Our Michigan hip replacement lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. handle cases involving patients, just like you, who have suffered injuries or significant problems after receiving a defective artificial hip replacement implant. Lawsuits have been filed throughought the United States for these defective medical devices. If you have been harmed by a defective hip, we can help.
Which Artificial Hip Companies Can I Sue for a Defective Implant?
We 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, Zimmer, Wright, and Biomet. Patients with these hip replacement devices may need to have them removed due to defects found in the components. When a patient suffers significant problems due to a defective artificial device, it can give rise to a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the medical device. These defective hip replacement lawsuits often result in significant settlements.
What is a Hip Replacement?
A metal-on-metal hip replacement is an artificial limb implant, in which the “ball and socket” components of the device are made from metal. A hip replacement is used for treatment of patients who suffer from hip joint deterioration or have hips damage due to arthritis, fractures, or other conditions. However, even though these artificial medical devices are known to increase mobility and reduce pain of a patient who has an aged or injured hip joint, recent studies have identified several complications associated with these devices. In fact, in February of 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public safety communication about the metal-on-metal hip devices, saying that after a joint replacement surgery, if you experience pain or have other new medical concerns or issues to talk to your doctor or orthopaedic surgeon.
What are the Criteria for Filing a Hip Replacement Lawsuit?
The FDA has ordered a review of all metal-on-metal hip implants due to mounting patient complaints. Problems with metal-on-metal include, but are not limited to loosening, metallosis (ie: tissue or bone death), fracturing, and/or corrosion and fretting of these devices, which require revision surgery. Many patients that require revision surgery due to these devices suffer significant post-revision complications.
We are investigating all cases involving metal-on-metal hip implants, including the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR XL Acetabular System and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System, recalled in August 2010; the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems, recalled in July 2012; the Stryker LFIT Anatomic v40 Femoral Head (recalled August 29, 2016); the DePuy Pinnacle, the Zimmer Durom Cup, the Wright Conserve, and the Biomet M2A “38mm” and M2A-Magnum hip replacement systems, which have not been recalled. Reported problems include pain, swelling and problems walking.
DePuy Hip Replacement LawsuitsOur DePuy hip replacement lawyers can help if you or someone you care about suffered severe complications from a Depuy hip replacement device. The criteria for filing a DePuy hip replacement lawsuit include:
- Implanted with a DePuy ASR hip implant, Pinnacle Ultamet, or Metal-on-Metal liner
- Underwent hip revision surgery to remove the device after November 2013 or is scheduled for revision surgery
Stryker Hip Replacement LawsuitsThe following criteria must be met to be eligible to file a Stryker hip implant lawsuit:
- Patient implanted with the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II modular hip stem
- Had implant done after January 1, 2007
- Revision surgery and non-revision surgery cases are accepted
Wright Hip Replacement LawsuitsThe criteria for filing a Wright hip replacement lawsuit include the following:
- Patient implanted with the Wright Conserve "Dynasty" or "Lineage" hip implant
- Patient had revision surgery to remove the device
- Evidence of metallosis
What is the Compensation in a Hip Replacement Lawsuit?
Some of the complications a patient suffers from after having hip replacement surgery is due to the materials used in the actual hip implant device. Metallosis, one of the most serious complications of a hip replacement, happens when metal debris, created from the grinding of the metal implant pieces, poisons the body. Other serious side effects of hip implants include osteolysis, a complication that occurs when the body attempts to remove the debris created by the implant. This can result in loss of bone, implant dislocation, infection, heterotopic ossification (soft tissue becomes calcified), avascular necrosis (bone death), loosening of the hip implant, and fracture injuries. In addition to these complications, revision surgeries for further repair may also be required of a patient who suffers sever injury due to the initial procedure and hip replacement device.
Patients suffering serious complications and injuries after having a metal-on-metal hip replacement surgery do have legal rights. Many times, these situations result in lawsuits against the device makers. Due to the manufacturers failure to not only produce a safe product but fail to warn individuals of the defective and dangerous nature of the artificial device, they may be held liable for those who suffer complications.
Are there Time Deadlines to File a Hip Replacement Lawsuit?
There are strict time deadlines for filing a defective medical equipment hip replacement lawsuit in Michigan. If you miss a deadline your case could be lost forever. It is important when choosing your lawyer for your metal-on-metal hip replacement case that you choose an attorney that has significant experience representing patients injured by a defective medical device. We work directly with other national law firms to win the best settlement for our clients.
The Michigan Hip Replacement Lawyer No Fee Promise
We will represent you in your Michigan metal-on-metal hip replacement defective medical device case under our No Fee Promise. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact Your Experienced Michigan Hip Replacement Lawyer
It is important that patients are fully aware of the potential association between the implantation of a metal-on-metal hip replacement device and serious complications, such as metallosis and osteolysis. Call our top rated defective medical equipment Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. legal team now at (800) 606-1717 if you suffer serious injuries or complications after getting a metal-on-metal hip replacement implant.