Until recently, metal-on-metal hip replacements were considered more durable than implants made with ceramics or plastics. They were often recommended for younger, more active patients because they would last longer.
Unfortunately, as the parts of the metal joint rub together, metal dust is released. These joints are made of a cobalt-chromium alloy, and both cobalt and chromium are heavy metals and can cause adverse health effects when they accumulate in the body. Cobalt can cause vomiting and nausea, vision problems, heart problems, and thyroid damage. Chromium can cause digestive problems, ulcers, skin rashes, breathing problems, kidney damage, liver damage, lung cancer, weakening of the immune system, and death.
Wisconsin hip implant patients who have suffered from metal poisoning may join a pharmaceutical class-action to seek compensation from the manufacturer of their hip implant. The amount of compensation will depend on several factors:
- The extent of the metal poisoning injury
- How long the victim has suffered from the effects of metal poisoning
- The effect that the hip replacement metal poisoning had on the patient’s physical and mental health or overall well-being
- The pain and suffering associated with the injury or the removal of the hip implant
- How much disfigurement or scarring was caused by the defective implant or its removal
- The amount of any past or future medical expenses associated with the metal-on-metal hip implant
- Any lost wages or loss of earning capacity due to the defective hip replacement
Compensation for hip implant metal poisoning may include payment for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
The Wisconsin personal injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham help victims of hip replacement injuries to protect their rights with pharmaceutical class action lawsuits against companies like DuPuy and Johnson and Johnson. To learn more or discuss your own claim, contact us online or call us directly at 800-800-5678. The initial consultation is free.