As a patient, you seek out hip replacement surgery with the intention of improving your mobility and your overall quality of life in the years to come. But what happens when things go wrong? This has happened to numerous patients who received a metal-on-metal hip implant and went on to experience major health problems and complications. Lawsuit cases have been filed against a number of implant manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, Smith & Nephew, and Stryker Orthapaedics. In some cases, you may learn that the manufacturer went on to issue a recall on a dangerous implant or medical device after you underwent surgery.
If you suffered complications and had to undergo one or more revision surgeries, you may qualify to file a hip replacement lawsuit to seek out money for your pain, suffering, medical bills, lost wages and other losses. At the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A., our Florida lawyers are committed to helping you get a fair settlement or a favorable jury verdict if your case proceeds to court.
Based in Orlando, Florida, lawyers with the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. take a unique approach by placing the client first and foremost. With this approach, you’ll enjoy smoother and less stressful legal proceedings.
Contact the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A.’s world class team of hip replacement lawyers to discuss your case in a free, confidential case evaluation session. Call 407-422-2188.
A Look at the Issues Surrounding Hip Replacement Lawsuits
The Orlando lawyers of the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. receive lots of questions from clients who are considering a lawsuit, but many are unsure of where to begin as they’ve never been involved in any sort of litigation. We believe that by informing our clients and answering their questions, the process of filing a hip replacement lawsuit is less stressful.
Our legal team has compiled information on some of the most common questions surrounding defective hip implants and how you can go about filing a related legal claim to address the joint injuries and other health problems that you’ve suffered.
What Are the Most Common Lawsuit Claims Surrounding Hip Implants?
Lawsuits have been filed, alleging faulty hip implant design, defective hip implants and a failure to properly warn patients of the serious side effects, such as metallosis.
To date, Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy hip implants have been the subject of over 12,000 metal on metal hip implant lawsuits. DePuy implants were reportedly intended to last for a longer timeframe than other types of implants, but the opposite occurred in many cases, resulting in a need for revision surgeries and additional hip replacement procedures.
In addition to DePuy, Stryker hip implants have also been subject to a number of lawsuits, along with Wright Medical Technology, Zimmer Holdings, Smith & Nephew, OMNI, and Biomet.
What Defective Hip Implant Effects Serve as Sufficient Grounds for a Lawsuit?
A lawsuit for a metal-on-metal hip implant case is different from your typical product liability or medical malpractice case (although medical malpractice can certainly be a factor in some cases.) Losses that occur as a direct result of a faulty or poorly designed metal on metal hip implant can serve as grounds for a lawsuit. Some of the most common adverse effects from a defective hip implant include:
- decreased mobility or loss of mobility;
- severe pain and discomfort;
- infections (which can necessitate hospitalization, surgery or replacement of the hip implant);
- inflammation and swelling;
- bone damage; and
- loosening or malfunction of the defective hip implant.
One of our attorneys can review your case to learn more about the options for your unique case.
What is Metallosis?
Metallosis is a serious medical condition that can arise when metal particles are released by the hip implant. Metal particles are formed when the metallic components of the hip implant grind against each other.
Those metal particles can make their way into the bloodstream, resulting in a serious health risk and metal poisoning that worsens over time. The metal particles can also damage the surrounding bone, muscles and tissue, creating severe discomfort and pain.
DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement implants have been linked to an especially high number of metallosis cases and a higher than typical revision surgery rate. This has led to a number of DePuy hip lawsuit cases.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Seek in a Hip Replacement Lawsuit?
When filing a hip replacement lawsuit, you can seek compensation for a number of losses, including your medical expenses and hospital bills, your pain and suffering, lost wages, damage to relationships and beyond. One of our Orlando attorneys can provide you with more information after learning more about your case.
How Much Will it Cost to Hire a Florida Lawyer to Help Me File a Hip Replacement Lawsuit?
At the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A., we typically accept lawsuits involving defective medical devices on a contingency basis. In this sort of arrangement, the client typically agrees to pay for legal fees out of a percentage of their jury award or settlement.
Trust Our Team of Top Florida Attorneys to File Your Hip Replacement Lawsuit
Whether you are seeking to file a DePuy or Stryker hip lawsuit or need an experienced hip implant lawyer to take on your case against another metal on metal hip implant manufacturer, the experienced team at the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. is ready to take action.
Our Orlando attorneys are ready to assist patients who have been struggling with complications following a hip replacement. Hip replacement lawsuits can serve as an effective option for recovering money to pay your medical bills, to cover lost wages and to cover other losses such as pain and suffering.
Our experienced team of Orlando lawyers adopts a unique client-first approach to every case. It’s our belief that a cooperative relationship makes for a more stress-free legal process for our clients.
Contact the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. today to arrange a confidential, no-cost consultation to discuss your case. But remember to call as soon as possible because the law limits how long you have to take action. Call our team of Central Florida lawyers at 407-422-2188.