Metal on Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuits & Settlements
JUSTICE LAW, JOINT REPLACEMENT LAW FIRM, PLANTATION FLORIDA
Here at Justice Law, we are highly skilled in representing clients in metal-on-metal hip replacement lawsuits. For years, we have helped them obtain favorable outcomes against a variety of negligent metal hip manufacturers. In addition to our strong legal knowledge, we are well-versed in the medical and technical aspects of defective metal-on-metal hip replacements.
Our attorneys are currently working on cases that involve hip brands such as:
- DePuy ASR
- DePuy Pinnacle by Johnson & Johnson
- Stryker ABG II
- Stryker Rejuvenate
- Zimmer Biomet Magnum M2a
- Zimmer Durom
- Wright Medical Conserve
- Wright Medical Profemur
Common Issues with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements
There are a number of problems that may arise with metal-on-metal hip replacements including:
Metallosis is a metal poisoning where small amounts of metal build up in the soft tissues of the body. When the metal head and metal cup of the implant rub together, metallosis may occur. The friction leads to tiny pieces of cobalt chromium that make their way into the hip and bloodstream, potentially destroying the bones, nerves, and muscles that surround the hip.
Believe it or not, many metal-on-metal hip patients do not yet face any symptoms, yet, the effect on them is shown through blood tests which reveal very high metal ion levels. Therefore, orthopedic surgeons often encourage patients with metal-on-metal hip implants to get their blood tested for metal ion levels every three months or so.
Frequently Asked Questions About Filing a Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit at Justice Law
If you believe you have a valid metal-on-metal hip replacement lawsuit, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll ask you a few questions so we can figure out whether we can represent you. In most cases, we’ll also request documentation like:
- Office chart from your orthopedic surgeon
- Surgery reports for the original joint replacement surgery and the revision
- Device records for the original surgery
Our attorneys will be happy to help you locate these records. Once we receive all of the information we need, we’ll get back to you and recommend next steps.
Contrary to popular belief, orthopedic surgeons are not usually at fault for defective hip replacements. Oftentimes, there is an issue with the device and your orthopedic surgeon can actually support your case. We can help you hold manufacturers, sellers, and distributors accountable for their negligence.
Justice Law is based in Plantation, Florida. However, we represent clients in metal-on-metal hip replacement cases across the country. So, if you have a valid case, we can serve you regardless of where you live.
There is a limited time period to file a lawsuit for any injuries you may have sustained from a faulty metal-on-metal hip replacement. For this reason, it’s vital to reach out to our firm as soon as possible.
Compared to other types of lawsuits, metal-on-metal hip replacements are quite complex. The good news is our firm has the technical and medical knowledge necessary to successfully represent these types of cases. We have a proven track record of securing positive outcomes for clients who have been hurt by defective metal-on-metal hip replacements.
We operate on a contingency basis, meaning you won’t owe us a penny unless we recover a settlement on your behalf. In the event you do collect a settlement, we’ll receive a percentage of it as our compensation. You won’t have to pay for your case out-of-pocket or worry about any hidden charges.
Types of Complications From Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements
The most common complications that stem from metal-on-metal hip replacements are as follows:
Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. There has been evidence that signifies that metal hip replacements can cause heart failure and other cardiovascular issues in patients.
Cobalt Chromium Toxicity
If cobalt and chromium metal debris from metal-on-metal hip replacements make their way into a patient’s bloodstream, they may face a hypersensitive immune response that can hinder their body.
Aseptic Lymphocyte-Dominant Vasculitis-Associated Lesions or (ALVAL), is a tissue reaction that forms around a metal-on-metal hip replacement. Essentially, metal particles combine with the body’s immune cells, causing the body to respond as if it is being attacked.
A pseudotumor is a big mass of soft tissue growth that appears around the hip joint. It can be solid or semi-liquid and usually forms when there is a poor reaction to metal debris.
Metallosis is when there is a buildup of metal debris in the soft tissues of the body. Common symptoms of this serious condition include heart damage that leads to chest pain and shortness of breath, kidney damage, thyroid damage, and nervous system damage.
Vision and Hearing Loss
Metal ions from metal-on-metal hip replacements that enter the bloodstream cause cobalt-chromium levels to increase. This may prompt metal poisoning, which often results in vision and hearing loss.
Metal on Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuits & Settlements
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