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23 Aug 2013

Hip Replacement Failure & Surgery

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A hip replacement is used for treatment of patients who suffer from hip joint deterioration or have hip damage due to arthritis, fractures, or other conditions.  When a patient undergoes hip replacement surgery, the goal of the procedure is to relive pain and restore mobility from fracture or degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis.  These surgeries are quite common in the U.S., with an estimation of 400,000 procedures being performed each year and a growth of 600,000 by 2015.

However, even though these artificial medical devices are known to increase mobility and reduce pain of a patient, there have been several reports of the implant failing and causing severe complications.  The failure of a hip replacement is serious, and can lead to several medical problems, as well as create the need for a second revision surgery.

Hip Implant Failure Statistics

Hip replacements should last on average about 15 years before they need to be replaced.  This is not the case with several of the metal-on-metal hip implants that are currently out on the market, such as Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II, DePuy’s ASR XL, and Smith & Nephew’s R3.  All of these models have been recalled due to their high failure rate and cause for serious complications to hip implant patients.

In fact, it was quoted in The Lance Medial Journal, March 2012, that “metal-on-metal implants give poor implant survival compared to other options and should not be implanted.”

However, even metal-on-metal hip devices that are not recalled are causing several complications to patients and need for a second revision surgery.  Besides DePuy, Stryker, and Smith & Nephew, some of the other common manufacturers that have developed hip replacements that are failing prematurely include Zimmer Holdings, Wright Medical Technology, and Biomet. Inc.

Compensation For Failure of Hip Replacement Lawsuits

Whether a medical device is recalled or not, patients suffering harm due to a implant that has failed prematurely and caused harm do have legal rights and may possibly have a legal claim against the manufacturer for their pain and suffering damages. This type of lawsuit is called a defective medical device claim and often times results in significant settlements for the injured patient.

These lawsuits seek compensation for a number of different types of damages, including pain and suffering, medical bills, lost income, spousal damages, and punitive damages.

No Win No Fee Promise For Michigan Hip Replacement Lawsuits

Our Michigan hip replacement attorneys will represent you in your implant failure case under our No Win No Fee Promise.  This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you.  You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case.  If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing.

Contact Your Michigan Lawyer For Hip Implant Failure

For more information about your rights after suffering serious harm or complications from a hip implant device that has failed, call our top rated Michigan hip replacement attorneys now at (800) 606-1717.  We will discuss your case with you and determine whether or not you have a legal basis to file a claim.  Call today for you free, no obligation consultation! 

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