Smith & Nephew has been hit with lawsuits from people injured by the Birmingham or R3 Acetabular hip replacements. These lawsuits allege that the metal-on-metal design is defective and can lead to severe side effects like metallosis (metal poisoning).
Smith & Nephew Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit Information
In June 2012, Smith & Nephew recalled the R3 Acetabular Liner, a component used with the Birmingham hip implant. When used together, these devices create a metal-on-metal hip implant. When the metal parts grind together, friction can cause tiny particles of metal to accumulate around the hip joint. This can lead to many serious side effects, including metallosis.
Smith & Nephew is facing a growing number of lawsuits from people who were injured by metal-on-metal hip implants. However, these cases are not part of a class action. Instead, they are individual lawsuits that were filed by people who hired an attorney.
You may qualify to join this litigation if you were injured by:
What is the problem?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is nationally recognized as a class action law firm, bur our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group is not filing a class action lawsuit against Smith & Nephew. Instead, we are providing free case evaluations and filing individual lawsuits on behalf of people who were seriously injured by the Birmingham, R3 Acetabular System, and other metal-on-metal hip implants.
- Metallosis (metal poisoning)
- Chronic pain
- Inflammation and swelling in the hip
- Pseudo-tumor, bursa, and soft-tissue growths
- Bone loss in the hip
- Loosening or dislocation of the hip implant
- Systemic reactions to metal poisoning
- Limited mobility
- Premature failure of the hip implant
- Revision surgery
- And more
About Class Actions
When most people think about a large number of lawsuits centralized in one place, they think of class actions. While it is true that class actions are ideal in certain circumstances (such as when thousands of people need reimbursement for purchasing a defective product), they can have serious disadvantages for people with severe injuries. Class action members often must accept higher attorneys’ fees or a “low-ball” settlement.