As you get older, your joints begin to suffer from decades of wear and tear, especially hips and knees. Eventually, it often becomes necessary to have one or both of your hips surgically replaced. Advances in medical technology have enabled people to regain a great deal of mobility due to a replaced hip. Unfortunately, when the company that creates the artificial hip is negligent in designing it or physically manufacturing it, the results can be terrible and even life threatening. Defective hips can limit the mobility of users, as well as cause them prolonged pain and swelling. If you are dealing with a defective hip implant, it is important that you contact our Tampa product liability lawyers at The Florida Law Group for information regarding taking legal action.
Our firm has experience handling claims involving the following kinds of hip implants:
We are committed to helping those who have suffered an injury due to a company’s negligence, and to hold them accountable for their actions. In some cases, companies will continue to manufacture a specific product despite evidence that it’s defective, and in some cases, the information was actually suppressed. You may be entitled to compensation for damages and we will assist you in pursing legal action against the firm who provided the defective knee replacement.
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Biomet creates implants that are designed to replace the hip, knee, and shoulder. These hip implants involve metal on metal design structures, which can cause serious problems in patients, including metallosis. This is an illness that occurs when metal particles are released into the blood from the artificial joint, causing poisoning. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received hundreds of reports of complications that used the M2a Hip Implant line of products manufactured by Biomet.
DePuy Orthopaedics has created several hip replacement products that also used metal-on-metal technology in order to help eliminate the problem of device failure due to overuse. The metal-on-metal hip systems have inherent problems with their design and can cause metallosis, infection, immobility or painful dislocation. DePuy is a subdivision of Johnson & Johnson and has recalled some of its hip systems due to reports of adverse effects on patients. DePuy had to recall their ASR XL Acetabular System in recent years after approximately 40% of all clients that received the ASR XL implant suffered adverse effects and required a second hip replacement surgery to fix the problem.
Smith & Nephew is another medical technology manufacturer that created an R3 Acetabular Hip System that was used in many hip surgeries. The company was proud of their innovative hip design which was supposed to be used to treat severe wounds, broken bones, and sports injuries. Unfortunately, their system was recalled in 2012 after many patients suffered painful dislocations, infections or bone fractures from the product.
Stryker is another medical products company that had to recall two different hip implant devices in 2012. The company remained largely unscathed by the controversy over all-metal hip devices but was confronted with complaints due to their innovative Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems. These products involve various parts and were designed to give surgeons greater flexibility by offering them more anatomically correct implant components. The systems have a tendency to corrode after implantation, causing the loosening of the implant, and the release of toxic metals into the patients’ blood stream.
Another hip replacement that has caused significant problems is created by Zimmer and uses something that a company calls Kinectiv Modular-Neck Technology. These hips also use the metal-on-metal design but use forged metal to make the implant more durable. Unfortunately, the poor construction of the Zimmer Durom Cup caused great pain in patients and many individuals had to go back into surgery due to loose implants. The fixation surface wasn’t adequate as well.
Lastly, Wright Medical has been designing, manufacturing and marketing joint implants since 1950. This company created two items called the CONSERVE Plus and the PROFRMUR Z system which both have proven to have high failure rates. The FDA has received reports of more than 200 adverse events of device failures and severe pain in the hip and groin area. The metal on metal design has also caused many individuals to suffer serious metal poisoning.
While some swelling, pain and reduced mobility are common right after surgery, if they persist it could be a sign that the implant isn’t performing properly. Our Tampa personal injury lawyers can assist you in filing a claim for damages if you had this hip replacement. We are extremely experienced at filing product liability claims and are available to assist you with filing an individual claim, filing a mass tort claim, or participating in a class action lawsuit.
In most cases, Florida’s statute of limitations requires a person to file a personal injury claim within two years, though in certain circumstances, the deadline can be extended to four years. We will work directly with you to advise you on how best to pursue legal action against the firm that manufactured the defective hip implant. With more than 100 years of collective experience in product liability and defective medical device cases, our firm has the necessary skill and commitment to help you get your claim resolved.
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