Tennessee Product Liability Law: Defective Hip Implants
At InjuryTN, our personal injury lawyers focus their attention on acquiring fair restitution for those affected by serious injury and fatality caused by defective products, including defective or faulty medical devices. Those which are of the highest concern are metal-on-metal hip implants, like those which have been recalled by DePuy Orthopedics, Stryker, Smith & Nephew, Wright, and Zimmer.
In the event that you or someone you love has endured complications after having one of these manufacturer’s or others’ hip implants, the experienced and knowledgeable staff at InjuryTN are ready to assist you in your legal matters. Those who have been affected by faulty hip implants may experience some of the following:
- Difficulty walking
- Pain or discomfort around the hips
- Metal poisoning
- The sensation of a dislocated hip
DePuy Hip Implant Recalls
In 2010, after more than 90,000 patients from around the world had received the faulty implants, DePuy Orthopedics recalled the ASR XL Acetubular & Resurfacing System. This recall came about following a U.K. national joint registry had uncovered the extensive failure rates of DePuy’s hip implants. Reports from DePuy claimed that 37,000 patients in the U.S. alone had received these defective implants, and British reports had indicated that more than 12% of these products had been faulty and required replacing.
Then, in what was deemed an abnormal action, the FDA mandated that all manufacturers of metal-on-metal implants for the hip were to place patients who had received their implants under careful observation so as to find out if these medical devices were indeed releasing metallic debris into the patient’s body, causing soft tissue damage.
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If you have been the victim of a defective hip implant, you should seek immediate legal assistance to protect your rights and receive fair compensation for your injuries.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration Intervenes
Hip implants similar to those which were manufactured by DePuy are specifically designed to replace patients’ ball-and-socket joints in the hips. These implants involve the use of a small metal ball fixed to a stem which acts as a replacement for the femur head. This ball will rotate inside of a metal-lined cup which replaces the natural socket. Metal parts which are often used in hip implants can wear down throughout the duration of its time inside the patient’s body, which often causes small particles of metal to disintegrate. These tiny particles of metal may result in the patient suffering severe damage to their joint and soft tissue around the implant, creating the possibility of an excruciating and disabling condition, as well as metal poisoning.
Those who have been the victim of complications caused by defective hip implants may need corrective surgery, and possibly even replacement implants. Studies regarding the 2010 DePuy hip implant recall have indicated that nearly 13% of all patients who had received the ASR XL hip implant had to undergo corrective surgery in less than 5 years.
Get the Help You Need with Your Defective Hip Implant Today
If you or someone you care about has endured the ramifications of a defective hip implant, our Nashville personal injury attorneys at InjuryTN are ready to help you determine the best course of action following such serious injury. If our attorneys take your case, our firm will aggressively seek the compensation you deserve. Contact our office today to set up your free and confidential case evaluation and discuss your rights with an experienced Tennessee personal injury lawyer.