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Have you received a hip replacement? If you have suffered any side effects from dangerous metal-on-metal hip implants, you may be entitled to receive valuable compensation. Our Raleigh metal hip replacement lawyers are committed to holding the manufacturers of defective medical devices accountable for their reckless actions and bringing justice to the patients who have suffered unreasonable harm. We invite you to take advantage of a no-cost, no-obligation consultation: It costs you nothing to see if we can help.

Complications With Hip Replacements

In metal-on-metal (MoM) devices, the ball and socket components are made of metal. Unfortunately, metal-on-metal devices can shed metal particles into the body, which can cause damage to nearby bone and soft tissue, resulting in a painful condition called metallosis. Some of these malfunctions are a result of design defects on the part of the manufacturers. The dangers these devices pose to those who receive them can have serious consequences on a person’s health, sometimes even resulting in death. As instances of device issues came up more, the FDA got involved, which only further raised public awareness.

Some of the symptoms of metallosis include:

  • Necrosis (soft tissue death)
  • Loosening of the device
  • Infection
  • Osteolysis (body’s aggressive immune reaction to metal debris)
  • Implant corrosion
  • Chromosomal aberration
  • Neurological changes
  • Psychological changes

Metallosis typically appears within nine months of surgery, and can lead to device failure, which almost always requires a revision surgery. As a consequence, recalls have been issues on many metal-on-metal hip implants.

Manufacturers also have a responsibility to their consumers. If they are aware of issues with their products and fail to warn consumers, they can be held liable for damages.

Understanding the history of metal hip replacement devices can help individuals understand why there have been numerous lawsuits filed against their manufacturers.

Contact a Raleigh Hip Replacement Lawyer

If you have suffered complications from any brand of hip implant including Biomet, Stryker, Wright Medical, Zimmer, or DePuy, we can help you explore your legal options and pursue the compensation you rightfully deserve. At Whitley Law firm, we have been serving the people of North Carolina with compassion and respect for a more than 80 years combined.

Lawsuits involving metal hip replacements can differ from other personal injury cases because there may be multiple similar lawsuits in progress at the same time. As a result, a few cases are selected as bellwether trials that move forward; this is known as multidistrict litigation.

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