If you or a loved one has undergone hip replacement surgery
and developed pain or other side effects, you have legal options.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of people opt to have hip replacement surgery in hopes of relieving pain and increasing their mobility. This surgery is usually successful, but certain implants have been found to be defective, often times creating problems that are perceived as worse than the original situation. Specifically, certain metal on metal hip replacements have been found to be defective.
A hip replacement is considered to be metal on metal if there is friction between two metal parts at a joint in the device.
At least three manufacturers have been found by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to have manufactured faulty metal on metal hip replacements:
Stryker recalled two of its hip replacement systems in 2012. These were the Rejuvenate and ABG II. These devices were not thoroughly tested before being released. The problems with these systems were typical of metal on metal hip replacements. This includes toxic metal debris being released into the bloodstream due to friction at the modular neck junction.
It is notable that these hip replacements were released after other companies were faced with recalls and litigation resulting from similar designs. Stryker is now facing numerous lawsuits and estimates that they will pay over $1 billion in compensation and legal fees.
Depuy, owned by Johnson & Johnson, has two types of hip implants that have been recalled. These are the Pinnacle and ASR hip replacement systems. These products were originally designed to accommodate younger patients, and supply the increased durability and flexibility required for an active lifestyle.
Unfortunately, the new design brought about many problems. These included an increased failure rate, and metalloisis; a condition caused by toxic particles released into the bloodstream as a result of friction between the metal femoral head and acetubular cups of the implant. The Pinnacle system has been discontinued, and the ASR has been recalled.
In 2012 Smith and Nephew issued a recall of the metal liner of its R3 Acetabular System. The parts of this system come in different materials including plastic, metal and ceramic. When using the metal R3 liner, certain configurations of this system can cause the implant to be considered a metal on metal hip replacement.
The problems associated with this hip replacement system closely resemble that of other recalled implants. These include loosening of the implant, pain, device failure, metal toxicity and device failure. These issues lead to a higher than normal rate of revision surgeries.
Between 2009 and the 2012 recall, approximately 4000 liners were used in surgeries. Smith and Nephew are now facing litigation due to these defective products. If you had a metal Smith and Nephew R3 Acetubular Liner implanted, call 1-800-529-3476 for a free legal consultation.
Broadspire is the third-party claims administrator that has been hired by Stryker, Depuy and Johnson & Johnson to handle claims relating to their faulty hip replacements. This company may reach out to you if you have received a faulty hip replacement. While dealing with Broadspire, it is expected that they will attempt to gain access to your medical records and it is likely that this will require you to sign extensive documentation.
If you are contacted by Broadspire, we recommend that you do so with the assistance of one of our expert attorneys. The process can be confusing so it is easy to make a mistake that may jeopardize your chances for a settlement or future litigation. Our attorneys can help guide you through the process and documents to ensure that you are awarded the amount of compensation that you rightfully deserve.
If you have a faulty metal on metal hip replacement, hold the manufacturer accountable. It is alleged that these companies knew about the risks and failed to warn the public. Billions of dollars in settlements are expected to be paid in relation to these defective products. Call 1-800-529-3476 today for a free consultation.