Suffering an injury of any kind can leave you feeling distraught and frustrated. Sometimes, injuries can cause extreme physical pain. You may even need surgery to help you recover. Sometimes, from an injury or other ailment, you may need a hip replacement. While sometimes scary, it has become a fairly routine procedure that can improve your quality of life. Unfortunately, not all procedures go as intended, and some recipients of Omnilife hip replacements have suffered serious harm after their surgery. If you or a loved one was given a failed Omnilife hip replacement, you may seek compensation under the law. To find out for sure, speak with the trusted hip replacement lawyers at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, and Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, today. We have years of experience pursuing product liability claims against big corporations like Omnilife, and the resources to do so successfully when a company's faulty product injures one of our clients. We're ready to see if we can help you.
Why You May Need a Hip Replacement
People get hip replacements for many reasons. The most common reason is arthritis damage. This can include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteonecrosis. When you notice any of the following symptoms, your doctor might recommend a hip replacement:
Persistent hip pain even with medication
Hip pain that worsens with walking
Inability to go about your daily life
Difficulty standing up
You need to discuss any of these symptoms with your doctor. Understanding your options and what to do next can give you peace of mind that you have a path forward to relieve your pain and suffering. Unfortunately, for some Omnilife hip replacement victims, the hip replacement they received only made matters worse. If you or a loved one is in this unfortunate situation, you need to speak with an experienced product liability lawyer today.
Why You May Need a Second Hip Replacement
Needing one hip replacement is bad enough. If your doctor tells you that you need a second hip replacement surgery, you could feel confused. Most people think the first hip replacement surgery would handle their needs. But hip replacements can fail for a variety of reasons. Some hip replacement components wear out over time and you must replace them. Your doctor will discuss this with you and prepare you for having certain parts replaced. However, some hip replacements fail at alarming rates. This often happens because the parts that make up the hip replacement are not properly manufactured. In this instance, you would also need a hip replacement, probably sooner than intended, and with more serious consequences. A recent study showed that recipients of Omnilife hip replacements had a higher risk of stem migration and metal corrosion. These two serious medical issues led to a recommendation that anyone with these hip replacement components immediately have them removed and replaced with other components. Not only can this result in a painful and worrisome experience, it can also become extremely costly. That is why you must speak with a seasoned hip replacement lawyer as soon as possible. You need to understand your options for holding Omnilife accountable for the pain and suffering they have caused you. With the right lawyer at your side, you can collect every dollar you deserve.
Symptoms of a Hip Replacement Failure
You should count on your hip replacement lasting between 20 and 25 years. Some replacements may last longer and some may require you to get new parts put in sooner. But you should generally expect to have many years before you would need a second replacement. For most people, the first sign of trouble is pain. You may find it difficult to stand or walk. You may even notice swelling around your hips. A sign of a hip replacement failure is when you hear a squeaking noise when you walk. This can actually signal an emergency. In rare cases, the ball may slip out of the socket, requiring emergency surgery. In the worst cases, defective components cause your hip replacement failure. Unfortunately, part manufacturers may use people like you as unwitting test subjects by putting dangerous and untested devices in your body. Several hip implant devices contain unreasonably dangerous and defective parts which can cause issues, including:
Loosening of the implant
All of these issues were preventable and only serve to cause you more harm and discomfort. As a result, you could be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. To find out for sure, speak with a knowledgeable hip replacement attorney today.
Omnilife Artificial Hip Systems
The Omnilife artificial hip system is a modular system designed to give your doctor the ability to customize the hip replacement for each patient. In theory, this is great. It can lead to a better fitting hip replacement. Like many other hip replacement systems, the Omnilife system is made with metal parts. But metal rubbing against metal can cause serious issues. Within just a few short years, instead of the average 20 to 25, Omnilife hip replacement patients have had to undergo a second surgery to remove and replace the entire system. When metal rubs against metal, that can result in serious medical issues, including metal poisoning, called metallosis. When the metal rubs together, tiny pieces wear off and enter your bloodstream. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that these types of systems are known to increase the risk of metallosis. Hip replacement marketing would tell you that these metal hip systems are more durable. In reality, they are prone to breakage. The Omnilife hip replacement system has been prone to break more often than alternatives. Because of the issues discovered with the Omnilife hip replacement systems, many patients have had to have the system surgically removed. The system has been banned for use in Australia but, despite the clear issues, is still used in the United States. If you or a loved one has been fitted with an Omnilife hip replacement system and now experience problems or have had to have surgery to remove and replace the Omnilife system, you should consider speaking with a lawyer about your options. You may have had to endure a second hip replacement because of the failure of Omnilife to provide you with a safe product. A lawyer can help you hold them accountable for your suffering and help you collect every dollar you deserve.
Hardships You May Face
While hip replacements have become more common in recent years, they are still invasive surgeries that require extensive preparation and time to heal. When you suffer an issue that requires you to undergo a second hip replacement surgery in a short amount of time, you could face many additional and unnecessary issues. You could face:
Extended time out of work
High prescription drug costs
Multiple doctor visits
Long hospital stays
Extended home care
All of these issues not only could have been prevented, but they could also cost you a great sum of money. Because of the failure of Omnilife to provide you with a safe and defect-free product, you have to endure multiple rounds of surgeries. This does not come cheap. This should also not be your burden to bear alone. The negligence of Omnilife warrants attempts to hold them accountable so you do not have to pay out of your own pocket for all of the damage. But it is not just medical bills that could put you in financial hardship. When you have to deal with multiple surgeries and extended rehabilitation, you may miss work. While your employer may be understanding, they might not cover your salary for the time you can't work. That means you could end up without any income or in a situation where your family is forced to take on additional work to cover the loss of your income. Your inability to collect income at this time is not your fault and you and your family should not bear the burden. The responsibility to cover your expenses and your financial losses should fall on Omnilife, if you received a defective hip replacement from it. To do that, you need to work with an attorney who has experience battling these big manufacturers with success. You need someone who understands the issues and knows the path forward. Working with the right lawyer can make a difference in your ability to recover the compensation you need to make a complete recovery.
When you file a personal injury claim or product liability claim against Omnilife, your goal is to recover compensation for your injuries. They caused your harm so they should be the ones responsible for your bills and financial losses. Your lawyer may try to get you compensation for:
Pain and suffering
Lost earning potential
Loss of companionship
Loss of life enjoyment
Present and future medical bills
Home renovation costs
You could face astronomical medical bills and financial losses from Omnilife's negligence. You deserve the chance to hold them accountable for your pain and suffering. Your best chance of making a full recovery is to work with an experienced hip replacement lawyer who has your best interests at heart.
You have a limited time in which to file a claim against Omnilife—and when you think about everything you will deal with during that time, it will go by much faster than you may realize. That is why your best chance of recovering every dollar you deserve is to speak with a trusted hip replacement lawyer as soon as possible. Once you realize that your Omnilife hip replacement system has failed, call a lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation under the law. By speaking with a lawyer as soon as you can, you can get your legal team working on your financial recovery while you work on your physical recovery. Doing this has the added benefit of helping you recover faster. When you release the stress and worry over your financial needs and legal complexities by letting your chosen legal representative carry that burden, you can focus all of your effort and energy on your wellbeing.
Speak With Our Lawyers Today
Your ability to collect damages for your pain and suffering can depend on the lawyer you choose. You want a lawyer with experience dealing with hip replacement and medical device manufacturers. Your lawyer also needs to understand the medical complexities in the hip replacement space. To do that, your lawyer should have contacts with medical experts they can rely on to help give a clear understanding of your case. You also want a lawyer that is not afraid to stand up to the big insurance companies and protect your rights. While most personal injury claims settle out of court, sometimes more complex claims like hip replacement defects go to trial because the insurance company refuses to settle for a fair and reasonable amount. We know you want to put this behind you as quickly as possible but we also want to make sure that you do not get stuck paying out of pocket for your medical expenses. The best way to do that is by working with an attorney and medical experts to make the best case possible for a fair settlement amount. But the case may go to trial. The right attorney for you would know how to prepare for trial and will do so from day one. While the goal is certainly to settle your case quickly, if the insurance company refuses to settle for a fair amount, then the attorney can continue to prepare for trial. Not all law firms have the resources to handle such complexities. Make sure you choose a legal team that can deliver on their promises. If you or a loved one has been the victim of Omnilife's negligence, do not delay in speaking with a trusted hip replacement lawyer. You deserve to have an advocate on your side, someone with your best interests at heart. Contact an attorney at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, and Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, today to learn about your legal options. With offices across both Florida coasts, you can easily reach Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, and Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, at 833-552-7274, or you can write to us using our online contact page.
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This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has represented over 11,000 injury victims and has served as lead counsel in over 1000 lawsuits. Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.