In 2010, surgeons performed 332,000 hip replacement surgeries in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While hip replacement surgery can be a great option for those who have hip joint damage, surgery that replaces the hip with defective parts is ineffective, dangerous and has potentially negative repercussions for the patient.
Unfortunately, hip replacement surgeries don’t always go as planned, and patients too often become the victims of defective hip replacement parts. If you’ve had a hip replacement surgery in which defective parts caused harm, our firm can help you recover the damages to which you’re entitled.
Dangers of Defective Hip Replacement Products
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), hip replacement surgery is intended for patients suffering from hip joint damage that is severe enough to interfere with daily activities. Typically, after the original surgery occurs, a revision surgery should not be necessary for 15 to 20 years, assuming the surgery goes well.
However, when things do not go well with the surgery – or defective products are used – a revision surgery may be required much sooner. A defective artificial hip joint inserted during surgery can result in pain, discomfort, metallosis (metal poisoning from metal ions released into blood), dislocation, immobility and infection.
While immobility and pain can be extremely challenging to live with, metallosis and infection can have very serious health consequences. Metal poisoning, for example, can cause damage to the nervous system, bones and tissues.
Defective Products in Hip Replacement Surgeries
One possible culprit of complications arising from a hip replacement surgery is a defective product manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics. In 2010, DePuy voluntarily recalled its ASR XL Acetabular System. The recall was based on revision rates (secondary surgeries required) of 13 percent within a five-year period.
Two other companies that have been involved in hip replacement system recalls are Zimmer and Smith & Nephew. The Zimmer Durom Acetabulor Component was recalled in 2008, and the Smith & Nephew R3 Metal Liners of R3 Acetabular System were recalled in 2012.
If you received an artificial hip you believe to be the cause of your health complications, we can review your case and help you take the appropriate legal action.
Defective Product Law & Hip Replacement
Manufacturers are responsible for the products that they introduce to the market. If one of their products causes harm, then they are liable for the resultant injuries and other costs and losses.
Thus, when a defective medical product is used in a surgery and causes the patient physical harm or economic loss, the manufacturer of the device may be liable for damages. If a manufacturer is liable, then the patient may be able to recover damages like pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. To help you prove the manufacturer of the defective product should be liable for your injuries, get in touch with our hip replacement attorneys today.
Call the Hip Replacement Lawyers at Gacovino, Lake & Associates
When you get surgery, it’s hard to imagine that you’ll end up worse off than you started. Unfortunately, that’s the case for some patients when defective parts are used during a hip replacement surgery.
If you’ve been the victim of a defective medical device, we can help to get the compensation that you deserve. At Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C., our attorneys have the legal know-how to make sure that your voice is heard in a defective product suit.
To get started, call us today at 800-550-0000 or head to our contact page and fill out the form to set up your free consultation.