Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Lawyers

The Dangers of Metal on Metal Hip Implants

Metal on metal hip implants were supposed to be a safe and reliable alternative to prosthetics that used ceramics or plastic. However, a large amount of problems have presented themselves ever since metal hip implant devices entered the market. Originally intended to be used for upwards of 25 years, thousands of users are experiencing adverse effects well before then, sometimes just one or two years after surgery.

If you have a hip implant and suddenly find yourself limping, pain begins to emanate from the hip area, or swelling occurs, then your metal on metal implant may have failed. Even in implants that have yet to completely fail, tests show that the constant grinding of the device’s metal parts creates metal shavings that enter the blood. This in turn leads to increased levels of metal ions in the blood stream. Studies are still being conducted on the side effects of these higher than average metal particle levels, with blood poisoning and cancer a possibility.

Leading Scientific Bodies Warn of Implant Defects

Because of the numerous health issues associated with such products, Britain’s healthcare regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), has recently recommended that patients be monitored annually by medical professionals. The new recommendation takes the place of an earlier advisement which suggested testing every five years. This careful monitoring should include blood tests and MRIs to determine if metal has reached the bloodstream.

The MHRA has stated that 49,000 out of a possible 65,000 persons with metal on metal hip implants are at a high risk of having their device fail.

The FDA to Issue Possible Corrective Action

The Food and Drug Administration is also evaluating the safety of such implants. In June of 2012, scientists, researcher, medical professionals, and patients themselves are set to provide input to the FDA in a two day advisory panel. This will allow the organization to determine whether stricter safety standards are necessary.

Currently, hip prostheses are approved through the 510(k) process, which allows medical technology companies to forego human testing if they can prove that their device is based off of a previously approved product. However, if a prior design was voluntarily recalled, a product based off that design can still skip human testing, giving medical device corporations a loophole and a speedy shortcut through the approval process.

The Nagelberg Bernard Law Group Can Help

Considering all of this, we think that you deserve fair compensation if you’ve been victimized by a faulty metal on metal hip implant. The metal on metal hip replacement lawyers of Nagelberg Bernard are pursuing claims that involve the following hip implants:

  • DePuy Pinnacle
  • DePuy ASR
  • BioMet
  • Wright Medical 

If you have experienced the detrimental effects of these devices, then give us a call today to receive a free consultation on your potential case. You are entitled to compensation for the bills you’ve incurred and the pain you have had to suffer through, and we can help you get it.

Call the hip implant attorneys of the Nagelberg Bernard Law Group today to get the legal assistance that can set your life back on track.

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