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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuits & Settlements IN BUFFALO, NY

In recent decades, metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants were pushed on patients as a better and more reliable option than other types of hip replacements. Unfortunately, these hip implants carried significant risks that simply were not properly disclosed to patients.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now raised serious public safety concerns regarding metal-on-metal hip replacements.

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Metal-on-Metal (MoM) Hip Implant: Safety Concerns

A metal-on-metal hip implant is a broad term used to describe a hip replacement device in which both the “ball” and the “socket” are made of metal. As metal is durable, many companies marketed these types of hip replacements to patients as “long-lasting” and “reliable”. Unfortunately, the reality has not lived up to those promises. As the “ball” and the “socket” slide against each other, small metal particles may be released. The wear, tear and corrosion has the potential to cause major health problems for the patient. In fact, it may lead to the patient developing a condition called Metallosis – a type of metal poisoning. It can cause serious complications, including:

Inflammation

Swelling

Severe pain

Bone loss

Hip dislocation

Total hip failure

Muscle breakdown

Infection

Heart problems

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When are Manufacturers Liable?

If you received a metal-on-metal hip implant and you have developed medical complications, you may be eligible to recover compensation by filing a lawsuit against the responsible medical device manufacturer. Companies have a legal responsibility to put reasonably safe products on the market. There have been serious questions raised about the safety of MoM hip implants. Claims have been raised on the grounds of defective manufacturing, design flaws, and inadequate warnings about the risks associated with these medical devices.

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When a metal-on-metal hip replacement goes wrong, a patient is entitled to financial compensation for the full value of their economic and non-economic damages. Sadly, medical device manufacturers and their insurance companies are known to fight these claims aggressively—working to pay out as little as possible in settlement or litigation. At Richmond Vona, LLC, our Buffalo, NY defective medical device lawyers work tirelessly to help our clients maximize their settlement offer or trial verdict. You may be eligible to recover damages for:

  • Emergency medical treatment
  • Other medical bills and expenses
  • Cost to repair or rehabilitate the hip
  • Loss of current and future wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disfigurement
  • Permanent physical impairment
  • Loss of life enjoyment

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Litigation FAQs

How Often Do Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements Fail?

Unfortunately, many metal-on-metal hip replacements have a much shorter lifespan than was initially advertised. The best estimates suggest that 6 percent of metal-on-metal hip replacements fail within the first five years. Nearly 20 percent require revision after 10 years. Most concerning, an estimated 5 percent of patients who got an MoM implant developed Metallosis.

Which Companies Manufactured these Hip Replacements?

Metal-on-metal hip implants have been manufactured by a wide array of companies. Some of the most notable manufacturers of these medical devices include:

  • Zimmer Biomet
  • DePuy Synthes
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Stryker Orthopaedics
  • Smith and Nephew, Inc
  • Wright Medical Group

Have Any Product Safety Recalls Been Reported?

Yes. A number of different product safety recalls have been reported. If you want to know if your metal-on-metal hip replacement was recalled, we can help you get answers. Though, it is worth mentioning that you may still have a viable personal injury claim even if your specific hip replacement was not recalled.

What is Metallosis?

Metallosis is when microscopic pieces of metal enter and poison a person’s bloodstream or body tissue. In defective MoM hip replacements, this happens when the metal components rub together and shed tiny metal particles.

Some people with Metallosis may not even know they have it, as its symptoms are not always present. For this reason, it is recommended by surgeons that patients with a MoM hip replacement get routine blood tests to test the level of metals present in their bloodstream.

If Metallosis is confirmed, revision surgery is almost always recommended to stop the poisoning. These surgeries are not cheap and often take longer to recover than the first surgery.

How Do I Know If I Have Metallosis?

If Metallosis (small metal particles being released into the bloodstream) from a MoM hip replacement occurs, you may experience any number of the following side effects:

  • Kidney Dysfunction
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Metal Poisoning
  • Pain in the Hip/Groin Area
  • Thyroid Problems
  • Bone Loss
  • Dementia
  • Depression or Anxiety

What Records Are Required For A MoM Hip Replacement Case?

The more medical records you have the stronger your case. However, there are two vital records needed to determine if you have a claim worth pursuing:

  1. Operative notes from the surgeon who performed your original surgery, as well as any from a revision surgery (if any).
  2. A copy of the records for your hip implant(s).

If you are unable to provide these two key documents, it is impossible to put together a strong claim.

At Richmond Vona, LLC, our New York defective medical device lawyers have the skills and experience needed to effectively represent clients who suffered harm as a result of a hip replacement. To set up a free, completely confidential review of your case, please contact us today. From our Buffalo law office, we serve communities throughout Western New York, including in Lockport, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda, and Lackawanna.

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