Defective hip replacements can cause a tremendous amount of pain and suffering – and if you’ve had hip replacement surgery that hasn’t worked out well for you, you may be entitled to compensation. Here’s what you need to know about defective hip replacements and your legal options.
What Are Defective Hip Replacements?
Sometimes manufacturers make products that don’t work as intended. In some cases, those products fail after use – and when that happens, the manufacturer recalls them. Unfortunately, recalls typically only happen when people start discovering the defective product… and in the case of hip replacements, this often happens when the implant is already inside a person’s body.
Several joint manufacturers have issued recalls in the past few years, particularly those that made metal-on-metal hip implants. Some of the recalls have to do with:
- Design flaws that make the implant dangerous or impossible to use
- Early implant failure
- Problems with instructions
- Missing parts
- Broken pieces
Can You File a Lawsuit Over Defective Hip Replacements?
If the implant in your body has been recalled, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. Even if it hasn’t been recalled, you could still have legal recourse if the implant failed or has harmed you in some way. Every case is different, though, and for most people, the best thing to do is speak with a Los Angeles personal injury attorney.
Which Hip Replacements Are Being Recalled?
Many major manufacturers have recalled their hip implants because they’ve been found defective or faulty. This isn’t a complete list, but some of the manufacturers, models and parts that have been recalled include:
- Biomet M2A 38mm and Magnum
- Depuy ASR
- Depuy Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal
- DJO Encore
- Omnilife Apex Arc
- Smith & Nephew R3
- Smith & Nephew SMF Primary Stem and Redapt Revision Stem
- Stryker ABG II
- Stryker Rejuvenate
- Stryker Tritanium
- Wright Medical Profemur Stem
- Wright Metal Conserve, Dynasty and Lineage cups
- Zimmer Durom Cup
- Zimmer M/L Taper Kinectiv Stem
- Zimmer MMC Cup
- Zimmer Versys CoCr Head
This list could change at any time – and your hip replacement doesn’t even need to be listed here for you to be eligible to file a lawsuit. If you are suffering because of a defective hip replacement, you may be entitled to compensation, so you should call an attorney right away.
What Are the Symptoms of a Bad or Defective Hip Replacement?
There are many symptoms that can signal a bad or defective hip replacement, but unfortunately, they can be signs and symptoms of other issues, as well. You should see your doctor right away if you’re having trouble after a hip replacement; if the implant is causing you harm, your doctor will know what to do. Here are some signs that can indicate your hip implant is defective:
- You have persistent, recurring pain
- Your hip aches
- You’re not as mobile as you should be, or as mobile as you used to be
- Medication doesn’t help alleviate your symptoms
- Your hip stiffens unnaturally
These are all medical issues that you should address with your doctor. If you can, get copies of all the medical records, test results and other information your doctor has – in the event that you have to file a lawsuit to cover your medical bills, your attorney may need them.
Related: What can I sue for?
Are Titanium Hip Replacements Safe?
Doctors are discovering that some hip replacements are not safe. In the UK, for example, tens of thousands of people need annual medical checks after hip replacements to determine whether some metals are leaching dangerous substances (by way of tiny metal ions) into the blood.
Do You Think You Have Defective Hip Replacement Issues?
If you suspect that your hip replacement is causing you problems, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor. In many cases, hip implants work well and just as intended – but if yours is defective and causing you harm, you may have a legal case. Call us at 818-230-8380 or fill out the form below. We’ll be happy to visit you at home, in the hospital, or elsewhere, or even speak with you on a face-to-face online chat or over the phone, to discuss your case during a free consultation.