Compensation for injuries you suffered because of a defective medical device
Hip replacement surgery can restore many patients' ability to perform everyday physical actions — such as walking and climbing stairs — that might previously have been difficult and painful because of injury or disease. Artificial hips are supposed to be built to function smoothly and to last a long time. However, Stryker — one of the top producers of artificial hips — has had repeated problems with several of its devices.
Founded in 1979, Revo Smith Law assists patients who received defective hip implants. Our personal injury lawyers pursue compensation for your replacement hip, follow-up operations, lost wages, pain, disability, diminished quality of life and the emotional trauma of having to undergo additional surgical procedures.
Problems associated with Stryker hips
Stryker produces a variety of artificial hips made out of ceramic, metal and plastics. The different models have produced a variety of problems for patients, including:
- Trident ceramic hips produce an embarrassing squeak in some patients. Doctors worry that the model may shatter and leave shards in the patient's hip.
- Rejuvenate metal hips have leached metal into some patients' bloodstreams, causing chronic systemic toxicity — including burning, sharp pains and weakness. Stryker has recalled the product because of potential corrosion and friction that permits minute shards of metal to enter patients' tissues, bones and blood. Medical researchers have expressed concern that the metal shards may also promote cancer and other serious medical complications.
- ABG II modular-neck hip stemsystem is also made of metal and was recalled by Stryker for the same reasons as its Rejuvenate model.
Metal-on-metal hip replacement product recalls
Johnson & Johnson, the world's largest health care products manufacturer, makes the DePuy Orthopaedic ASR hip replacement implant devices, which uses the metal-on-metal design. The thousands of lawsuits resulting from defective designs and materials of the hip implant devices led to a recall of the implants starting in 2010.
Zimmer pulled their hip replacement implants from the market in 2012 due to alleged design defects, and the company' failure to warn patients about the risks associated with the metal-on-metal device.
As a result of these metal on metal hip replacement product recalls, and all of the injuries, pain and suffering they have caused in the lives of the patients that have received them, the FDA proposed new regulations in 2013 related to the risks of the metal-on-metal hip implants, and hip replacements in general.
What you can do to fix the issue
A defective medical device can force you to endure a second traumatic surgery to fix the painful, health-threatening problems with your artificial hip. If you suspect that your artificial hip is creating adverse medical issues, we recommend you promptly discuss your concerns with your doctor to develop a plan of action for restoring your good health. To ensure that you do not miss the statute of limitations for filing a product liability claim in New Mexico, we advise you to consult with our legal team as soon as possible. We explain your options and formulate a strategic plan of action at your free initial consultation.