Tens of thousands of patients have received hip implants that are affected by the DePuy Hip Implant Recall. In addition, patients have implants involved in the Zimmer Hip Implant Recall, and more recently in the Stryker Rejuvenate recall.
But it doesn't end there. Other metal on metal hip implants, have also been implicated in early failure and metal toxicity, including the DePuy Pinnacle implant, Wright Profemur, and Biomet Magnum hip implants, and more.
When these hip implants fail, they require painful "revision" surgery to replace the defective hip implants. In the meantime, these artificial hip joints may also have caused permanent damage to the patients' surrounding bones and ligaments.
In addition, metal to metal implants also have been shown to cause metal toxicity. This is a particularly insidious problem because it does not always have symptoms that are easily recognized. This is the case for most implants involved in the current lawsuits since they are primarily of the metal-on-metal variety. In these types of implants, the metal on metal friction causes metal particles come lose and enter the surrounding tissue as well as the blood stream, resulting in metal toxicity. The only real way to stop this process requires that the hip implants is replaced.
The patients affected by a hip replacement recall or by any defective artificial hip, recalled or not, deserve to be compensated. However, many have questions about what to do and when.
The newly revised Hip Recall Report, available free of charge, is designed to answer these questions, especially those related to metal toxicity. It is also meant to help patients affected by the hip replacement recall avoid some of the biggest mistakes that could derail their recall compensation case.
According to Robert M. Clarke, coordinator of the Hip Recall Help Team, it is vitally important for patients to be well informed, and to get help from a competent lawyer.
"It's crucial to keep proper records about your case," Clarke points out. "Make sure you have copies of all your medical records and keep them in a safe place."
How would someone know if their hip implant is affected? Many patients have been informed by their health care provider. But some have not.
Typical symptoms include pain, swelling, difficulty walking, and more, especially if they occur long after the surgery, or if they have gotten worse after some initial improvement.
However, metal toxicity for example doesn't necessarily come with those typical symptoms, which is why it is important to be on the lookout for more subtle symptoms that can easily be mistaken for something else. In fact, anyone who has a metal-on-metal hip replacement needs to have their blood checked for levels of Cobalt and Chromium.
Affected patients also need to find out what they have to do to get compensated. "The most important part is to avoid the seven biggest mistakes that have derailed many medical malpractice cases," he adds, "and in our free special report, you'll find out what they are and how to avoid them."
The Hip Replacement Recall report on how to avoid those seven mistakes is available free of charge at the following website:
Anyone who requests the report will also have an opportunity to receive a free evaluation of their case, and, if they qualify, they will be eligible for free legal advice by a competent team of lawyers.