Decades of Problems Caused by Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements
At Phelan Petty, we’ve seen the harm that dangerous and defective metal-on-metal hip implants can cause. Due to their construction, many of these hip replacement systems cause pain, swelling, and other injuries because of corrosion and fretting. Some victims have even experienced metallosis, or metal poisoning, which occurs when tiny fragments of the metal hip implants break off and enter the patient’s bloodstream.
Two of the companies that have been involved in the most lawsuits over defective hip replacement systems are Stryker and DePuy.
Stryker Hip Systems:
Stryker Recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II hip systems in 2012 because they failed quickly. Many patients faced another hip replacement surgery within two to four years after receiving a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II system.
The newest Stryker metal-on-metal hip lawsuits involve its LFIT system, with the first LFIT trial currently scheduled for 2019.
DePuy Orthopedics Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants:
Johnson & Johnson, who owns DePuy, voluntarily recalled the company’s ASR hip implant systems due to high levels of failure. However, Johnson & Johnson has not done the same with DePuy’s Pinnacle hip implant systems.
Numerous people across the country allege that they suffered serious injuries, including metal poisoning, due to these metal-on-metal hip systems, and so far, juries across the United States have overwhelmingly sided with injured patients when examining these claims.
While companies like Stryker and DePuy have resolved some of their hip replacement claims, others are still pending.
Contact Us for Help if You’re Suffering from Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Complications in Virginia
Since 1990, the Phelan Petty team has successfully represented people injured by hip replacement devices manufactured by Sulzer, DePuy, Stryker, Zimmer, Wright, and Biomet. We continue to apply our extensive knowledge about metal-on-metal hip replacement injuries to advocate for the newest victims of these devices.
If you’re suffering from complications after receiving a metal-on-metal hip replacement, we recommend that you first contact your surgeon for a consultation. However, before you agree to remove your implant and return it to the manufacturer, you should consult with one of our attorneys. You will likely need to have your hip implant preserved to prove that it was defective, and we can help make sure this happens.
To get a free, no-risk assessment of your case from one of our experienced Virginia injury attorneys, contact us today.