A metal-on-metal hip implant is an artificial hip device, in which the “ball and socket” of the device are both made out of metal. Even though hip replacements are known to increase mobility and reduce pain of a patient who has an aged or injured hip joint, in recent years there have numerous accounts of patients suffering significant complications from these devices. Often times, patients with these hip replacement devices may need to have them removed due to defect issues with the parts.
In fact, in 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a Safety Communication warning about complications from metal-on-metal hip implants. This warning advised patients that when the two metal parts of the device – the “ball and socket” – rub together, they release metal ions in the blood and surrounding tissues. This can cause Adverse Local Tissue Reaction (ALTR) or damage to tissue surrounding the implant.
ALTR can cause several harmful problems to a patient including inflammation or fluid buildup. Other serious complications patients are suffering from include:
- Metallosis or metal toxicity poisoning
- Severe joint pain
- Hip revision surgery
- Implant failure
- Implant component loosening
- Deterioration and death of bone around device
- Cysts and psuedotumors
Filing a Michigan Lawsuit For Complications From Hip Replacement
When a patient suffers significant problems due to a defective artificial hip implant, it can give rise to a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the device. At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. our top rated attorneys are currently accepting cases involving patients who have been suffering from significant problems noted with metal-on-metal hip replacement parts, including those made by DePuy Orthopaedics, Stryker Orthopaedics, Zimmer Holdings, Wright Medical Technology, Biomet Inc., and Smith & Nephew.
For more information on whether or not you have a legal claim against the medical manufacturer for complications that arose from your metal-on-metal hip replacement, call our award winning law firm today at (800) 606-1717. Our Michigan hip implant attorneys will discuss your case with you and explain your rights. We will also determine whether or not you have legal basis to file a lawsuit. Call now for your free, no obligation consultation! We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means no legal fees or costs until we win your case.