If you received a hip implant and had complications or other concerns, you may be one of the thousands of people who is having issues related to defective materials or a problematic procedure. We can discuss your case with you for free if you would like to learn more about what you can do to get compensation for your pain, revision or repair, lost income, and more.
The lawyers at Jenner Law have vast experience in orthopedic medical device cases. We are currently engaged in a number of defective medical product investigations on behalf of clients who have been injured as a result of these products. We will be glad to look into your painful orthopedic hip implant case, as well.
Understanding the Hip Implant Procedure and Outcomes
The incidence of hip revisions is constantly rising, with an estimated 300,000+ hip replacements performed every year. In fact, almost one million hip replacement surgeries have been completed nationally in just the past five years.
An artificial hip procedure addresses hip joint deterioration that is causing pain, stiffness, and poor mobility. The parts of an artificial hip are largely composed of three general materials:
- Metal: Cobalt-chromium or titanium
- Ceramic: Smoother than polished metal but more brittle and breakable
- Polyethylene: Used in the socket part of the hip joint
Combinations of components are referred to by various terms such as metal-on-metal, metal-on-ceramic, ceramic-on-ceramic, metal-on polyethylene, and ceramic-on-polyethylene. The problem is that each combination carries its own unique risks and possible complications.
Types of Complications You May Have Experienced
Some of the most common complications of defective hip replacement materials or placement can include:
- Chronic pain that does not abate as the surgery heals
- Implant site fracture
- Bone loss
- Metal toxicity
- Dangerous blood clots
- Hip material detachment or working loose
If you experience any of these symptoms, your first call should be your doctor. They will be able to assess what is going on and help you put a plan in place for revision surgery or another treatment to address your pain and mobility issues.
After you see your doctor, you may want to consider your legal options. If you would like to speak to an experienced orthopedic injury attorney, give us a call. The call and the consultation are free.
Identifying Who Is Liable for Your Injuries
The facts of your case will dictate who is responsible and who we can hold accountable. This will depend on:
- The injuries you suffered
- The cause of your injuries
- The manufacturer of your implant
- Other factors unique to your case
While it could be the fault of the surgeon or other factors, we are finding that defective or dangerous implants are a big part of the problem for many people. In fact, there is an ongoing mass tort that our firm is heavily involved in, Smith & Nephew Orthopedic Hip Replacement multidistrict litigation, MDL 2775.
During your initial conversation with our team, we can assess whether we think you may qualify to join this MDL, pursue an individual case against a manufacturer, hold a doctor responsible for malpractice, or take other steps to get justice for the pain you endured.
Paying for Your Revision, Treatment, and Care
Our lawyers have two goals for every case we handle. We want to hold those responsible accountable and recover money for our clients so that they can pay for the care they need and cover the losses they incurred. This is why we work hard to identify and value the damages our clients suffered and get the money they deserve.
When we file a claim or sue on our client’s behalf in a defective medical device case, we could recover compensation based on the costs and losses that occurred because of the defective device. These awards often include:
- Medical care such as pain management, revision surgery, rehabilitation, and more
- Future care and support needs, if any
- Lost income if they missed work for surgery or because of their injuries
- Future lost wages if they cannot return to their previous job
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
In some of these cases, punitive damages are also available. They penalize those responsible by requiring them to pay additional money above the victim’s losses.
How Our Team May Be Able to Help You Get the Money You Deserve
At Jenner Law, our orthopedic hip implant lawyers can help you get a financial recovery that helps you cover the bills associated with your revision surgery, any work you missed, and other related losses. We understand how these cases are moving through the courts and the options you have for holding those responsible accountable for their defective products or other negligence.
We can demand compensation from a liable party, file an individual lawsuit, or help you join the multidistrict litigation already in progress. Let’s discuss how each of these options could work out based on what happened to you and the expenses you hope to recover.
Call Jenner Law Today to Start Your Free Consultation
We represent our clients with no upfront attorney’s fees or costs. We do not ask you for any money until we get a settlement or court award for you. We do not get any attorney’s fees unless we win your case.
Call us today to get started or learn more at (888) 585-2188.
About Jenner Law’s Orthopedic Injury Attorneys
The United States District Court for the District of Maryland has named ROB JENNER as Liaison Counsel, and KATIE KERNER to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, for the Smith & Nephew Orthopedic Hip Replacement MDL in Baltimore (MDL No. 2775). Rob also serves on the Essure Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee of the California Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings in Oakland, California (JCCP 4887). He is also Co-Lead Counsel for the Gilead Tenofovir Cases (JCCP 5043); Liaison Counsel for the Zofran litigation (MDL) in Boston; and Liaison Counsel for the Smith & Nephew BHR hip implant litigation (MDL) in Baltimore.