Birmingham Hip Replacement Lawsuit

Anyone who’s undergone hip replacement surgery before knows how tough the process can be, and the procedure requires extensive physical therapy and long recovery times. This implant, for most people, is the last resort to increase mobility and reduce pain. Unfortunately, thousands of Americans have been forced to undergo revision surgery to reverse complications like metallosis caused by faulty implants.

If you’ve suffered an injury due to faulty hip replacement, it’s worth noting that you reserve the right to seek compensation for your troubles. As a victim, you shouldn’t have to be in pain or pay for costly treatment because of another person’s mistakes. Our professional and highly skilled attorneys can help you recover compensation with a hip replacement lawsuit in Birmingham.

At Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, we understand the implications a faulty hip implant has on victims and that you are currently going through a tough time. This is why our consultation services are free of charge. Apart from that, we never charge our clients a single cent throughout the case until we’ve won the case – we will only get paid if we manage to recover compensation for you.

Our compassionate and professional defective medical device attorneys are here to answer any questions you might have and are ready to fight aggressively to ensure that you and your family get the compensation you deserve. Get in touch with us today and schedule a free case review with one of our trusted and capable hip replacement attorneys.

What are Some of the Negative Side Effects Caused by a Faulty Hip Implant?

Research shows that of all hip replacement implants, those that use a metal-on-metal design mostly end up requiring extra surgical procedures to correct implant problems. Most of the people whose metal-on-metal hip implants need revisionary surgery typically have to endure excruciating pain before the correctional procedure happens. Some of the negative side effects caused by a faulty implant include:

  • Decreased mobility
  • Lots of pain in the groin and hip area
  • Numerous doctor’s visits
  • A higher risk for a debilitating and painful dislocation

The movement of the femoral cap (made of metal) inside the socket (also made of metal) installed in the pelvis causes friction, something that leads to tiny shards of the metal being scraped from the implant. Should these shards of metal manage to find their way out of the ball-shaped socket and into the tissues surrounding the implant or into the patient’s bloodstream, then they could end up causing medical complications. Health issues that arise from exposure to the heavy metals used to make these implants can be severe and wide-reaching. They include:

  • Metallosis (metal toxicity)
  • Chronic pain
  • Blood poisoning
  • Inflammation
  • Necrosis in nearby tissues
  • Cobalt exposure (known to cause cardiomyopathy)
  • Deterioration of tissues around the implant, which causes the implant to dislocate and release even more microscopic shards of metal into the bloodstream

What Hip Implant Brands Have Been Recalled?

Several hip joint making companies have had to recall their metal-on-metal implants over the past decade. While most of these companies had promised that their implant’s metal-on-metal design would considerably improve mobility, most of the replacements are more prone to failure, necessitating a recall. Unfortunately, most recalls happen when it’s already too late for those who’ve already had the problematic devices implanted in them.

Here is a list of some of the most popular implants that have been recalled so far:

  • Stryker ABG II and Rejuvenate
  • DePuy ASR Acetabular & Resurfacing System
  • Zimmer Durom Acetabular Component
  • Smith & Nephew Modular SMF, R3 Acetabular, Modular Redapt Femoral Hip Systems
  • Wright Profemur Z Hip Stem and Conserve Plus

According to Consumers Union statistics, these are the companies that made the most recalls between November 2002 and July 2013:

  • Stryker (231 recalls)
  • DePuy (150)
  • Zimmer (104)
  • Smith & Nephew (40)
  • Wright (28)
  • Biomet (25)

What Hip Replacement Manufacturers Are Facing Lawsuits?

Yes. At the moment, there are thousands of lawsuits filed against companies that make hip replacement implants. Companies that are currently being sued include Zimmer Biomet, Stryker, Smith & Nephew, DePuy, and others.

However, due to the nature of such cases, most of these claims have been combined into what’s known as multidistrict litigation (MDLs) in several districts. The multidistrict litigation process helps increase the efficiency of case administration while reducing the duplication of effort. Here’s a look at the top companies that are currently in court for selling defective hip replacement implants, the devices involved, and their MDL case numbers.

Doctor examining elderly man in pain from defective hip implant

Who’s Eligible to File a Hip Replacement Implant Lawsuit in Alabama?

For you to file a hip replacement claim, you must first prove that you’ve suffered an injury due to using the product. That may include any of the side effects and complications that stem from using a metal-on-metal hip implant.

If your implant was or has been recalled by the manufacturer or FDA, then please note that you’re entitled to seek compensation for your injuries. On the other hand, you are eligible to file a lawsuit if you had hip replacement surgery performed and later experienced any of the side effects listed above.

It’s worth noting that most manufacturing companies generally pay some of the medical expenses and a few other damages. However, participating in recall programs may limit your ability to seek more damages from the company.

As a victim, it’s worth noting that there is a time limit for filing a hip replacement claim in Alabama. This time limit, known as the statute of limitations, dictates the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit; once the period comes to an end, you can no longer file a claim. In Alabama, the time limit for hip replacement claims is one year from the day of discovery (the day you discovered your injury.)

To increase your chances of filing your claim on time, make sure you reach out to professional and qualified hip replacement attorneys as soon as you realize your injuries to enable them to work on preparing your case and filing it before a court in good time. Contact Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton for professional legal counsel and representation.

How Much Does It Cost to File a Hip Replacement Implant Lawsuit in Birmingham, AL?

Many people delay hiring an attorney after suffering an injury because of how expensive it can be to retain the services of a legal professional. However, that shouldn’t be a worry when you choose Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton as we work on a contingency basis.

Since we understand your situation as a hip replacement implant victim, we won’t charge you any legal fees (consultation fees, court fees, etc.) until we’ve recovered compensation for you – that means we only get paid if we win the case. That allows you to worry about getting better and motivates us to do our best to ensure you get compensated.

Hip Implant Lawsuits We’re Currently Handling

Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton LLP is currently taking on cases involving the following brands:

Depuy

Depuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, manufactures a variety of medical devices including ASR Hip Resurfacing systems, Pinnacle, and ASR Acetabular. Depuy is facing lawsuits in court for its Pinnacle Acetabular Cup product range. Its MDL case number is 2244 and is being presided over by the District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

The company also has another Multidistrict Litigation (case number MDL 2197) for its ASR product line, which involves the ASR Hip System, ASR XL Acetabular Hip System, and ASR Hip Resurfacing System. The case is being presided over by the District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Hare, Wynn, Newell, & Newton is amongst some of the legal practices that are helping victims seek compensation for injuries caused.

Stryker

Stryker is being sued for their LFIT V40 Femoral Head devices. The MDL case number is 2768 and is being presided over by the District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Other components Stryker is being sued for include the ABGII Hip replacement component and the rejuvenate hip replacement component. The MDL case number is 2441 and is being presided over by the District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Stryker, which manufacturers ABG II and Rejuvenate hip replacement systems, recalled its devices back in 2012 after users reported that the devices caused metallosis, corrosion, and fretting. Many of the people who underwent revisional surgery due to their products have been filing lawsuits against the company; most of which have been consolidated into an MCL. If you’ve had to undergo revisional surgery due to using a Stryker hip replacement device, get in touch with Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton for legal counsel and representation.

Attorney meeting with older couple about hip replacement lawsuit in Birmingham

Biomet

Biomet manufacturers M2a Magnum hip implants, which were approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2004. Biomet is currently in court due to its M2a Magnum Hip implant products. The multidistrict litigation case number is 2391 and is being presided over by the Northern District of Indiana District Court. Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton Law is currently taking on clients who use or have used the company’s devices and are now seeking compensation for injuries caused.

Smith & Nephew

The company is being sued for its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Implants. Its multidistrict litigation case number is 2775 and is being presided over by the District Court for the District of Maryland. If you were harmed by a Smith & Nephew hip liner, contact our team today to see if you have standing to be enjoined in the lawsuit.

How Can an Attorney Help a Hip Replacement Implant Lawsuit?

Choosing to work with the hip replacement attorneys at Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton can be beneficial to you as we’re experts when it comes to such cases. Our attorneys will help you learn more about your case, the legal options available, what’s required to file a claim, and the amount you’re liable to get judging by the nature of your case. Apart from that, our attorneys will handle everything related to your case, so you can take your time recuperating. As legal experts, we also offer you a wealth of experience, connections, and resources that will help ensure you get adequately compensated for your injuries.

Contact A Professional Birmingham Hip Replacement Implant Attorney

At Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, we have the experience, track record, and resources needed to handle such types of cases. We always place our clients’ needs first and do our best to ensure that they are well compensated for their troubles.

If you’ve suffered an injury due to using a defective hip implant or know someone who has, get in touch with us today for legal counsel and representation. Dial 855-965-1688 now and schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation with our competent and professional hip replacement implant attorneys.

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