No One Expects To Be Injured By Their Hip Replacement
People who undergo a hip replacement surgery do so because they want to eliminate pain and increase their mobility. Typically, it is the elderly and those who have sustained a traumatic injury that undergo these procedures. When things go as planned, patients experience the relief they anticipated. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. When a hip device malfunctions, patients can suffer greater injury, ending up feeling worse than ever before.
If you have been injured or made ill due to a malfunctioning hip device, you may be legally entitled to compensation. Contact the hip device attorneys at Hawkins Spizman Fortas at (770) 626-7847 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. Our attorneys have decades of combined experience and are ready to put their knowledge to work for you.
Metallosis: A Deadly Condition?
When you receive a metal-on-metal hip replacement, you may suffer a common issue known as metallosis. As these ball-and-socket joint replacements rub against one another, metal deposits and debris can be released into the bloodstream and throughout the body.
As this debris scatters, a series of complications and conditions can occur. While you may experience immediate discomfort, the longer the debris remains in your body, the more serious your issues can become. These issues and complications include:
- Kidney problems
- Thyroid problems
- Bone loss
- Death of tissue
- Visual and auditory impairment, up to complete loss of vision or hearing
- Psychological health issues
- Heart issues, up to heart failure
- Skin rashes
- Cognitive impairment
- Loosening of implant
Because everyone reacts uniquely to these complications, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following:
Other Issues You May Experience With a Defective or Malfunctioning Hip Device
Metal hip replacements manufactured by different companies, including Stryker, have been recalled because of complications. In some cases, these metal hip replacements weaken to the point of breaking. Victims can be left in extreme pain and immobile. Hip replacements may also slip out of socket.
If you believe that your hip replacement has failed, it’s important to contact your medical provider as soon as possible. You should then, if your doctor doesn’t, contact the Food and Drug Administration to report the failure of your hip replacement. If there isn’t already a recall in place, the FDA may choose to launch an investigation.
Ultimately, a faulty metal hip replacement may be grounds for a lawsuit. It is important because of the statute of limitations that you contact an experienced attorney quickly to discuss your legal options. You may file your own lawsuit or, in some instances, join a class action lawsuit.
Medical Intervention Will Be Required
If your hip replacement fails, you will need surgical intervention to remedy it. If you are diagnosed with metallosis, your doctor may choose to treat you using a variety of options, including drug therapy. In some cases, you will require surgery.
Medical intervention in the case of a metal hip replacement failure can be extremely expensive and is not a financial burden you should be forced to take on. Chances are that you will need a new implant. You will need blood tests, x-rays and more. You will also require follow-up care. Don’t assume that you have no recourse and never assume that you are being dealt a financial blow from which you have no legal remedy.
Reach Out To A Hip Device Attorney Today
If your hip replacement has failed in some way, you may hold the manufacturer responsible. If the doctor made a mistake during implantation, you may have a case for medical malpractice. In either instance, an experienced personal injury attorney can be of assistance.
Reach out to Hawkins Spizman Fortas today to discover the legal options that are appropriate for your unique set of circumstances. We will speak to you at no cost and you are under no obligation to hire us. We only get paid if we win your case. Call us today at (770) 626-7847 to schedule your case evaluation.