Hip Replacement Lawsuits

Hip implant, hip replacement, and hip device claims in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia

If you or a loved one was harmed by a hip replacement device, you may be eligible to receive compensation by filing a hip replacement claim.  For thousands of people across the United States, faulty hip devices caused more problems than they were supposed to solve.  Our attorneys are currently investigating legal claims involving DuPuy hip products, Stryker hip devices, Smith & Nephew hip replacements, Wright Medical Technology’s hip products, and Biomet hip devices.

For many patients, their hip implants failed within a couple years after surgery and needed revision surgery.  Repeat surgeries, which should not be necessary, can be dangerous.  According to a 2003 study in The Iowa Orthopaedic Journal, the mortality rate for patients having hip replacement surgery for the first time is 1 percent, while the rate for revision surgeries is vastly greater at 2.5 percent.

The law requires that large medical device corporations provide products that are safe and are obligated to warn the public of potential risks.  The experienced lawyers with The Cochran Firm DC stand ready to defend the legal rights of patients in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Maryland, and Virginia who have been harmed by faulty hip replacement devices.

What Are My Next Steps?

  • Talk to an experienced hip replacement attorney as soon as possible.  An experienced medical device lawyer can explain your legal rights to you and formulate a plan of action.
  • Before signing any paperwork provided by your medical care provider or an insurance company, discuss your situation with an experienced lawyer.  A medical device company or insurance company may be attempting to nullify your right to seek damages from them due to a dangerous hip replacement product.
  • Do not delay.  Strict time limits apply to your hip replacement claim.  If you do not file your claim within that time limit, you will not be able to pursue a claim.
  • See your medical care provider.  If you think that your hip replacement product has been the subject of a recall, talk to your medical care provider to determine whether you are at risk for developing complications.

Free No-Obligation Case Evaluation and Consultation

Medical malpractice lawyers at The Cochran Firm DC are offering free no-obligation case evaluations and consultations to individuals who have been hurt by defective hip devices.  We offer home visits and 24/7 phone availability via 1-800-THE-FIRM.  If you received hip replacement surgery since 2005, our experienced hip replacement lawyers can help.

If you have been hurt by a faulty hip replacement product, contact the experienced team of attorneys at The Cochran Firm DC today.

DePuy Orthopaedics hip replacement recall

In 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, recalled its ASR XL Acetabular hip replacement system.  About 13% of patients receiving an ASR device required painful revision surgery.  In response, Johnson & Johnson recognized that its ASR products had higher-than-normal failure rates.  DePuy cited reasons for the hip product’s failure as:

  • Component malalignment,
  • Loosening of product parts,
  • Bone fracture,
  • Dislocation,
  • Infection,
  • Metal sensitivity, and
  • Pain

Design flaws in DePuy’s Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip replacement devices forced many people to undergo revision surgeries and also report health problems associated with the hip device.  The ASR hip implant system has a shallow component that made it very difficult for healthcare providers to implant properly.  Because of its defective design, high levels of metal debris can buildup in some recipients with normal wear and tear, putting them at risk for Metallosis and other conditions.

Stryker hip device recall lawsuit

In 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics recalled its ABG-II and Rejuvenate modular-neck hip stem implants.  Citing risks with fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction, Stryker decided to terminate distribution of these potentially dangerous medical devices.  These risks may cause serious pain and swelling in or around a device recipient’s hip.

Because hip implants are internal, fretting and corrosion are usually not visibly apparent to the patient.  Medical problems, like cobalt chromium metal poisoning in your hip tissue or bloodstream, may be hidden.  In order to determine whether you have been harmed, discuss your concerns with your medical care provider.

Smith & Nephew hip replacement lawsuit

The metal liner on Smith & Nephew’s R3 Acetabular modular hip implant system was recalled in 2012 because it was associated with infections, bone fractures, and implant dislocations. This device also presented the possible risk of other medical problems like metal poisoning.  Because of these problems, many patients who received Smith & Nephew’s hip replacement devices were forced to receive revision surgeries.

From 2009 to 2012, between 3,000 and 4,000 American patients received R3 Acetabular modular hip implant systems.  Consumers who received this medical device with the metal liner may be able to seek compensation claims against Smith & Nephew.  Our team of seasoned attorneys are ready to discuss your legal options and to determine whether filing a claim is the next step.

Other medical hip device companies

Our experienced medical device lawyers are also investigating claims against the following hip replacement makers:

  • Wright Medical Technology’s CONSERVE metal-on-metal hip replacement systems and Profemur Z Stem hip replacement system
  • Biomet’s M2a Magnum hip implant products and Stanmore and Exceed ABT devices

Free No-Obligation Case Evaluation and Consultation

Medical malpractice lawyers at The Cochran Firm DC are offering free no-obligation case evaluations and consultations to individuals who have been hurt by defective hip devices.  If you received hip replacement surgery and think you may have been hurt by a faulty medical device, our experienced hip replacement lawyers can help.  Because strict deadlines apply to filing your claim, contact our team of experienced medical device product liability lawyers today.

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