Biomet Hip Replacement Lawsuit
If you received the Biomet M2-a Magnum hip replacement, you may be eligible to file a Biomet hip replacement lawsuit. The Biomet M2-a Magnum is similar to the recalled DePuy ASR hip and other metal hip implants, which have come under scrutiny for their high failure rates and risks of serious side effects. Consisting of a metal femoral head and pelvic cup, this hip replacement is composed of chromium and cobalt. The friction from the metal components may release metal debris into the surrounding bloodstream and tissue, causing hip replacement complications. If you have experienced this serious side effect, you should consider contacting a lawyer who can help you file a Biomet hip lawsuit against the manufacturer. By filing a Biomet hip lawsuit, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages and other injuries.
Biomet Magnum Hip Replacement Approved Through FDA “Shortcut”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approved the Biomet M2a-Magnum hip implant in 2004 through the widely criticized expedited 510(k) process. The 510(k) allows devices on the market without clinical testing if the manufacture shows that the hip implants are substantially equivalent to a device already on the market. This is the same process that other defective hip replacements have been approved through, including the DePuy ASR hip implant, which was recalled, the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant, and the Wright Conserve and Profemur hip systems. Due to the lack of pre-market safety testing, the Biomet Magnum may cause serious side effects, including:
- unexplained hip pain;
- inflammation and soft tissue damage;
- difficulty standing or walking;
- loosening of the hip implant; and
- hip revision surgery.
Although the Biomet Magnum hip implant was designed to last for many years, most hip replacement failure occurs a few years after surgery.
Consider Filing A Biomet Magnum Hip Lawsuit
The hip replacement lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are currently evaluating claims related to injuries stemming from the Biomet Magnum hip replacement systems. Contact our firm today for a free case review. You may be able to file a Biomet Magnum hip lawsuit and seek compensation for:
- medical expenses;
- lost wages;
- permanent disability costs; and
- pain and suffering.
Our lawyers have recovered billions of dollars on behalf of our clients and will help you understand your legal rights and options.
Biomet Magnum Hip: Another Metal-On-Metal Implant Under Scrutiny
The Biomet Magnum is a metal-on-metal hip implant, a class of devices that has been the subject of increasing concern. Numerous studies have found that metal hip replacements have high failure rates that often lead to revision surgery. Metal debris loosens into the bloodstream from the friction of the metal components and result in dangerous levels of cobalt and chromium. Some of the recent studies and advisories regarding metal hip replacements include:
- February 2012: British Medical Journal advises that patients should be monitored annually for signs of metallosis for as long as they have a metal hip implant.
- March 2012: Study published in The Lancet medical journal concludes that metal-on-metal hips should not be used at all due to serious issues with the safety of the implants.
- May 9, 2012: Health Canada, the Canadian national health regulatory agency, issues a warning that patients should be aware of metal hip replacement problems and adverse effects.
The FDA has received almost 17,000 reports of adverse events from metal-on-metal hips from 2000-2011. In June 2012, the FDA convened an expert panel to evaluate the dangers of metal-on-metal hips and to determine future guidelines. At the panel, victims of metal-on-metal implants spoke out against the devices. Dr. Diane Zuckerman, president of the National Research Center for Women & Families, a researcher trained at Yale Medical School, chose not to receive a metal hip replacement because of the lack of data available at the time. After learning of the recent studies finding metal-on-metal hip problems and high revision rates, she commented: “Keeping these implants on the market for the next 5 years while research is being done is not an ethical decision…I believe a tragic mistake was made by allowing these products on the market without good data.”
Contact A Biomet Magnum Hip Implant Lawyer
If you or a loved one received a Biomet Magnum hip replacement and experienced hip replacement failure or other complications, you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more. Contact a hip replacement lawyer today for a free and confidential case review. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have extensive litigation experience, and have recovered billions of dollars for their clients. In addition to being staunch advocates for your claim, our hip replacement injury lawyers also provide personal attention to guide you through the complex litigation process.
Call our Biomet hip lawyers today at (877) 779-1414.