Metal On Metal Hip Implant Complaints Made To FDA Tops 5K This Year
On August 22, 2011, The New York Times reported that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has received over 5,000 adverse event reports since January 2011 regarding defective metal on metal hip implants. This recent wave of complaints filed by individuals who experienced hip replacement failure is more than the FDA had received about the metal on metal hip implants in the four previous years combined. The majority of the complaints were filed by individuals who experienced hip replacement failure and had to undergo revision hip surgery to remove the defective hip implant.
Although all brands of metal on metal hip implants are being widely scrutinized, 75% of the complaints filed with the FDA involve the DePuy ASR hip implants. This is not surprising given that the DePuy ASR metal on metal hip implants were recalled in August 2010 due to patients experiencing high rates of hip replacement failure. Signs of hip replacement failure include popping, grinding, hip replacement pain, elevated levels of chromium and cobalt in the bloodstream, and tissue damage caused by metal debris shedding from the hip implants. In addition to the reports filed by individuals who experienced hip replacement failure as a result of a DePuy ASR hip implant, The New York Times also found hundreds of reports associated with Pinnacle hip implants, which are also manufactured by DePuy.
DePuy ASR And Pinnacle Hip Problems Lead To Lawsuits
If you or a loved one has experienced any ASR or Pinnacle hip problems, such as hip replacement failure, chromium or cobalt poisoning, or metallosis, as a result of receiving a DePuy metal on metal hip implant, you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.
Contact one of our lawyers today for a free and confidential DePuy metal on metal hip implant lawsuit evaluation. 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 DePuy ASR and Pinnacle hip implant injury lawyers also provide personal attention to guide you through the complex litigation process.