Hip Replacements Can Lead to Devastating Consequences
Living with hip pain can be unbearable causing many people to turn to hip replacement surgery in order to reclaim their quality of life. The tragic truth for some of these patients who receive a defective metal-on-metal hip implant during their procedure is that the symptoms become worse than before. Some are wheelchair bound for the rest of their lives.
The Cause of the Problem
Patients across the United States have filed metal-on-metal hip replacement device lawsuits against manufacturers. The plaintiffs in these lawsuits claim the manufacturers were negligent in the design of the devices that were implanted during surgery. In far too many cases, defective devices have failed, leading to severe complications.
Some patients, for example, suffer from a condition due to metallosis. This occurs when the metal components of their hip replacement implant rub together. When this happens, microscopic pieces of metal enter the bloodstream. If left untreated, this condition can lead to the death of tissue and the loss of bone.
But metallosis is not the only risk associated with defective metal-on-metal hip implants. These devices often come loose, necessitating a second painful surgery in order to correct the problem. Some patients have reported a loss of mobility as well as severe pain due to the instability of defective implants.
What Can You Do About It?
You need to make sure your rights are protected if you have developed complications due to a defective metal-on-metal hip implant. There is a chance that the manufacturer failed to thoroughly explain the risks of the device you received during your surgery. There is also a chance that the device was designed in a negligent fashion. As a result, you may be able to obtain substantial compensation.