Texas Defective Hip Implant and Replacement Attorney

If you have had a metal-on-metal hip implant and replacement manufactured by Stryker, Depuy, Biomet, Smith & Nephew, Wright or Zimmer, whether or not it has been recalled, you may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit. Patients who have received all metal implants should be aware of symptoms which may indicate the device is not functioning properly, including:

  • Regular and prolonged pain in the groin, hip or leg
  • Swelling at or near the hip joint
  • A limp or change in walking ability
  • Lab results showing abnormal chromium or cobalt levels
  • A diagnosis of metalosis

If you received a metal hip implant and have experienced any of the symptoms listed above, contact your physician immediately. If you are told that you need hip revision surgery, make sure that the removed component parts are preserved and consult your counsel to ensure they are saved correctly.

In March 2016, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $502 million in damages over flawed artificial hip devices sold by Dupuy under the Pinnacle brand name. The plaintiffs in this case all received Pinnacle Ultramet hip replacements that failed after the devices leached cobalt and chromium into their bloodstreams. Johnson & Johnson stopped selling the devices in 2013 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration toughened artificial-hip regulations.

In 2013, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy paid $2.5 billion to settle thousands of individual lawsuits over the defective ASR hip implant. In addition, J&J established a $475 million fund to cover the costs of extraordinary medical injuries, such as strokes, heart attacks or multiple surgeries to replace artificial hips. The company recalled 93,000 of those devices worldwide in August 2010, after acknowledging 12 percent failed within five years.  Multiple patients also developed symptoms of cobalt toxicity from the metal in the implant flaking off and entering the bloodstream, causing neuropathy and other damage to the nervous system.

If you have undergone a hip replacement, even if you are not currently experiencing problems, be aware that approximately one in 12 recipients of metal-on-metal devices may require corrective surgery within five years of implantation.  If you would like to get more information as a hip implant patient or have been injured by a flawed hip implant and replacement, the law firm of Chandler Mathis and Zivley, PC can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Chandler, Mathis & Zivley, PC has offices located in Houston and Lufkin Texas and serves clients throughout East Texas as well as many other states.
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