Defective Hip Implants Have Caused Serious InjuriesThe allegations against hip replacement product manufacturers stem from an issue with their design. Hip implants like Smith & Nephew's BHR Total Hip are created using a metal-on-metal design, which has caused serious health issues for many hip replacement recipients. The FDA has issued warnings about the dangers of these types of hip implant products. The wear and tear of normal activities like walking caused the metal components to rub against each other and create enough friction to shave off pieces of metal. These metal shavings or chips were then free to enter the bloodstream and cause serious health issues. Additionally, the integrity of the hip implant itself was compromised, often causing pain and diminishing function.
Examples of Injuries From Defective Hip Replacement Parts:
- Muscle and tissue damage
- Metallosis (metal poisoning)
- Severe chronic pain
What is Product Liability?Manufacturers have a responsibility to consumers to exercise reasonable caution when designing and producing their products. They also have a duty to warn users of potential risks associated with their product. This is known as a duty of care. If a consumer, or in this case, a patient, is injured as a result of their defective product, they can be held responsible for the resulting damages in a hip implant recall lawsuit. In fact, many companies have already settled with injured hip replacement recipients. In order for an injured party to recover damages in a product liability lawsuit, their legal representation must be able to demonstrate with a preponderance of the evidence in their favor that the manufacturer's negligence was directly responsible for their injuries and resulting damages. A qualified hip implant device attorney will be able to connect the links in the chain of causation in order to make a convincing claim for damages in a defective hip replacement device lawsuit.
Manufacturers of Faulty Hip Implants Can Be Found LiableHip replacement device manufacturers like Smith & Nephew, Stryker, and Omnilife are currently embroiled in defective hip implant lawsuits. Dolman Law Group has been a part of pursuing damages in defective hip implant lawsuits in order to help injured clients who were suffering from the effects of defective metal on metal hip implants. If you have received one of the listed hip replacement devices, we encourage you to consult your doctor and a hip implant lawyer as soon as possible to review your legal options for recourse.
Smith & Nephew Failed to Warn of Defective Hip Replacement ProductsHundreds of defective hip lawsuits allege that Smith & Nephew were aware of the risk attached to their products, but failed to inform doctors or patients of the potential for severe injury. This accusation is accompanied by claims that Smith & Nephew were negligent in the design of their hip replacement product, as the metal-on-metal design has clearly been demonstrated to be flawed. The recalled defective hip implants include:
- 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 Hip Replacement Products Linked to Serious Health IssuesStryker, another manufacturer of hip implant devices, has also come under fire for their role in producing dangerous hip implants that cause severe injury. The neck stems and taper locks of the metal-on-metal hip implant were the primary culprits, causing metal poisoning and an early deterioration of the implant. Despite settling with injured hip replacement recipients nearly a decade ago, Stryker has continued to use metal-on-metal designs for their hip replacement products, subjecting new patients to these dangerous devices. This has led to a slew of new Stryker hip replacement lawsuits. Defective Stryker hip replacement products include:
- Rejuvenate / ABG II Modular – Implanted from 2009 to Recall in 2012.
- V40 Modular Heads – Implanted from 2007 to recall in 2016 / 2018.
Omnilife Hip Implant Product Responsible for Injury to Hip Replacement PatientsPart of the appeal of the Omnilife hip replacement device was supposed to be that it was customizable. This design was supposed to allow surgeons to use a size that was most appropriate for their patients. Unfortunately, the metal-on-metal design caused hip replacement patients significant issues, including metal poisoning and loss of functionality. In many cases, hip replacement recipients needed a second operation to remove and replace the defective product. Right now, we are pursuing claims related to Omnilife's defective hip replacement device:
- Apex Arc – Implanted from 2009 to 2016 Discontinuation.
Exactech Hip Implants With Degraded Polyethylene LinersThe Connexion GXL Acetabular Polyethylene Hip Implant Liner by Exactech is a compromised component of several hip implant systems. Exactech has since put out a recall in 2021 over the product due to- “Risk of edge-loading and premature prosthesis wear is possible in a specific subset of patients with certain implant configurations and surgical implant positioning.”. This premature hip liner wear puts recipients of hip replacements that utilize this component at risk for health problems like osteolysis of the bones, synovitis, failure of the hip replacement, and the need to undergo revision surgery for their implant. the following are the hip replacement implant systems that have been identified as using this defective Exactech product.
- MCS Hip System
- Novation GXL
- Acumatch GXL
What Defective Hip Implant Damages Can I Recover?Hip replacement surgery often entails a serious recovery. Unfortunately, after receiving a defective hip implant, many patients require a second hip replacement surgery. In effect, that means that patients who have been injured by defective hip replacement products have often incurred extensive financial and non-economic losses. Economic damages are those that have a set monetary value, such as the cost of a wheelchair. Non-economic damages are more difficult to evaluate as they are often intangible, but nevertheless legitimate. For example, a grandfather who suffered complications from a defective hip implant might be forced to forgo a trip to visit his grandchildren while he recovers in the hospital.
Examples of Defective Hip Implant Damages:
- Medical bills
- Hospital stays
- Physical therapy
- Mobility aids
- Home healthcare aide
- Job-related losses
- Lost wages
- Missed promotions
- Reduced earning capacity
- Loss of career
- Job retraining
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life