Hip Implant Recall Attorneys
In recent years, several companies have recalled popular hip replacements from the market due to a high risk of failure and complications. These risks have been documented in many other hip implants that have not been recalled.
When hip implants fail, they not only result in serious pain – they typically require revision surgery to correct, forcing another hardship upon an innocent person like you.
Thousands of people have hired attorneys and filed lawsuits against the makers of these hip implants to seek compensation for their suffering. Some of these lawsuits have resulted in large verdicts to help victims get their lives on track.
If you’ve suffered due to a faulty hip implant, you should speak with an attorney at Pierce Skrabanek in Houston. Our hip replacement lawyers have the legal experience necessary to build a strong case on your behalf.
Some of the most common manufacturers of hip implants in the U.S. are:
Hip Implant Symptoms and Side Effects
The problems caused by failing hip replacements can be excruciatingly painful and can drastically affect a person’s quality of life.
If you are having problems with your hip implant, you may be unable to walk. You may be unable to work. You may have undergone revision surgery. These complications affect you physically, emotionally and financially.
Symptoms of Hip Implant Failure
According to the Food and Drug Administration, defective hip replacements can cause the following symptoms:
- Joint pain
- Metallosis (metal poisoning due to high metal levels in the blood)
- Joint failure
Why Are Some Hip Implants Dangerous?
Many of the recent hip replacement recalls have involved metal hip implants. These were thought to be safer and longer-lasting than older models, though evidence is mounting that the opposite may be true. According to the FDA, metal hip replacements have additional risks.
The metal ball and cup can grind together over time, sending shards of metal into the bloodstream. This can become toxic at high levels.
Reports on file with the FDA from people harmed by hip implants describe serious pain, squeaking noises and tissue damage. Some people require more than one surgery to correct the problems with their hip. If any of this has happened to you, you may be eligible to file a hip implant lawsuit.
What Compensation Can I Be Eligible For in a Hip Implant Lawsuit?
To decide how much your hip replacement lawsuit may be worth, our attorneys will gather and review all relevant medical records. We will tally up any work you missed – including work you will miss in the future – and any and all expenses tied to your hip implant.
But there is another kind of suffering that does not have a dollar value – your physical pain and the suffering this has brought upon you and your family. Our hip implant attorneys will seek the maximum compensation possible for this.
The compensation that may be available is different from case to case. One thing is certain, however. The attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek will always seek the maximum compensation possible to help our clients. We will pursue all legal avenues available to get hip replacement victims the compensation they need to move forward in life.
Compensation that we can seek includes:
- Hospital stays, ambulance rides, surgical procedures
- Physical rehabilitation
- Follow-up doctor visits
- Lost wages (including future lost wages)
- Pain and suffering
Depuy and Stryker Have Offered Hip Implant Settlements
- In November 2014, Stryker offered a $1.43 billion settlement to people who were implanted with the company’s ABG II or Rejuvenate hip systems on or before Nov. 2, 2014 and required revision surgery. It sets a base award of $300,000 for each claimant.
- Also in November 2014, DePuy, a company owned by Johnson & Johnson, offered to pay $4 billion to settle hip implant lawsuits surrounding the company’s ASR hip replacement.
Should I Accept a Settlement?
The terms of settlements are complicated. You should talk to an attorney about whether opting for a settlement is your best option. If you accept a settlement, you likely will lose your right to seek further compensation for your suffering.
It’s possible that pursuing an individual lawsuit against the maker of the hip implant is your best option. There is no way to know until an attorney has reviewed the specifics of your case. That why you should call us today to speak with a lawyer if you or a loved one has been harmed by a faulty hip replacement.
How to File a Hip Replacement Lawsuit
It will take a case evaluation from an experienced hip implant lawsuit attorney to know if you have a case for compensation to pursue. Our attorneys will listen to your story and talk about your options with you. There is no obligation to hire us. The choice is yours.
Our attorneys strive to make the lawsuit process as easy as possible for our clients. We understand that you are going through enough already. We want to leave you to tend to your health while we fight to get you compensated.
Why You Need a Texas Hip Replacement Attorney
No one wants to have to hire an attorney. But it’s important you understand that if you’ve suffered from a recalled or faulty hip replacement, hiring a lawyer may be the only way to get what you need to get past this.
Even if you’re not sure you have a case or want to pursue one, you should contact our attorneys. A consultation is always free and without obligation. You should learn about your rights and options. We’ll tell you what we can do to help, and then you can decide.
Hip Implant FAQs
- Stryker Rejuvenate
- Stryker ABG II
- DePuy ASR
- DePuy ASR XL
- Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System
- Zimmer Durom cup (this is a component of a hip replacement)
Remember that just because a hip implant has not been recalled does not mean you are not allowed to hire an attorney and seek compensation if you’ve been harmed.
These hip implants were approved by the FDA through a regulatory shortcut known as 501(k), which means they were subjected to less scrutiny than some other medical devices that come before the FDA.