Are you considering a lawsuit for your defective hip implant? You probably have many questions. If you received an implant, but aren’t sure if you should file suit, the South Florida defective product lawyers at Kelley/Uustal can answer your questions. We want to help you choose the best legal option so you can get the financial compensation that you need. Below, we have collected some common questions related to hip implant recalls and lawsuits. Continue reading to learn more, or contact us if you are ready to speak with an attorney.
I’ve heard about the metal hip implant recalls, but how do I know if they affect me?
The first step you should take is to contact your doctor or surgeon and ask which type of metal hip implant you received. Then, compare your implant brand name with the ones on the FDA’s hip recall website. If your hip implant was recalled, don’t panic. Try to obtain copies of your medical records and speak to an experienced Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney immediately. Discuss your medical options with your doctor and ask him / her what additional testing or monitoring is required.
What replacement metal hip implants are a part of the recalls?
A number of models have been recalled and more recalls may be coming. For now, the following devices have been recalled due to complaints and reports of failure:
- Stryker Orthopedics Rejuvenate Modular
- Stryker Orthopedics ABG II Modular Neck Hip Stem
- Stryker Orthopedics Trident Hip Implant
- DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip Implant
- DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System
- Smith & Nephew Orthopedics R3 Acetabular System
- Zimmer Durom Acetabular Component
I received a metal-on-metal hip implant a few years ago and heard that they could cause dangerously high levels of metals in the blood. Should I get my blood tested?
While the FDA does not recommend routine blood testing for patients who are not experiencing symptoms, it is best to discuss a health plan with your doctor. Be sure to tell your doctor about your metal hip and your concerns about high levels of metals in your blood. It is entirely possible that your doctor will wish to get some baseline blood work, but this is a decision for your physician.
How will I know if my hip implant is defective?
Anyone who has received a metal-on-metal hip implant should monitor themselves closely for symptoms of hip / groin joint pain, inflammation, pain, swelling, numbness, popping or clicking when walking, and reduced mobility. If you notice these symptoms, you should contact your orthopedist immediately.
I am experiencing pain in my hip; do I need a hip revision surgery?
Possibly. It is hard to tell if you will need a revision surgery or not, but it is important to be proactive regarding your medical care. Contact your orthopedist at once and discuss your symptoms. If possible, get a second opinion. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with hip revision surgery. If you do require a revision surgery, it may be prudent to contact an experienced Fort Lauderdale injury lawyer immediately. Your attorney will be able to help you determine if you are eligible to take part in the multi-district litigation that is currently underway.
Are there others who are filing lawsuits against hip implant manufacturers?
Yes, absolutely. DePuy alone has recalled 93,000 hip implants worldwide and 37,000 in the United States. To date, more than 10,000 lawsuits have been consolidated into a multi-district litigation to manage the load.
Why do I need a lawyer? Won’t the manufacturer just reimburse me for the recalled product?
Unfortunately not. These manufacturers are fighting aggressively in court to reduce liability. Many of them won’t even admit that their product is defective. A lawyer can help you protect your rights and ensure that you receive the compensation you need to pay for all your medical expenses, pain, and suffering the product caused. Your lawyer will also ensure that you do not miss any critical deadlines for filing a claim. It is always best to review all of your legal options before choosing the path that is best for you.
Florida’s Defective Medical Device Law Firm
If you or someone you love has suffered medical complications, pain, and surgical revisions after receiving a metal-on-metal hip implant, it is important to speak to an experienced Florida hip implant lawyer immediately. Kelley/Uustal has the resources necessary to succeed in even the most difficult medical device case. We are ready to stand up for our clients in the face of big medical device companies and seek the justice that they deserve. Contact us today. We are here to answer all your questions and help you pursue justice.