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Defective Hip Implant Recall: YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION
Hip implants manufactured by DePuy (DePuy ASR and DePuy Pinnacle models), Zimmer (Durom cup model) and Wright orthopedics are being recalled. All affected models share the same characteristics. They are all considered metal-on-metal devices, where a metal cup socket is placed on the hip and is attached to a metal ball fitting that is attached to the thigh bone. Traditionally these fittings were made with ceramic. It was believed that the metal fittings would be vastly superior to the prior models in functionality and longevity.
What the public has recently learned is that not only would more testing have revealed the flaws in the metal alloys used, chromium and cobalt, but also that DePuy knew about the problems years before the products were taken off the market and in the name of profits did not say anything. To make matters worse, it was reported recently that DePuy may have taken some of the recalled units pulled from shelves here, and sold them overseas.
When the DePuy hips were finally removed from the market in August 2010, 13% of the 93,000 hips used worldwide had failed. Today, the failure rate is approaching 25%, and according to a recent report by the British Orthopedic Association, it is thought it will ultimately approach 50%. Initially, implant patients noticed extreme pain, infections and their hip locking up from the devices breaking, splintering and fracturing. These cases resulted in immediate revision surgery to replace the defective device.
However, another side effect that has come to light over the past year is the device grinding, and tiny metal shavings entering the patients' bloodstream. Scientists have begun to study the effect of having these metals in the bloodstream. Early studies have liked this metal poisoning to a variety of serious health problems. However, most notably, a few weeks ago a study was released linking chromium poisoning to melanoma, a form of skin cancer.
In light of the above, some surgeons are now taking the position that all DePuy ASR hips need to be removed, even if the patient is not experiencing physical side effects. Therefore, the patient need not feel pain or have physical problems to have a case.
Hupy and Abraham, S.C. is experienced in representing these types of cases. Our staff is trained to speak with you regarding your defective hip implant case.
Please call Hupy and Abraham, S.C. at 1.800.800.5678 for a free consultation.