Several hip replacements, including DePuy Pinnacle, Stryker Rejuvenate, Smith & Nephew, Wright Metal on Metal, and Biomet have faced severe scrutiny after patients experienced severe complications following implantation of the devices. If you or someone you know was injured after having one of these hip replacements, click here to file a free case review and begin the path to financial compensation for your pain and suffering.
What is Hip Replacement Surgery?
Hip replacements are inserted when the joint has suffered irreparable damage due to injury or aging. A surgeon removes the damaged bone and cartilage in the hip joint, including the head of the femur. A metal stem is inserted into the hollow femur bone, then a metal or ceramic ball is placed on the top part of the stem to replace the head of the thigh bone. After removing the damaged cartilage, the socket is replaced with a metal version that is often fixed in place with either screws or cement. A plastic, metal, or ceramic liner is placed between the new parts to allow for a smoother gliding surface.
Problems with DePuy Pinnacle, Stryker Rejuvenate, Smith & Nephew, Wright Metal on Metal, & Biomet
Tens of thousands of patients with these hip replacements have already filed lawsuits after being injured by these devices.
DePuy has recently come under fire after news emerged that doctors warned parent company Johnson & Johnson about the risks of metal-on-metal hip replacements back in 1995. The company has since been ordered to pay $1.5 billion in two different settlements for patients injured by the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement.
Stryker recently announced that more patients who had to have hip revision surgery after having the Stryker Rejuvenate replacement implanted have enrolled in a settlement program to be compensated for their injuries.
Smith & Nephew are facing lawsuits after recalling parts from their R3 Acetabular System in 2012. The company acknowledged that patients experienced more problems than they expected, but said the problems were not the same as other hip replacements have caused.
Wright Metal on Metal hip replacements have cost the company $240 million so far thanks to a recent settlement for nearly 1,300 patients.
A recent ruling from a judge in New Mexico awarded a patient $2 million after contracting metallosis from a Zimmer Biomet M/L Taper Hip Prostheses.
What Are My Legal Options?
Anyone who has suffered severe complications after receiving a DePuy Pinnacle, Stryker Rejuvenate, Smith & Nephew, Wright Metal on Metal, or Biomet hip replacement could be entitled to financial compensation. Start by filing a free case review with an experienced attorney who will examine the details of your case and help you determine your best legal options.