Hip replacement surgery is extremely common. With this procedure, the ball and socket joint of the hip is replaced with an artificial ball that fits snugly inside of a cup like structure.
As the name suggests, a metal-on-metal hip replacement consists of a product made of cobalt and chromium.
It was believed that this product would be more durable than anything else on the market, including hip replacements made of plastic and ceramic. Unfortunately, some metal hip replacements have been found to lead to health complications.
When friction between the metal components occurs, metallic debris can make its way into the body. Known as metallosis, the end result can be blood poisoning, severe pain and swelling among a variety of other concerns.
More than 10,000 lawsuits have been filed against DePuy, one of the largest manufacturers of metal hip replacement systems. In some cases, manufacturers are responsible for compensating people who have been injured as the result of a defective hip replacement.
At our law firm, we have assisted many people who have suffered from a defective metal hip replacement. It can be difficult to understand product liability law and where a metal hip replacement fits in, but we have the experience and knowledge needed to help our clients receive the compensation they deserve.
If you require hip replacement surgery, you hope that one procedure will fix your problem once and for all. However, in the event of a metal hip replacement, this may not be the case. If you find yourself experiencing more problems than before, it may be time to learn more about your legal rights.