Hip Replacement Lawsuit

Hip Replacement Lawsuit

Thousands of lawsuits piled up after hip recipients banked on the promise of reduced pain and greater mobility only to suffer complications far more debilitating. Allegations include faulty designs and serious complications like metallosis.

Major Manufacturers Face Lawsuits

Several hip implant manufacturers are involved in lawsuits because of complications suffered by people who received faulty devices. These plaintiffs claim the companies made defective products and failed to warn the public about the risks.

DePuy faces nearly 12,000 lawsuits filed by people who received the ASR hip implant and another 3,000 from recipients of its Pinnacle hip. DePuy reportedly will pay $2.5 billion to settle 7,500 of the ASR claims. The all-metal devices were supposed to last longer than other implants on the market. Instead, they failed prematurely in thousands of people.

Hip replacement implants that can cause serious injury

DePuy Orthopaedics

  • ASR XL Acetabular System
  • ASR Hip Resurfacing System

Zimmer Holdings

  • Durom Cup

Stryker Orthopaedics

  • ABG II modular-neck hip stems
  • Rejuvenate

Biomet

  • M2a metal-on-metal hip devices

Wright Medical Technology

  • Conserve Plus

Lawsuits Can Compensate Victims

Following a failed hip replacement, tens of thousands of patients are left with physical, mental and emotional burdens. Filing a lawsuit may provide some compensation for these injuries and allow patients and their families to move on with their lives.

Medical Bills

Hip replacement injuries can be permanent. Some require revision surgery and medical care that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. These costs can include doctor’s visits, tests, medication and hospitalization.

Pain and Suffering

Coping with these injuries can also carry a high emotional toll. Discomfort resulting from device failure can immobilize patients and interfere with their ability to work and participate in other activities.

Lost Wages and Damaged Relationships

Compensatory Damages: Including caregiving services and lost income. Loss of Consortium: Damages to relationship with spouse. Punitive Damages: Awards to discourage similar conduct.

Filing a Hip Replacement Lawsuit

If you received a faulty hip implant, you should talk to a qualified lawyer about whether you are eligible to recover damages. There are a handful of things to keep in mind about filing a claim. Those include knowing that a lawsuit may bring you more compensation than a recall and knowing exactly what a product liability attorney can do for you.

Lawsuit vs. Recall

The reality is, a lawsuit may offer you more compensation than a recall. Device makers may offer compensation as part of a recall. But they will likely limit compensation to certain medical treatments and revisions. They may not address potential losses like lost wages and pain and suffering. According to some patients, DePuy only covered a fraction of revision costs under their recall, leaving injured patients to foot the rest of the bill. Talk to a lawyer about how a lawsuit may offer more compensation.

Class-Action Lawsuit

Consider talking to a lawyer about risks and benefits of joining a class-action lawsuit. A class action is a lawsuit filed collectively by a large group of people with similar claims. Class-action claimants generally have less control over their cases, including negotiating settlement terms, than individual claimants. However, these groups often have leverage to reach large settlements. Before joining a class action, consider talking to an attorney about the risks and benefits of filing your claim individually.

Think about a Settlement

A qualified device attorney may be able to help you obtain a settlement. These attorneys are knowledgeable about hip replacement injuries and device makers. They can use their experience to help you make decisions like whether to file a claim, go to trial or accept a settlement. Remember that each case is different. It is always best to speak with a qualified attorney for specific information about your legal rights and any available compensation.