As the hip recall lawsuits continue to be filed, the amount of replacement surgeries in younger adults is continuing to rise.
The total number of hip replacement surgeries has doubled from 2000 to 2010, according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. The most shocking increase was found in people between the ages of 45 and 54, where the number of hip implants received increased by 205%. People aged 40 to 60 have accounted for the majority of hip implant surgeries since the devices were brought to market, however, there has been a significant increase in patients who are even younger. This is partly due to young adults who suffered through their childhood with joint problems and osteoarthritis.
For many, the only solution to repair their hips is total hip replacement or hip resurfacing. These two types of surgeries both require metal-on-metal hip implant devices, which have been under heavy legal fire since recalls began just a few years back.
Metal Hip Implants
Metal hip components have quickly become the standard for hip replacement surgeries. Sometimes referred to as “metal-on-metal” hip implants, these devices are touted as being longer lasting and targeted at younger people who require hip replacement. However, many recent studies and reports have suggested that these metal implants are actually a hindrance to movement and long term joint health.
Recent lawsuits being filed allege that these metal hip replacement parts are causing extreme problems in many people who have underwent replacement surgery. The major flaw of these hip systems is that the metal components rub together, and over time, metal debris from the implant break off and poison the body. This condition is known as metallosis and can be very dangerous if not found and treated in a timely manner. Metal flakes that enter the bloodstream, organs or neighboring tissues can cause infection, swelling, and allergic reactions. Then, over time, the replacement components loosen, deteriorate or break. When the device fails, surgery is usually required to repair or replace the components. Severe cases of metallosis can lead to neurological damages, renal function impairment, allergic reactions, and cardiomyopathy.
There have been three major recalls of hip implant devices. Furthermore, there have been various metal-on-metal hip settlements and thousands of other patients are currently pursuing lawsuits against these companies that produced the faulty hip devices.
Our Michigan Hip Recall Lawyers
If you or someone you care about has been harmed by a metal-on-metal hip implant, you may have the right to file a lawsuit against the device manufacturer. You can call our office any time of day at (800) 606-1717 to speak with a top rated attorney. We will listen to your story and inform you of what your best options are. We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means you will not pay a single cent unless we are able to obtain a settlement or jury verdict for your case. There is absolutely nothing to lose, so call our award winning attorneys today to file your claim!