Hip Replacement Lawsuit

Metal-on-metal hip replacements have experienced an unusually high failure rate, as high as 43% for one model. Several models have been subject to voluntary recalls.

Metal-on-Metal (MoM) Hip Implants

All artificial hip implants pose risks to recipients. There is risk of infection, toxicity, and wear-and-tear of the component parts of the implant. Just as parts of the body wear out as we get older, implants may wear out. However, metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implant carry their own set of unique risks in addition to risks associated with hip implants in general.

Beyond these acceptable risks lies the alarming realm of negligence, in which manufacturers produce a faulty product; products produce dangerous effects in their recipients; or the risks associated with certain products or procedures are hidden or misrepresented to the public. Often, manufacturers of these defective or dangerous hip implant products will be subject to recalls, regulatory action, and lawsuits.

Implant Reactions

Metal-on-metal hip replacements were introduced under a belief that they would be more durable than other types of implants. However, metal debris—usually chromium or cobalt—can be released into the patient’s body as the implant’s ball and socket rub against each other. This can lead to hip replacement complications such as:

  • Inflammation
  • Groin pain
  • Dead tissue
  • Bone loss

These replacements often force patients to have a procedure to replace the implant, known as hip revision surgery. If you or a loved one has suffered any metal-on-metal hip implant complications, contact our team today.

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