Defective Hip Replacements Continue to Cause Harm
Complaints grow from recipients of metal on metal hip replacements according to the federal government. Recent reports from the Food and Drug Administration indicate that Since January over 5,000 individuals have lodged complaints related to artificial metal on metal hip replacements. The Food and Drug Administration reports that the 5,000 complaints received this year outnumber the previous four years combined.
The average hip replacement is expected to last approximately 15 years. Suspicion has recently surfaced as more and more patients are having hip replacement device failure after just a few years. The most common type of hip to fail is what is known as a metal on metal. These metal on metal hip replacements will often introduce various toxins into the patients blood stream as the metal on metal wears on itself. As the metal on metal hip implants grind through use, they shed tiny particles of cobalt and chromium which enter the blood stream. Some patients have experienced life threatening injuries as a result of the introduction of these particles into the body and blood stream.
The current hip replacement problem stems from the fact that hip replacements are extremely common. According to the National Institute of Health, in excess of 230,000 hip replacements are performed each year. Approximately 1/3 of this total figure is reported to be the dangerous metal on metal product. The extremely large number of patients receiving these hip implants, coupled with the dangers of the metal particle debris are likely to make this one of the largest medical recalls ever
Johnson & Johnson are currently one of the largest produces of the hip replacements at issue. In August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics informed the public of a voluntary recall of its ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip System and DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System. This recall has affected numerous individuals since they began installing them in 2003. As concerns grow, other all metal Depuy devices such as the Pinnacle have also come under scrutiny.
While the Depuy all metal hip replacements are the most widely discussed, if you have received a hip replacement from Zimmer, Wright Medical, or any other manufacturer of metal on metal hip replacements, you may be at risk. Patients experiencing pain, weakness, tremors, swelling, sinew drainage, hip pain, thigh or groin pain, pain when rising from a seated position, pain bearing weight, etc., should consult with their medical practitioner immediately.
If you or a loved one has received a metal on metal hip replacement, consult with a hip replacement lawyer immediately. As toxins such as cobalt and chromium enter the blood stream, they can cause irreversible damage. A Depuy hip replacement lawyer will work to ensure you receive reimbursement for the faulty devices these companies allowed to enter the market. Johnson & Johnson stated on their website that they are committed to “addressing reasonable and customary costs associated with the recall”. It is important that you speak with a products liability lawyer to ensure you understand this legal jargon Johnson & Johnson uses when speaking to the public.
Contact a Hip Replacement Lawyer Today
Hip replacement lawyer Chris Dixon is available to answer any questions the public may have regarding metal on metal hip replacements. It is extremely unfortunate these giant international companies with unlimited resources are not required to undertake the necessary studies prior to releasing their dangerous products into the public domain. Instead they undertake a profit analysis and determine that even if a certain product is faulty, they will make enough money on the defective product to outweigh the harms and losses it will cause to a large portion of the general public. Contact metal on metal hip replacement lawyer Christopher Dixon today to discuss your case. Our lawyers are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 314.409.7060, or toll-free at 855.402.7274.