Fort Myers Medical Device Lawyer Helping Victims Who Suffered Complications After Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Surgery
A hip replacement can increase your mobility and minimize pain caused by arthritis, fracture and degenerative disease. However, a defective prosthesis can create even greater health risks. The metal-on-metal hips were marketed as more durable and more stable than plastic hip implants. Unfortunately, these devices have caused severe health complications. If your metal-on-metal device has injured you, you have a right to damages from the manufacturer who sold you the defective medical device - and Fort Myers medical device lawyer Randall L. Spivey can assist you.
Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. has represented injured patients in medical device liability claims for more than 20 years. Our Florida Board Certified civil trial attorney has substantial experience litigating these highly complex matters in individual lawsuits and class actions claims. Our successes in settlement negotiations and at trial have won us a membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Health Problems Caused by Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
A metal-on-metal hip, referred to as a MoM implant, consists of a metal ball and a metal socket. At the time MoMs were introduced, they were considered superior to plastic because they lasted longer – thus avoiding replacement surgery – and they were more stable – preventing dislocation.
In practice, as the parts rub together during regular use, tiny metal fragments come loose. These metal fragments can damage the bone, nerves, muscles and tissue surrounding the hip or enter the bloodstream. When adverse local tissue reaction (ALTR) occurs, the patient may experience pain, implant failure and loose joints, and they may eventually require additional surgeries.
The heavy metal in the bloodstream can result in infections and organ damage. As a result, you might experience such symptoms as:
- Skin rash
- Neurological issues
- Sensory changes, especially to hearing and vision
- Psychological or cognitive impairment
- Renal failure
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Neck pain
- Weight gain
Your Rights After Receiving a Defective Metal-on-Metal Implant
Metal-on-metal hip implants are FDA approved. In order to obtain approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, medical device corporations present their own studies to show that the product is safe. Often, the FDA is only alerted to the dangers of a product once people have sustained serious injuries or died. In the meantime, patients and doctors unfortunately rely upon the FDA’s approval as to the product’s safety and efficacy. But know that FDA approval does not make the manufacturer immune from liability.
The manufacturer has a duty to produce safe products and to warn about risks of injury. You have the right to compensation if your metal-on-metal hip implant causes you pain, illness, impaired mobility, need for hip revision surgery or other complications.
Recover Damages for Injuries Resulting From Defective Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
Consult with Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. about medical product defects, including metal-on-metal hip replacements. Call our office at (888) 477-4839 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our Fort Myers medical device lawyer today. We represent injured patients in jurisdictions throughout Southwest Florida, including in Fort Myers and Cape Coral, all of Lee County and Collier County, as well as Bonita Springs, Estero, Naples, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda.