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP has helped people from Leitchfield, Somerset, Bowling Green, Warren County, and throughout Kentucky and Tennessee litigate defective medical device cases. If you have suffered the side effects of a defective metal-on-metal hip replacement, one of our Kentucky defective drug and medical device lawyers can evaluate your case and explain your options.
METAL-ON-METAL HIP REPLACEMENTS CAN CAUSE DANGEROUS PROBLEMS
Hip replacements are supposed to help people regain an active lifestyle by creating a new joint surface. The problem with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices is that it is more likely the hip will dislocate or wear over time. The metal components of the hip replacement rub against each other and small particles of metal shave off, causing the level of metal ions in the blood to rise to dangerous levels. This can cause a condition known as metallosis, which is an elevated level of metal ions in the blood. A person who received a metal-on-metal hip replacement and suffered one of these or other side effects can seek damages in court.
Some metal-on-metal hip replacements have been recalled, including the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip System and the DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System.
The Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems are other examples of defective metal-on-metal hip components. Both were recalled by Stryker in 2012. Another problem hip implant component is the Zimmer Durom Acetabular Cup, which Zimmer stopped distributing in 2008.
All of these products can have significant problems for patients. Some lawsuits against manufacturers such as Johnson and Johnson (Depuy), Stryker, Zimmer and Bioment are being settled or tried already and more are expected to conclude in the coming months and years. In one case that was in court recently, Johnson & Johnson executives admitted they knew of problems with the hip implants possibly as early as 2001.
Two recent studies indicated that medical devices in general are not sufficiently screened prior to adoption and use by medical providers and their patients. Another study dating back to 2011 indicated that the process for approving medical devices such as these hip implants is “fatally flawed” and should be replaced. You can read the most recent reports here: http://news.yahoo.com/studies-criticize-u-medical-device-approval-process-024501466--finance.html
If you are experiencing these problems with your artificial hip, please know that you aren’t alone, and that we may be able to help.
PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS BY HIRING AN EXPERIENCED LAWYER
Medical device manufacturers who market defective products should pay for their decisions. The Kentucky defective drug and medical device injury attorneys of English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP have years of experience litigating pharmaceutical cases. If you have been harmed by a metal-on-metal hip replacement device, such as one manufactured by Stryker or DePuy, call (270) 781-6500 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free case evaluation. We serve clients throughout Kentucky, as well as in the Nashville area and across Tennessee.