Thousands of patients have enjoyed renewed mobility after hip replacement surgeries. When this surgery goes well, patients can find relief from pain and disability due to arthritis or a fracture. Unfortunately, defective hip replacement devices are causing more harm than good for many patients. If you or a loved one experienced adverse health complications or required additional surgeries after receiving a hip replacement, contact our defective hip replacement lawyers in New York City for a free initial consultation. You could be eligible for compensation from the product manufacturer.
Suffering an injury, infection, or illness because of a defective medical product is a serious situation. The manufacturer of the item could be liable, or legally responsible, for your damages. Do not suffer in silence. Speak to an attorney about your right to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer responsible. A lawyer can organize the facts of your case, make the filling process more efficient, and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. You can focus on your physical recovery while your New York City hip replacement lawyer handles your financial one.
Thousands of patients have come forward with complaints regarding their allegedly defective hip replacement devices. Metal-on-metal hip replacements fail the most often. The metal ball and socket could wear down and shed metal particles within the body over time. These hip replacement systems are not safe for use for patients. Patients have suffered physical pain, disabilities, illnesses, and revision surgeries because of their defective implants.
The brands and their implants involved in ongoing hip replacement lawsuits include:
If you have experienced any adverse events after receiving a metal-on-metal hip replacement device, seek counsel from an attorney. The manufacturer of the defective hip replacement system could be liable for creating the potentially harmful device and/or failing to warn doctors and consumers of known risks.
Several major manufacturers have issued a steady stream of hip replacement recalls over the past decade due to serious safety issues.
The metal on metal implant was often used between 2006 and 2015 when patients needed partial hip resurfacing or a complete hip replacement. The implant was recalled in June 2015 after studies concluded that the device was resulting in an alarmingly high rate of complications, requiring revision surgery.
Zimmer Biomet initiated a voluntary recall in 2015 of some of its M/L Taper Hip Prosthesis implants and its M/L Taper Hip Prosthesis implants with Kinectiv Technology. This came after reports of toxic materials being left behind during manufacturing, leading the products to contain dangerously high cytotoxicity levels. The recall was labeled by the FDA as a Class 1, the most serious type.
Depuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, announced a recall in 2010 of nearly 100,000 DePuy ASR hip implants, specifically the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. Studies completed on the ASR systems reportedly showed that both implants had unusually high early failure rates. Although many adverse events have been reported related to DePuy’s Pinnacle hip implants as well, a recall has not been issued.
A recall on the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II was issued in July, 2012. This was due to risks of corrosion and fretting at the modular neck junction, which can cause serious pain, swelling, and possibly metal poisoning in patients. Four years later, in 2016, the company recalled Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head for often failing prematurely, resulting in patients needing to undergo revision surgeries.
Unfortunately, by the time a recall has been issued, dozens or possibly hundreds of patients have already suffered serious complications or injuries. Many hip implant manufacturers, such as Smith & Nephew and Stryker as of recently, are facing defective hip replacement lawsuits in multidistrict litigation (MDL).
MDLs are designed to efficiently handle numerous similar complex lawsuits. This is done by combining similar lawsuits that are pending in different districts against one defendant for pretrial discovery and proceedings. If the case is not dismissed or a settlement has not been reached, individual cases will be transferred back to their transferor court for trial.
The first set of lawsuits against Smith & Nephew for their Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System to be combined into single litigation took place in 2017, as decided by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. As of April 2019, the company is facing nearly 600 lawsuits that are in the pre-trial stages.
A group of 21 lawsuits were combined in November 2018 in New York by a federal panel against Zimmer, for their devices the Zimmer M/L Taper Hip Prosthesis and Versys Femoral Head. Fifty nine lawsuits are pending in early stages of MDL, as of April 2019.
Across the country, there are more than 14,500 cases that are still pending against defective hip implant manufacturers.
You do not have to deal with a defective hip replacement alone. The attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, PC are available to help. We can investigate your incident, document your injuries, collect evidence, and file a claim against the product manufacturer on your behalf. We can then fight for fair and full compensation for your related pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, disability expenses, and more. Schedule your free consultation in NYC today. Initial consultations are confidential and obligation free. Find out if you have a claim.