The Stryker Corporation sold defective hip implants that injured and poisoned patients across the country. Stryker produced and sold hip implants with multiple metal-on-metal moving parts, which ground against each other, releasing shards of metal and toxic into patients' bodies.
Stryker Orthopaedics has initiated a recall for specific lots and sizes of the Femoral Head products manufactured by the company as a component in hip implants in total hip replacement surgeries.
Stryker Orthopaedics has initiated a recall for specific lots and sizes of the V40 Femoral Head products manufactured by the company as a component in hip implants in total hip replacement surgeries.
Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., sold nearly a hundred thousand surgically implanted ASR hip replacement systems, knowing that these all-metal devices had a high incidence of failure, required repeat surgery to replace them after a short time and introduced toxic metal shards into the bodies of patients who received them.
While the OMNI hip replacement has not been recalled in the USA, this product has already come under scrutiny in some other countries.
Hip replacement surgery can vastly improve quality of life by increasing mobility and reducing joint pain.
Meyers & Flowers trial attorneys have been vigilantly practicing hip litigation in Chicago and across the United States for years. Hip replacement surgeries are rising, with baby boomers aging, the largest national demographic. The American Joint Replacement Registry Annual Report most recently stated that from 2012 through 2017, hip replacement procedures have risen from 45,500 per year to over 280,000 annually. In fact, almost one million hip replacement surgeries have been completed in just the past five years.
This kind of demand for relatively new technology can be accompanied by several liabilities:
- Inadequately trained surgeons
- Untested procedures
- Improper or erroneous physical examination and diagnoses
- Errors made during surgery
- Faulty hip replacement devices
As Meyers & Flowers trial lawyers have found, in many cases the issues have been with the medical devices themselves.
Hip Replacements: What Can Go Wrong?
An artificial hip procedure addresses hip joint deterioration that is causing pain, stiffness and poor mobility. The parts of an artificial hip are largely composed of three general materials:
- Metal: Cobalt chromium or titanium.
- Ceramic: smoother than polished metal but more brittle and breakable.
- Polyethylene: this is used in the socket part of the hip joint.
Combinations of components are referred to by various terms such as metal-on-metal, metal-on-ceramic, ceramic-on-ceramic, metal-on polyethylene and ceramic-on-polyethylene. The problem is that each combination carriers its own unique risks and possible complications. Meyers & Flowers is one of the top law firms in Chicago with a practice that covers cases throughout the U.S. We are currently engaged in a number of defective medical product cases on behalf of clients and families who have sustained injury or death as a result of these products.
Common Complications and Hip Litigation
Some of the most common complications of defective hip replacement materials or placement can have a wide range of symptoms and issues:
- A dislocation of the joint
- Chronic pain that does not abate as the surgery heals
- Implant site fracture
- Bone loss
- Nerve paralysis or numbness of the sciatic or femoral nerve
- Metal toxicity
- Limbs different in length
- Dangerous blood clots
- Hip material detachment or working loose
Why Choose Meyers & Flowers Chicago Trial Lawyers?
Hip litigation is a highly complex field requiring a great deal of experience navigating what is and isn’t considered an actionable liability. With billions of dollars at stake, medical product manufacturers hire aggressive legal representation to minimize claims against their companies.
Meyers & Flowers lawyers are seasoned trial lawyers who have successfully held medical device manufacturers accountable for products that have led to pain and suffering and further damage rather than the restored mobility promised.
If you or a family member are one of the thousands of patients who have been victimized by hip replacement materials or surgery, we may be able to give you the kind of help you really need. There have been many cases where medical manufacturers failed to issue warnings about the risks and/or harmful side effects/defects they were aware of – but did not disclose.
Depending upon your specific case, we can help you gain financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, caregiver expenses, loss of consortium, pain and suffering or other damages.