The Food and Drug Administration has warned that metal-to-metal hip hip replacements have a significantly higher failure rates when compared to implants made from other materials. According to the agency, these all-metal devices create unique health risks as wear causes metal particles to enter the patient’s bloodstream.
Total hip replacement or hip resurfacing patients sometimes receive a “metal-on-metal” hip implant in which the “ball and socket” of the device are both made from metal. Such metal-on-metal devices include: Biomet M2a Magnum Hip System, DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System, DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and Wright Conserve Plus Total Resurfacing System.
All artificial hip replacement systems have risks related to implant or material wear. However, according to the FDA, metal-on-metal hip replacements carry additional risks. When the metal ball and cup in one of these devices rub against each other, they can cause metal debris to be shed into the patient’s bloodstream. The accumulation of these metal fragments can lead to bone or tissue damage in the area surrounding the implant. This damage may cause the hip replacement to become loose, leading to pain, fractures, dislocation or other complications. Patients may also develop chromium or cobalt poisoning as a result of high levels of metal ions in their bloodstream.
Many lawsuits have already been filed and are proceeding against manufacturers of the metal-on-metal hip implants, and Heygood, Orr & Pearson is representing patients in many of these lawsuits. If you have a metal-on-metal hip implant, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. Every state has deadlines (statutes of limitations) that will prevent you from bringing a claim after a certain amount of time has passed. The exact amount of time allowed varies from state to state.
Heygood, Orr & Pearson is actively representing clients who have been injured as a result of defective hip implants. We have been and will be dedicating all resources necessary to pursuing these cases.
If you have been injured by a delinquent artificial joint manufacturer, contact Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free case evaluation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out the free case evaluation form on this page.