Legal Funding For Your Hip Replacement Lawsuit
The process of surgically replacing hips has been around for a long time. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, total hip arthroplasty has been practiced for more than 100 years. Despite this long history, problems still occur today with defective materials and that’s exactly what happened with the Biomet metal-on-metal hip implant.
How the Biomet Metal-on-Metal Implant Works
Most hip implants combine a metal ball with a plastic cup in order to replicate the joint movement and structure of a natural hip. Biomet wanted to do better than that, so the company developed a metal-on-metal hip replacement. The difference was instead of a plastic cup there was a metal cup. Their theory was that the metal cup would be more resistant to wear than the traditional plastic. They also state that the device offers users better motion stability, better range of motion, and fewer instances of dislocation.
Many patients with the Biomet metal-on-metal implant have experienced various medical conditions as a result of implant failure. Some have even experienced symptoms due to metallosis which occurs when the device corrodes and releases materials such as metal ions into the patient’s tissue and bone.
DePuy Hip Recall
As the baby boomers enter their golden years, hip replacements are on the rise. Replacement hips are generally done to relieve pain from arthritis or as part of a treatment plan after a hip fracture. DePuy Orthopaedics, a subdivision of Johnson and Johnson, introduced an ASR XL Acetabular metal-on-metal hip replacement in 2005. Five years later, the company recalled it after a high replacement failure rate was discovered.
Between 2008 and 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received about 400 complaints associated with failure of a DePuy hip replacement. Replacement hips are supposed to last about 15 years before another replacement is needed. However, a study done by The Lancet has shown replacement statistics for the DePuyhip were two to three times higher for men and three to four times higher in women than other implants. Overall, one in eight patients who received an ASR XL Acetabular hip replacement were forced to have it replaced again within five years.
In 2009, DePuy phased out its hip replacements, citing reasons other than safety. But internal communications brought to light during a many hip replacement lawsuit against the company have shown that more than a year before the recall it was aware of a premature failure in its units. It continued to deny the need for a recall or the existence of any problems until it finally made the recall in 2010.
Stryker Rejuvenate & ABG II Hip Implant Recall
The Stryker rejuvenate hip implant was introduced in 2009. Its design includes a ceramic ball to imitate the femoral head and a plastic cup to imitate the acetabulum. Two pieces of the hip are metal on metal and in 2012, Stryker issued a recall on the device. Their July 5th press release states that fretting and corrosion on the neck junction (which is the piece that connects the femur to the femoral head) had led to problems in the tissues surrounding the implant in patients.
The big concern is that patients will have high amounts of cobalt and chromium in their blood and tissue from the metal parts grinding against each other. When particles of chromium are absorbed by white blood cells, they may begin to oxidize which results in the release of charged ionic particles of cobalt. This can destroy cells and bones, cause severe pain, cause bone loss, inflammation and other serious problems.
Wright Hip Replacement
Hip implants have three main parts. There’s the ball which emulates the femoral head, the socket or cup that emulates the acetabulum, and then there is the femoral stem which connects the artificial femoral head to the patient’s femur. This stem (sometimes called a “neck”) can sometimes be faulty and break just a couple of years after the surgery. The Wright Profemur modular neck has a high rate of fracture, which is causing many patients intense pain and suffering, and the necessity of a second replacement.
Reuters reported in 2014 that Biomet had reached a $56 million settlement with patients who’d had a hip replacement surgery using their M2a Magnum hip replacement, a metal-on-metal design with many of the same cited problems as the Stryker hip system. This settlement is extended to a hip replacement lawsuit as long as it was filed before April 15, 2014.
Zimmer Durom Cup
Hip replacement devices have three main parts. The goal of the parts is to replicate the motion capabilities of a hip and to fuse the new hip with the femur. There are many things that can go wrong with the various moving parts depending on the quality of their construction, the materials they are made out of, and their ability to withstand the day-to-day pressure that people put on their hips.
In 2008, Zimmer, the makers of the Durom cup hip replacement device suspended the sale of their product. This occurred because physicians had begun expressing concern about the device’s failure rate. The problem that these physicians and their patients were having was that the cup, which is placed in the hip socket, failed to properly fuse with bone. This left it loose and separate within the body and allowed it to migrate. The migration caused tremendous pain for patients and required second surgeries as well as rehabilitation.
All in all, it’s been estimated that 5.7% of the Durom cups that had been implanted may need to be replaced.
Hip Replacement Lawsuit Funding
There have been a number of lawsuits filed against the makers of the Biomet metal-on-metal hip implant.Many of those who’ve filed are suffering from devastating health damage and the need for another hip replacement surgery. If you or a loved one has been damaged by the hip implants by Biomet, contact Pravati Legal Funding today. You don’t have to go it alone. We can match you to an attorney in our network who understands how to fight personal injury claims surrounding metal-on-metal hip implants.
You may already need money in your hip replacement lawsuit in order to get the new replacement hip or to help replace lost wages when working becomes impossible. Pravati Capital can provide financing today that will help sustain you so you can avoid settling for less then you should receive. Contact us today for your pre-settlement funding needs with your hip replacement lawsuit.
Pre Settlement Funding For Your Hip Replacement Lawsuit
SIDE EFFECTS CAUSED BY HIP IMPLANTS
- Metal poisoning
- Tumors around the site of the implants
- Trouble walking
- Swelling at the site of the implant
- Inflammation at the site of the implant
- Prolonged pain
- Degenerative heart disease
If you believe that you are experiencing side effects from a hip implant, see your doctor for diagnosis.