Hip replacement is surgery to replace a worn-out or damaged hip joint by replacing the old joint with an artificial one. Ideally, hip replacements improve the quality of life for people suffering from severe joint damage or fractures. However, lawsuits against the manufacturers claim that faulty hip implants have caused serious complications and that the manufacturers were aware of the risks. Some complications of hip replacement surgery were so severe that the patients had to have another surgery to replace the faulty hip implant.

If you or someone you love have suffered severe hip replacement complications, contact Counsel Hound today for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation.

Hip Replacement Complications

Symptoms indicating a possible faulty hip replacement:[1]

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Limping
  • Noise from the hip joint

Adverse effects of a malfunctioning hip replacement:[2]

  • Device failure
  • Dislocation of the hip
  • Fatigue implant fracture
  • Increased pain
  • Infection (may occur months or years after surgery)
  • Loosening of hip
  • Metallosis
  • Nerve Damage

In a metal-on-metal implant, the metal ball and the metal cup slide against each other during daily activities such as walking or running. This creates unique complications in addition to general hip implant risks. When the metal slides against each other, metal particles are released. The patient may absorb some of the metal particles into their bloodstream. Despite the precautions taken by surgeons during the operation, there is no way to avoid metal particles’ production completely. The metal ions from the implant and metal particles produced may damage the surrounding bone and tissue of the implant/joint over time.[3]

Hip Replacement Manufacturers

  • DePuy Synthes Orthopedics
  • Smith and Nephew, Inc.
  • Stryker Orthopaedics
  • Wright Medical Group
  • Zimmer Biomet

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

The FDA does not believe sufficient evidence suggests that any controls would provide “reasonable assurance of the safety and effectiveness” of metal-on-metal hip implants. The implants were reclassified as Class III, the FDA’s most stringent review process, and required premarket approval applications to be filed by May 16, 2016. The agency announced there are no FDA-approved metal-on-metal total hip replacement devices.[4]

FDA Actions:

2011: All five U.S. manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices were required to conduct a post-market surveillance study of their devices.

2013: FDA proposed an order to require all metal on metal total hip implants to receive premarket approval, the FDA’s most stringent review process.

2016: The new premarket approval order went into effect. Since then, all metal-on-metal hip replacement manufacturers have been required to stop marketing their devices and submit premarket approval applications that must be approved before the devices can be marketed.

Hip Replacement Lawsuits

Thousands of patients have filed lawsuits against various manufacturers of hip replacement implants for the suffering they caused. Many lawsuits claim the manufacturers knew the risks associated with their products but failed to properly warn patients and medical providers. DePuy has paid over $5 billion since 2013 to settle hip replacement claims. Stryker paid out roughly $2 billion in settlements and verdicts for hip replacement lawsuits, and Biomet settled its 2014 lawsuits with a $56 million settlement. If you suffer from hip replacement complications, contact Counsel Hound for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation.

Why File a Lawsuit?

Filing a faulty hip replacement claim may help:

  • Victims of hip replacement complications focus on health and treatment.
  • Families afford the cost of their loved one’s medical expenses.
  • Hold manufacturers and companies accountable for their negligence.
  • Encourage other victims to seek fair compensation for their injuries.

Compensation

Hip replacement complications can leave you with physical, emotional, and financial hardships. Our Counsel Hound lawyers will work to maximize your settlement or award. Types of compensation you may be eligible for include economic and non-economic damages.

Economic Damages:

  • If you incurred medical expenses related to the diagnosis and treatment of your condition, we would work to have you reimbursed.
  • If the condition forced you to miss work or suffer a wage decrease at a new position, we would prove your losses with timesheets.
  • If you lost a loved one due to hip replacement complications, we would work to recover funeral or burial costs.

Non-Economic Damages:

Some damages cannot be proven with lost wages, property damages, etc., and you and your loved ones may face emotional suffering because of the condition. Our lawyers will work to include all available compensation in your case.