Helping Clients Who Suffered Serious Hip Replacement Complications
Replacing the ball-and-socket hip joint can relieve pain and increase mobility for many people. Whether a hip replacement is from an injury such as a hip fracture or regular wear-and-tear, this is a common procedure. Some hip replacement implants involve a metal ball and a metal socket, often a mixture of cobalt and chromium. Metal-on-metal implants are thought to be more durable than plastic or ceramic implants, though people with metal-on-metal hip implants have suffered serious complications.
If you had a hip replacement only to experience severe and even life-threatening complications, you deserve to receive full compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and all other relevant losses. At the Benner Law Firm, we work to hold manufacturers like Depuy Orthopedics (owned by Johnson & Johnson) fully liable for harm they cause by selling defective medical devices. Call today to discuss your rights and options.
Metal Poisoning from Hip Implants
The two components of a hip implant rub together as a person walks and moves around. When both components are metal, the friction has caused little pieces of metallic debris to flake off and be released into the bloodstream and body. Metal particles can get lodged and build up in the soft tissue, and a condition called metallosis can develop. Metallosis can lead to:
- Severe pain
- Skin rash
- Vision or hearing problems
- Impairment of renal functioning
- Thyroid problems
These symptoms are in addition to the possible complications of any type of hip implant, which include bone fracture, implant fracture, infection, and more.
Contact a Mass Tort Lawyer in San Diego as Soon as Possible
The Benner Law Firm knows that metal-on-metal hip implants can result in many unexpected injuries due to the design of the device. Manufacturers should be responsible for the medical costs and pain and suffering you endure due to your hip implant. To learn about your rights for free, contact us online or call 619.595.6795 today.