Do You Suffer Because Of A Failed Artificial Hip?
Hip replacement surgery can restore many patients’ ability to perform everyday physical actions — such as walking and climbing stairs — that might previously have been difficult and painful because of injury or disease. Artificial hips should function smoothly and last a long time. However, Stryker — one of the top producers of artificial hips — and other manufacturers have had repeated problems with several devices.
A defective medical device can force you to endure an additional surgery to fix the painful, health-threatening problems with your artificial hip. If you suspect that your artificial hip is creating adverse medical issues, we can help.
Founded in 1979, Revo Law Firm, LLC assists patients who received defective hip implants. Our personal injury lawyer will pursue compensation for your replacement hip, follow-up operations, lost wages, pain, disability, diminished quality of life and the emotional trauma of having to undergo additional surgical procedures.
Problems Associated With Artificial Replacement Hips
Manufacturers produce a variety of artificial hips made out of ceramic, metal and plastics. The different models have produced a variety of problems for patients:
- Ceramic hips produce an embarrassing squeak in some patients. Doctors worry that the model may shatter and leave shards in the patient’s hip.
- Metal hips have leached metal into some patients’ bloodstreams, causing chronic systemic toxicity — including burning, sharp pains and weakness. These products were recalled because of potential corrosion and friction that permits minute shards of metal to enter patients’ tissues, bones and blood. Medical researchers have expressed concern that the metal shards are promoting cancer and other serious medical complications.
- ABG II modular-neck hip stem system is also made of metal and was recalled.
There Have Been Several Metal-On-Metal Hip Recalls
Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest health care products manufacturer, makes the Stryker and DePuy Orthopaedic ASR hip replacement implant devices, which uses the metal-on-metal design. Thousands of lawsuits resulting from defective designs and materials of the hip implant devices led to a recall of the implants starting in 2010. Zimmer pulled their hip replacement implants from the market in 2012 due to alleged design defects and the company’s failure to warn patients about the risks associated with the metal-on-metal device. Patients who received these devices may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Don’t Hesitate— Make An Appointment With A Lawyer
To ensure that you do not miss the statute of limitations for filing a product liability claim in New Mexico, consult our legal team as soon as possible. We will explain your options and formulate a plan at your free initial consultation. Schedule by calling 505-293-8888, or filling out our online contact form. Flexible office hours available.