hip implants have been under fire in recent years for their dangerous and defective
designs. In particular, all-metal hip implants have been thought to release
dangerously high levels of toxic metals into the bloodstream and surrounding
tissue. These metals can permanently damage the hip joint, bone, tissue,
and surrounding ligaments. In addition, all-metal hip implants have a
significantly higher premature failure rate, forcing patients to undergo
costly, and painful revision surgeries.
A new study released in the Journal of Bone and Joint has shed additional
light on the dangers of metallosis and all-metal hip implants, particularly
the DePuy Pinnacle model. The study compared metal ion levels in patients
who received all metal hip implants over a 5-year period. Their results
showed that the all-metal hip implant recipients had significantly higher
levels of chromium and cobalt in their blood compared to those patients
who received the metal-on-polyethylene hip implant.
Even with this new research and the FDA warnings regarding all metal or
metal-on-metal hip implants, DePuy still has not recalled their popular
Pinnacle model. They did, however, suspend sales of the device in 2013
amidst growing concerns.
While DePuy faces thousands of individual lawsuits citing pain, implant
failure, joint instability, pseudotumors, and metallosis, other hip implant
manufacturers are facing their own legal troubles. These manufacturers
include Biomet, Smith & Nephew, Wright Medical, Zimmer Holdings, and Stryker.
If you or someone you love has experienced hip pain, joint instability,
bone loss, revision surgery, decreased mobility, tissue death, metallosis,
or other medical complications after receiving an all-metal hip implant,
it is important to have your case reviewed by an experienced Broward County
injury attorney. You may be able to take part in the multi-district litigation
that is currently pending across the country.
Contact Broward County Injury Attorneys
For decades, the injury attorneys at Kelley/Uustal have been successfully
fighting for the rights of injured patients and families in Fort Lauderdale,
Miami, Palm Beach, and throughout Broward County. To learn more about
your legal options, call our Broward County injury attorneys at
(954) 715-4511 or
888-522-6601 for a free consultation.