Our Michigan hip replacement lawyers are handling cases for patients suffering from complications after having a Smith & Nephew R3 metal hip device implanted. These lawsuits are being filed throughout the United States to get compensation for those harmed by this defective medical device.
What is the Smith & Nephew for Defective R3 Metal Hip Replacement?
Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology manufacturer headquartered in the United Kingdom. It has developed many hip products over the years, however it’s R3 Acetabular System had a very high failure rate and was associated with several complications to those patients who had the metal hip device implanted. In fact, since the R3 system has been released, 7,700 patients received the metal linear and a number of these patients have already had revision surgery.
On June 1, 2012 Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics initiated a market withdrawal for metal liners of the R3 acetabular system due to a higher than expected number of revision surgeries associated with the use of the device in total hip replacements outside the US. The manufacturer recommended that physicians maintain their usual follow-up protocol for patients who have undergone total hip replacement or resurfacing surgery.
Complications After A Smith & Nephew Hip Replacement Implant
There are multiple complications associated with Smith & Nephew hip replacement implants. Some of the most common complications patients are suffering from include, but not limited to:
- Pain/difficulty walking
- Metallosis (metal poisoning)
- Hip Implant Dislocation
- Bone Fracture
In addition to complications, the recalled R3 hip device is associated with higher than normal revision surgery rates. This surgery requires more specialized tools, implants and techniques than the original hip implant surgery. This can lead to prolonged pain and suffering, disability, and other medical complications.
Do You Have a Michigan Smith & Nephew Hip Replacement Lawsuit?
Patients who have experienced problems with the recalled Smith & Nephew hip replacement implant do have legal rights and may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer for the injuries suffered. Not everyone who has had the R3 device implanted were suffer from complications, however, a recent study did find that patients who had the R3 hip implant were 60% more likely to require revision surgery to repair the device.
How much Compensation can I get in a Smith & Nephew Hip Lawsuit?
The amount of your settlement depends on a number of factors. These include the type or model of the hip, the medical complication you suffered from the defective implant, the type of treatment that you received (like removal of the device), and your prognosis. Other factors include your medical expenses and other economic losses.
In most mass tort lawsuits, like the Stryker hip cases, the parties will set a schedule that determines the settlement for each participant. The schedule includes the factors indicated above and often additional criteria to qualify for a settlement. In the past, many claims have settled in the range of $ 300,000 per plaintiff but this may change in future lawsuits.
What is Needed to Win a Michigan Smith & Nephew Hip Implant Lawsuit?
If you or your loved one suffer from any of the complications listed above after getting a Stryker Rejuvenate Modular or Stryker ABG II hip replacement device implanted there may be legal ground to pursue a Michigan Stryker hip replacement lawsuit. The best proof an injured patient will need to pursue this type of lawsuit would be the manufacturer’s stickers from hospital operative report or recall letter from Stryker or surgeon to client. Don't worry if you do not have this information. We will get your medical records and find the information in your chart. We will then determine if you have a case.
What are the Time Deadlines for Filing Smith & Nephew Hip Lawsuits?
There are strict statute of limitations for filing a defective medical device hip implant lawsuit against manufacturers in Michigan.If you miss a deadline your case will be lost forever. For defective lawsuits, there must be a legal analysis of the particular facts of your case to determine your deadline. We will review your chart and let you know if you still have time left to join the lawsuit and get a settlement.
How Much are Legal Fees for a Smiht & Nephew Defective Hip Replacement Lawsuit?
We will represent you in your Michigan Smith & Nephew defective hip lawsuit 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 Smith & Nephew Hip Replacement Lawyer
It is important that patients are fully aware of the recalled R3 Acetabular System and its association with serious complications, such as metallosis and revision surgery. Call our top Smith & Nephew hip replacement lawyers at the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. now at (800) 606-1717 if you suffer complications after getting the R3 Acetabular System implanted. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the medical records and evidence to prove and win your case.