Ow, my hip! If this is something you’ve said, you might have a hip replacement lawsuit on your hands. If you’ve received a hip replacement, your device might be subject to a hip implant recall. McIntyre Law is representing clients in Zimmer, DePuy, Stryker, Wright, Biomet, ASR and Johnson + Johnson hip implant recall lawsuits.
You had a hip replacement because you experienced some sort of hip pain or discomfort, whether from a fall, arthritis or some other issue. So, now that it’s been replaced, you should be pain-free, right? Well, we’d all like to think that’s how it works every time, but, sadly, the manufacturers of these metal-on-metal hip implants might have done you a disservice. Let’s take a look at the symptoms of a failed hip replacement — that way you’ll know if you might be eligible for a hip replacement lawsuit.
One reason why you might be experiencing pain after a hip replacement is because the new hip’s artificial ball and socket could become dislodged. Another common problem is that the new hip would fail because new tissue grows between the artificial hip and the bone, which loosens the artificial hip joints. And, sadly, although patients are told that a hip implant should last 20 years, many fail after just a few years.
Perhaps the most serious of the conditions leading to the hip replacement lawsuit frenzy, though, is metallosis. This is a condition that occurs when a metal-on-metal hip implant releases metallic particles into the patient’s bloodstream because friction has worn the parts away. Metallosis could cause bone damage, inflammation and blood poisoning. You’re more likely to have an adverse reaction from a metal-on-metal hip implant than from a ceramic one.
One of the hip replacement side-effects that could signal a problem is clicking or popping sounds. If you hear a clicking or popping noise, it could be because your replacement hip was not aligned properly during surgery. Or, it could be a symptom of a defective hip. Either way, your first course of action should be to see if your replacement is subject to a hip implant recall.
Why might I experience clicking or popping as hip replacement side-effects?
There are a few reasons why your hip replacement side-effects could include clicking and popping sounds:
Positioning. If the new hip was not aligned correctly during the surgical procedure, it could cause the noise to occur as it moves in and out of place.
Defective hip. Simply put, hearing noise like this could mean that the hip is failing. If that’s the case, a hip replacement lawsuit would help you recover costs associated with additional treatment.
Physical exertion. If you are physically active, you would be more likely to experience popping or clicking from your hip replacement.
Physical pressure. If you are very tall or have a more robust body mass, you could be putting more pressure on the implant, which could lead to clicking or popping sounds.
Why bring a hip replacement lawsuit?
Really, a hip replacement lawsuit is another form of products liability — these cases are brought because a manufacturer has brought to market a product or device that is either incorrectly designed or manufactured, so it ends up causing harm to the people who use it. Unfortunately, this happens all too often, especially with medical devices. Thankfully, the FDA has begun to catch on and your implant could be subject to a hip recall. Lawsuit or not, a hip replacement attorney can let you know if you might have a case.
In essence, there are three main reasons why your implant could be considered part of a hip recall. Lawsuit filings are already in place for these ailments, which include joint dislocation, stem and cup loosening, and stem failure.
How do I know if I should participate in a hip recall lawsuit?
You should consider a hip recall lawsuit if you are experiencing pain or other physical issues that you believe to be hip replacement side-effects. These could include difficulty walking, inflammation, or signs of infection.
The team at McIntyre Law would be your ideal advocates for a hip implant recall lawsuit — we’re experienced, compassionate and knowledgeable. If you believe that you’ve been injured by a defective hip replacement, contact us today for a free consultation.