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Metal-on-Metal Hips Lawsuits:
Metal-on-metal hip replacement is a surgical procedure where an artificial implant is positioned as a replacement for a damaged hip joint or the entire hip structure.
What are Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants?
Metal-on-metal hip implants are metal materials consisting of a ball, stem and shell that are surgically implanted to repair any kind of hip fracture or injury as well as to reduce pain and increase mobility of an aged or injured natural hip structure. Metal-on-metal designs have risen in popularity in the recent years with the intention of increasing the longevity of hip replacements and of providing a more pain-free mobility to younger, active patients. As Class III (higher risk) devices, metal-on-metal hip systems are not required to undergo clinical trials or premarket testing before being made available to the public. Through the regulation of the 510(k) premarket notification program of the FDA, manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip devices simply have to declare that these products are similar to current products on the market.
Why File a Metal-on-Metal Hips Lawsuit?
Metal-on-metal products from 21 manufacturers were ordered by the FDA to conduct post-market studies in May 2011 after many patients suffered from metal poisoning called metallosis, a condition that occurred after metal ions rub off of the device and enter the bloodstream.
* In 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics recalled its ASR Hip Resurfacing System and ASR XL Acetabular System after thousands of people complained they have endured painful complications from the devices.
* In 2012, Stryker Corp. recalled two of its hip implant systems – the Rejuvenate Modular and the ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems after it was reported that its metallic components may corrode and enter the patient’s bloodstream.
* Due to mounting complaints from patients and doctors about the premature failure of the Durom Cup hip implant, Zimmer suspended its sales in 2008.
* Manufacturer Biomet claimed that its M2a Magnum Hip System is more superior to other types of hip replacement implants in the market but failed to deliver its claim. In early 2014, Biomet was ordered to pay $56 million for hip implant lawsuits filed against it.
Here are some of the signs or symptoms associated with Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants:
* Implant loosening or failure
* Local tissue necrosis
* Severe joint pain
* Deterioration of the bone around the implant
* Formation of cysts
Reasons to file:
* If you experienced financial hardship through the utilization of health care facilities, ongoing care or prescription medications; and lost wages.
* If you are experiencing emotional distress from caring for a loved one who is suffering from serious injuries and side effects of a defective metal-on-metal hip implant.
* If you want to hold the metal-on-metal hip implant manufacturers accountable for releasing such a defective product.
If you or a loved one have had to undergo replacement surgery for a defective metal-on-metal hip implant, Oliver Law Office can help. Jami S. Oliver is a leading Columbus Ohio defective product attorney who can help you in getting the full compensation and rightful justice you deserve. She will carefully evaluate your case and explain the legal options open to you. Call 614-220-9100 to schedule an appointment.