Texas Zimmer Hip Lawyer – Texas Zimmer Durom Hip Recall Lawsuit
If you or a loved one suffered certain side effects after receiving a zimmer hip implant, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the manufacturer. Call us today to get the facts. Toll Free 1-866-777-2557 or use our online contact form and a Texas Zimmer Hip Lawyer will get back to you within 24 hours to answer your questions and discuss your possible claim. This is a free, no obligation case review and there are no legal fees unless you receive money at the end of the case. Time is limited, so please call today.
Zimmer Hip Replacement Lawyer
Hip implants or replacements serve a vital purpose for thousands of Americans. They allow for increased movement and mobility after a fracture, arthritis, or other debilitating injury or condition. Without these replacements, some individuals would be unable to move and function as they did before the condition or injury.
Unfortunately, some hip replacement devices are not as effective as others and can create life-long problems after surgery. Some of these defective devices have been recalled by the FDA to prevent further use and resulting injury.
If you are considering any hip surgery, you should know and understand the hip recall process and which devices may have been subject to recall. In many situations, the device recalls occurred after thousands of people had already had the devices implanted and suffered from its adverse side effects.
Side Effects Associated with Hip Recalls
Hip recalls often result after the FDA hears hundreds, if not thousands, of reports of adverse side effects. These side effects may include:
- Loosening of the component parts
- Broken and fractured bones
- Decreased range of motion or reduce mobility
- Injury to the surrounding tissue or muscles
- Popping or crunching noises coming from the device (caused by movement)
- Severe pain
- Nerve damage
For metal-on-metal hip recalls, another significant problem has been metallosis, or metal poisoning. This condition results when the metal parts rub together and release tiny metal shards or particles into the body. These particles can cause tissue, bone, and muscle death and can move throughout the body through the bloodstream. The particles can also travel to vital organs, causing organ failure and even death.
Recalled Hip Replacement Brands
Several brands of hip replacement or resurfacing products have been recalled by the FDA. These brands include:
- Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II
- Wright CONSERVE Systems
- Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System (metal liner)
- DuPuy ASR Hip Replacements
- DuPuy Pinnacle Hip Systems
- Zimmer Durom Acetabular Component
Recalls are extremely expensive for medical device companies, so they may not recall a dangerous product unless they are forced to do so by the FDA. In other situations, companies may voluntarily recall an unsafe product due to concerns for the public or because they do not want to spend significant amounts of money on lawsuits relating to problems associated with the device.
Concerns About Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements
The most recent and widespread hip recalls have dealt with metal-on-metal hip replacements. As such, the FDA held a panel meeting on the safety of these devices in 2012. At that time, the hearing was open to the public and several researchers and surgeons presented trial data on metal-on-metal hip replacements. The panel concluded that there was no need to recall all metal-on-metal hip replacements, but that doctors should let their patients know about the unique safety issues regarding these products.