National Hip Replacement Lawyers Protecting the Rights of Those Harmed By Faulty Hip Implants
Medical device makers have a responsibility to their consumers to make safe and effective products. When they do not meet this responsibility, people suffer and the companies should be held accountable. However, these companies have teams of lawyers who attempt to make all their legal issues disappear. At Greg Jones Law, P.A., we can provide you with the powerful legal representation you need to take on these companies and receive the compensation you are entitled to. We know that a defective hip implant can cause severe pain and medical complications, a reduction in your quality of life, and loss of income that can lead to financial crises. If you or a loved one have been harmed by a recalled or defective hip implant, contact us today at (855)566-3752 for a free, confidential case evaluation.
What Makes and Models of Hip Replacements Are Known to Have Issues?
When you have a medical device surgically implanted into your body, you are trusting that device to be safe and effective for a long time. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Some defects in devices are not discovered until after many patients have received them. Sometimes they are then recalled. Other times they have not yet been recalled, but enough people have had issues with the implant to warrant legal action.
If you or a loved one had any of these hip replacement devices implanted and experienced issues, contact us to learn about your legal options:
● Smith & Nephew Products:
○ SMF Modular Stems – Implanted from 2009 to recall in 2016.
○ Redapt Modular Stem – Implanted from 2009 to recall in 2016.
○ BHR Total Hip (not Resurfacing) – Implanted from 2010 to 2014.
● Stryker products:
○ Rejuvenate / ABG II Modular – Implanted from 2009 to recall in 2012.
○ V40 Modular Heads – Implanted from 2007 to recall in 2016 / 2018.
● Omnilife Product:
○ Apex Arc – Implanted from 2009 to discontinuation in 2016.
What Injuries Can Occur From a Defective Hip Replacement?
Having a hip replacement is a major surgery with a long recovery time expected even when the replacement goes well. When there is a problem with the implant, it can cause major setbacks and issues. Having a defective implant can result in many medical problems, such as pain, swelling, dislocation, fractures, inability to put weight on the affected leg, weakness, limited mobility, degeneration or death of bone tissue, and grinding noises. These issues can eventually require revision surgery to replace the implant.
One of the scariest complications of certain metal on metal hip replacements is metal poisoning or metallosis. The friction of the metal components rubbing together over time can release tiny metal particles into your bloodstream, which can then trigger an immune response from your body. This can destroy nerves, bones, and muscles around the implant. There’s also some evidence it may cause organ damage. In some people, the levels of metals in their blood can be dangerously high without them having any obvious symptoms. If you have a metal-on-metal hip implant, you should talk to your doctor about having blood tests done to ensure you do not have high levels of heavy metals in your system. They will likely recommend you have the hip replaced with a safer implant. However, if your doctor recommends a new implant, it is a good idea to contact a lawyer before the surgery so your surgeon can preserve evidence and images from the surgery for your case.
What Compensation Can Be Recovered for a Faulty Hip Replacement?
Patients usually undergo hip replacement surgery when they have no other options for relieving their pain and regaining their mobility. So when a hip replacement fails due to a defective part, it can be incredibly discouraging, expensive, and stressful. If you have to go through these hardships due to a faulty implant, you deserve to be fairly compensated. Your compensation amount can vary depending on the terms of your settlement. That is why it is vital to hire an experienced lawyer who will fight to ensure that you receive fair and just reimbursement.
There’s a wide variety of complications that can arise from a failed hip replacement, which can impact many areas of your life. If the manufacturer is found to be at fault, they may have to pay you for these things:
● Pain and suffering: If your faulty implant caused you pain and impacted your mental health, you can be paid for what you had to endure.
● Medical expenses: If you needed revision surgery, testing, physical therapy, medications, or other medical services related to your hip implant, your lawyers can request reimbursement for these items.
● Lost income: A defective hip implant can sideline you from your work, resulting in lost wages. You may be compensated for any amount you lost and any financial hardships this caused you.
How Can Hiring a Lawyer Benefit You?
Having a lawyer on your side to fight for your interests is important when you are up against a large medical device company. They have legal representatives who are trying to save them money and protect their brand’s reputation. They are not concerned with whether their products have caused you severe difficulties and pain. We at Greg Jones Law, P.A. will provide you with the legal representation you need to get your life back on track after being a victim of a defective hip replacement. Our firm will aggressively fight to get you the fair compensation you deserve. If we do not successfully recover damages for you, you will not owe any legal fees. Contact us today for a free consultation: (855)566-3752.