Hip replacement surgery is a major procedure that some patients suffer serious complications from. More than 30,000 product liability lawsuits against artificial hip manufacturers have been filed because of those complications. A common hip replacement lawsuit filing is against Stryker’s metal on metal artificial hip.
Are You Eligible for Compensation?
Patients who have had complications with hip replacement surgery might have a legal basis for a lawsuit and compensation for their injuries and damages. That’s why it’s important for them to consult with an experienced and effective hip replacement attorney who has successfully represented patients who have suffered complications in the past.
Common Hip Surgery Risks
When complications result from hip replacement surgery, a second surgery might be needed. That puts the patient through another set of surgical risks and a lengthy period of recovery. As per Mayo Clinic, here are some of those risks:
- Unequal leg length.
- Dislocation of the ball joint.
- Loosening of the device.
- Metal poisoning.
- Stiffness and pain.
Signs of a Failing Implant
Some patients don’t realize that their hip implant is beginning to fail. Here are some indications that a patient might be experiencing degradation of their implant:
- Pain with walking and swelling and discoloration at the hip or groin areas.
- Palpable lumps at or near your surgical site.
- Feeling as if the ball of the joint is displaced.
- Hip popping or metallic squeaking.
What Type of Implant Do You Have?
It’s important for patients to know what company made their implant and what model it is. Although you might not have any complications, it’s possible that your implant could be recalled. If you learn that it has been recalled, contact your surgeon immediately.
What to Do if You Think Your Implant is Failing
A failed hip implant will likely mean another hip replacement surgery with a more reliable implant. That translates into another hospitalization and more time with those physical therapists who you know all too well. And then, there are those same risks.
The law of product liability contemplates a manufacturer or seller placing a dangerously defective product into the hands, or in this case, the hip of a consumer. When that occurs, a cause of action for a hip replacement lawsuit exists, and the damages would be substantial. You should discuss repairing your existing device or removal and implantation of a newer and safer device with your surgeon. After that, contact our offices to arrange for a free consultation with an experienced hip replacement lawsuit attorney from our law firm. We’ll be pleased to review the details of your case with you and advise you on all of your legal options.