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Metal Hip Implant Lawsuits Continue to be Filed

November 9, 2012 — In the last few years, thousands of people have filed metal hip implant lawsuits. Several of these devices have been recalled due to high rates of failure, revision surgery, and debilitating side effects. In most cases, the litigation has been centralized and cases are proceeding in federal court. If you were injured by a defective metal hip implant, you may still have time to file a lawsuit.

Lawsuits have been centralized against the following hip implant manufacturers:

  • DePuy ASR: Recalled August 2010. MDL located in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
  • DePuy Pinnacle: Not recalled. MDL located in U.S. District Court for Northern District of Texas.
  • Stryker Rejuvenate / ABG II: Recalled July 2012. No MDL formed yet, but lawsuits have been filed.
  • Biomet M2A Magnum: Not recalled. MDL formed in U.S. District Court for Northern District of Indiana.
  • Zimmer Durom Acetabular Cup: Recalled 2008, returned to market. MDL located in U.S. District Court for New Jersey.
  • Wright Conserve: No recall. MDL formed in U.S. District Court for Northern District of Georgia.

Studies have linked metal-on-metal hip implants to higher rates of failure than metal-on-plastic or ceramic designs. The problem with metal hip implants is that the metal parts grind together when a patient walks. This may allow toxic particles of chromium and cobalt metal to form debris around the hip implant. The debris can cause tissue irritation, pain, and dislocation of the hip joint. Tiny particles can also get into a patient’s bloodstream and cause toxic metal poisoning (metallosis).

In some cases, patients must have revision surgery to remove their defective hip implant. This can be extremely painful, expensive, debilitating, and traumatic on fragile bones in the hip and femur.

Many people who were injured by a defective metal hip implant are now contact a metal hip implant lawyer for information on how to file a lawsuit. The litigation is currently proceeding in most cases. However, some cases have already settled.

Zimmer Holdings, the company that recalled the Durom Acetabular Cup in 2008, recently announced that they expect to pay $388 million in legal costs to resolve litigation stemming from the hip implant. So far, the company has paid $98 million to resolve claims from people who were injured.

Do I have a Metal Hip Implant Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting metal hip implant induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by a defective metal hip implant, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability & Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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