Huntsville Hip Replacement Lawyer
Many people may suffer damage to their hip joints requiring surgery. For a number of people, a metal hip replacement was the solution recommended by their doctors. With metal-on-metal implants, a ball made of metal is inserted into the hip joint and attached to a metal cup inserted as well. Tragically, many people who have had this hip replacement performed have suffered serious health complications as a result of defects in the hip replacement. If you have had a hip replacement, the Huntsville hip replacement attorneys at Conchin, Cloud & Cole, LLC have provided information you may need to determine if your injuries are eligible for compensation.
What Hip Replacements Have Caused Injuries?
While many hip replacements have led to very positive results, for some it was the beginning of a medical nightmare. Some metal-on-metal hip replacements created by DePuy Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, have been found to cause a number of serious medical complications for those who had them implanted.
What Medical Complications Have People Suffered?
Due to a flawed design, the DePuy hip replacements ground the metals together causing small amounts of metal to be released into the surrounding tissue and into the blood stream.
Examples of the side effects of the faulty design include:
- Metal fragments released into the body cause toxicity.
- Tumor-like deposits are formed around the affected joints.
- Bone or tissue death results from toxic metal fragments in the body.
- Bones surrounding the implant break requiring surgery to replace the implant and reconstruct bones surrounding the joint.
- Pain and suffering. Pain in the joint and surrounding area.
- Difficulty standing or walking and even hip dislocation.
Victims suffering from metallosis may have symptoms throughout the body owing to the toxic metal fragments. This could cause a number of symptoms including headaches, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, and more.
Due to the deterioration of the bones surrounding the implant, patients may experience a complete failure of the joint and be unable to stand or walk when the joint gives way. This can be an extremely painful experience.
Those who have had the DePuy implants must undergo surgery to have the hip replacement removed and replaced with another implant. Patients may need reconstruction of the bones around the joint as well. This revision of the hip replacement leads to long recovery times and the surgery to replace the joint is often more invasive and painful than the original surgery.
What Should I Do If I Have One of These Hip Replacements?
It is vital that you begin the process of having the hip replacement removed and replaced as soon as possible, to avoid possibly even worse effects on your health. It is recommended that you contact an attorney experienced with seeking compensation for these hip replacements in order to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
The manufacturers of these hip replacements have been found to have been negligent and owe compensation to the victims of their mistake. The hip replacements have been recalled and everyone who has had one of these metal on metal replacements is urged to have the revision surgery as soon as possible.