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What to Know Before You File a Hip Implant Lawsuit
Thousands of people across the country suffering from complications associated with hip implant surgery have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of these devices. If you are thinking of taking legal action as well, here are some of the things you should know.
Why Are People Filing Lawsuits?
Plaintiffs in many hip implant lawsuits are alleging that the manufacturers designed faulty products and failed to warn patients of the risks. DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is one example. A jury awarded six plaintiffs more than $1 billion in December in a lawsuit against DePuy, marking the second major verdict against the manufacturer. Another jury awarded a group of five plaintiffs more than $500 million in a suit against DePuy in 2015.
Why You Should Consider Legal Action
If you have suffered complications after hip implant surgery, you may be able to obtain compensation for the “damages,” or losses, you have suffered due to those complications. Below are just some of the damages you may be able to recover through a lawsuit.
- Medical expenses – Many people who suffer hip implant complications are left with extremely high medical bills. Some need multiple surgeries to correct the damage done by the alleged faulty implants, which may require extended hospitalizations and lead to medical expenses tottalling hundreds of thousands of dollars.
- Pain and suffering – Hip implant complications can result in excruciating pain that can rob a patient of his or her quality of life.
- Lost wages – Complications can also keep patients from being able to work for long periods of time – in some instances, people suffer permanent disabilities and are unable to ever work again.