Metal Hip Implants
When a new generation of metal hip implants came on the market, they were hailed for their safety and longevity. Much of this was due to the use of metals like titanium to make up some or all of the implant.
Less than a decade later, several of these devices have been recalled due to high rates of failure and painful complications. Some hip manufacturers have offered to pay millions to settle lawsuits brought by thousands of injured people.
If you or a loved one required revision surgery to fix a failed hip implant, we may be able to help you. Michael Brady Lynch is an experienced nationwide medical device attorney.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation so you can learn how we may be able to help.
‘Metal-on-Metal’ Hip Replacements
The Food and Drug Administration warned in 2013 that the components of metal hip implants can grind together over time, causing serious complications and sending tiny shards of metal into the body.
Complications from metal hip implants may include:
- Severe pain
- Grinding noises
- Metallosis (metal poisoning)
- Revision surgery
Revision surgery is a painful ordeal that may mean missed work, pricy medical bills and emotional suffering. This is why thousands of people have filed lawsuits against the company that made the hip implant that has caused them so much suffering.
The hip implants with these potential dangers are made by several companies. The models include:
- ASR™ XL
- Exceed ABT™
- ABG II
- Conserve® Plus
- Durom® cup
- VerSys Hip system
Metal Hip Implants Regulatory Shortcuts
The FDA approved most of the metal hips under a provision known as 501(k). These hip implants are part of nationwide lawsuits. This controversial process allows for an expedited approval if the device is similar to a previously approved device.
This means that these metal hip implants were not subject to the rigorous safety testing other medical devices go through before they hit the market.
Johnson & Johnson $1 Billion Settlement
In December 2016, A Texas federal jury found Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. liable for more than $1 billion in a six-plaintiff bellwether trial. The jurors deliberated for less than a day before finding Johnson & Johnson and Depuy negligently designed the hip implant, failed to warn surgeons about dangers and concealed the implant’s risk. Each plaintiff will receive between $4-$6 million in damages for physical injuries and pain and suffering. Plus, more than $500 million in punitive damages after the jury found the companies acted fraudulently and potentially with malice.
The next bellwether trial will be in September 2017.
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Contact us today at (877) 513-9517 or fill out the form on this page to speak with us if you or a loved one has suffered due to a metal hip implant. There is no cost and no obligation to find out how we can help you. You need to learn about your options.