A number of models of replacement hips have led to recalls in recent years. Those hips have a metal-on-metal design, and were manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, Stryker, Biomet, Wright Medical Technology, Zimmer, and Johnson & Johnson.
The metal-on-metal hips have produced issues with bits of the metal splinters getting embedded in the surrounding tissues, which can result in pain for the user while walking or sitting, as well as joint inflammation. Thousands of people have been forced to undergo new hip replacement surgeries because of the issue with the metal-on-metal design of the hips. In other cases, the metal hips have resulted in metal poisoning where the patient’s body has absorbed the metals used in the manufacturing of the hip. It has been estimated that some of the hips have a failure rate of approximately 20 to 40 percent.
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of the defective hips. Billions of dollars have been set aside by the companies involved in the manufacturing of the hips to resolve the litigation.
If you have been having problems with a metal hip, you should consult with an experienced product liability attorney right away. If you need a replacement surgery, consult with an attorney before the surgery so that any necessary evidence can be preserved. Call the product liability attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. Our team can help. Call us today or visit us on Twitter to learn more about the firm.