The courts are full of hip replacement lawsuits right now, and for good reason. Thousands of people like you have been harmed by an implant that was supposed to prevent their pain and suffering — and that’s just not right. If you have a defective hip implant, lawsuit or other court action might be the only way to recover the funds you need to get help and feel better.
The first question to ask yourself is if your device is subject to a hip replacement recall. McIntyre Law is working with clients who are affected by ASR, Biomet, Wright, Johnson & Johnson, Zimmer and Stryker hip replacement recall actions.
My implant is subject to a hip replacement recall. What do I do now?
If you have an implant that is part of a hip replacement recall, you need to get all the facts. Don’t wait until you’re experiencing pain or other symptoms to call a hip replacement lawyer. First, why is your specific hip implant being recalled? Different devices and manufacturers are experiencing recalls for varying reasons, and you want to know what are the issues with your specific implant. Second, if you’re experiencing symptoms, what are they? Pain, inflammation, clicking or popping? A hip implant lawsuit could be what you need in order to cover the costs of a revision surgery.
With any surgery, there is a risk of complications. Severe complications are generally rare. However, one reason for the rash of hip replacement lawsuits is that defective implant design has created situations where they fail sooner than they should, and then a patient needs a second surgery.
If you experience infection, unequal leg lengths, loosening or implant wear, blood vessel injury or stiffness in the joint, you should see your doctor immediately. These could be symptoms of blood clots, dislocation, nerve damage, fracture or metal sensitivity.
When would I be a candidate for revision surgery?
Sometimes, the side-effects that happen from a hip replacement can only be resolved by a second surgery. Sometimes, the failure is from normal wear and tear, and other times it’s from a faulty device. Those are the occasions when a hip implant lawsuit might be your best bet for recovering any costs associated with the revision or your ongoing care and treatment. Often, a revision procedure is more complicated than the original surgery and it requires a more experienced surgeon and additional time in the hospital. There is also higher risk of complications than there is for a first hip surgery.
While some patients will take antibiotics prophylactically to catch an infection before it spreads, and some will avoid dislocations by minimizing physical activity, your failed hip replacement is never your fault. A hip replacement lawyer can help you recover the costs to which you’re entitled. The reason why hip replacement lawsuits are so prevalent in this country right now is that the Big Pharma companies have manufactured devices that were not up to the task of giving you relief from pain, and that could avoid unnecessary revisions and infections. A hip replacement recall could be in effect for your device, and we can help. Contact McIntyre Law today for a free consultation. We have an experienced hip replacement lawyer ready to take your case.