Recalled DePuy Hip Implant Design Flaws
The defects of the DePuy hip systems include a metal on metal design that increases the instability of the product. While metal on metal systems are not in and of themselves dangerous products, the particular manufacturing of the DePuy systems has increased the likelihood of friction and wear on the unit.
Normally, a hip implant has a lifetime of about 15 to 20 years, after which it's replaced in a procedure called hip revision surgery. However, the abnormally high failure rate of the recalled DePuy hip implant products - the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System - has required some patients to undergo 2 or even 3 additional hip revisions.
If you've had to undergo additional hip revisions as a result of using DePuy's product, contact a Milwaukee personal injury attorney immediately.
Health Risks Posed by Recalled DePuy Hip Implant
Each additional hip revision poses a higher risk to the patient for failure rate, infection, surgical complications, and decreased life expectancy of the new hip device.
A certain amount of friction is expected and required of every hip device, but the excessive friction caused by the recalled DePuy hip implant design flaws result in such excessive friction that chromium and cobalt shavings have been released into patients' bloodstreams.
The shavings can cause:
- blood poisoning;
- loosening and dislocation of the joint;
- tumor-like growths on the joint;
- nerve and tissue death; and
- increased pain.
Working with a Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney
If you've used a recalled DePuy product, even if you've already had it removed, you may have a valid Wisconsin injury claim. Defective product claims are among the most complicated types of claims to successfully pursue. If you were injured by a DePuy hip system or another defective product, you need an experienced Milwaukee personal injury attorney who can stand up for your legal rights against the team of lawyers who will be defending the product manufacturer, designer, retailer, or other liable party.
A personal injury attorney can determine all of the liable parties involved in your case and help you fight to recover the compensation you need to recover. Contact a personal injury attorney at Hupy and Abraham for a no-cost consultation on your case: 1-800-800-5678.