Defective Implants & Medical Devices
Defects in hip, knee and other joint replacement implants are all too common. Defective implants and joint components can result in multiple, extensive surgeries to correct, cause years of pain, and the injuries they cause can be permanent. Several manufacturers have produced defective implants. Some of the defective implants have been recalled. Typically the problems involve some sort of failure of the device, but several joint implants have caused alarm among doctors and patients due to their higher than expected revision rate and problems such as metalallosis.
Defective Implant Problems
Hip and knee replacement implants can be defective in many ways. The most common problems affect a relatively new style of implant callled “metal-on-metal” implants. Some examples of these problematic implants are the Zimmer Durom Hip, DuPuy ASR Hip, Wright Medical Technologies Profemur Hip, and the Zimmer NexGen Knee implant.
Problems that patients with defective implants have experienced include:
- Broken and fractured bones
- Limited movement of the joint
- Difficulty walking
- Squeaking or noisy joint
- Components that break or chip
- Uneven wear
- Implant that does not bond to the bone
- High levels of Chromium and Cobalt in the blood
- Surgery to replace defective implant
- Surgeries to repair damage caused by defective implants
Compensation for Your Injuries
Some, but not all, defective implants have been recalled. If you have been injured by a defective implant you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, disability, and more.
Each case is unique and there are many factors to consider such as how long it has been since the implant was placed, whether the implant has been recalled, and why you needed the implant and what type of procedure you required, and much more.
If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, contact a Defective Joint Implant Lawyer today. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please contact us right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.