Defective metal on metal hip implants have been causing serious and permanent harm to people for years. On Monday March 20, 2017, the 11th Circuit judicial bench affirmed the $2.1 million jury verdict in the first Wright Hip Implant trial.
The plaintiff in the trial claimed that Defendant’s hip replacement implant was defective and that Defendant failed to adequately test the device before introducing it to the public market. The Plaintiff further claimed that Defendant failed to warn both patients and doctors of the risks associated with the device and chose instead to aggressively market the product as an extremely durable implant, ideal for more active patients. Plaintiff alleges that she was in the middle of a yoga class when she heard a “crunch” and realized her hip implant had been dislodged. The Plaintiff was forced to undergo revision surgery where it was discovered that metal debris from the implant had spread to the surrounding soft tissue.
Other manufacturers of metal on metal hip implants have faced similar lawsuits. Many of these devices have been recalled but there are thousands of people still walking around with these implants that could fail at any moment. People with metal-on-metal implants manufactured by Stryker and Wright should be on the lookout for any signs of a defective hip implant. According to the FDA, the following symptoms, if experienced three or more months after surgery, may indicate that a hip implant is not functioning properly:
Hip, leg or groin pain;
Swelling at or near the hip joint;
Popping, grinding, clicking or squeaking sounds from the hip joint; and
A limp or change in mobility.
In addition, patients should monitor for symptoms of metal poisoning. According to the FDA, the signs of metal toxicity include:
Impaired kidney function;
Thyroid problems, including weight gain, neck discomfort, fatigue and feeling cold;
Depression, cognitive impairment or other psychological issues;
Hearing or vision impairments; and
Cardiomyopathy, a condition that weakens and enlarges the heart muscle.
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these issues or has a metal on metal hip implant that has failed and been removed, please do not hesitate to contact Personal injury attorneys Sadler Ladenburg to get answers to your questions. The attorneys Sadler Ladenburg help injured victims throughout Washington State. If you need a hip implant attorney, do not delay and contact us today.