Will Ferguson & Associates Accepting Defective Hip Implant Cases
Is Your Implant on the Recall List?
The relentless quest for profits has led corporations that manufacture hip-replacement implants to rush dangerous devices to the U.S. marketplace—a practice that has proved disastrous for tens of thousands of Americans. Will Ferguson & Associates, the largest personal-injury law firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has the depth and breadth of experience in medical malpractice litigation to help people injured by defective hip implants.
Pain, Swelling May Be Signs Your Implant is Defective
Symptoms that suggest that you may have received a defective implant include groin, hip or thigh pain, or swelling or loss of joint function. Leaching of toxins from some metal devices can also lead to hardening or the heart muscle and kidney disease. If you have experienced pain or disability following hip-replacement surgery, or if you want to know whether the hip implant you received is one of the many products known to be defective, call us. An evaluation of your defective hip-implant case by the experienced attorneys at Will Ferguson & Associates costs you nothing. If you are among the tens of thousands of people with these dangerous devices inside their bodies, you may be entitled to compensation. If you have received a recall letter from a hip-implant manufacturer, you should call us immediately to preserve your legal rights.
Settlements are Being Negotiated Right Now
Will Ferguson & Associates currently is representing clients in New Mexico in two of the most active cases involving the Dupuy and Zimmer hip implants. The Dupuy case involves a settlement fund of more than $3 billion. Settlements are being negotiated right now in the Zimmer case. Claimants with these implants who are represented by attorneys are being compensated at a level far greater than those who are not represented. You deserve to be fully compensated for the damage your device may have caused you. Call us today at (800) 251-5566
Are Any of These Companies’ Hip Implants in Your Body?
Here is an overview of defective hip implants voluntarily recalled by their manufacturers or recalled by order of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration:
Stryker Corp. of Kalamazoo, Michigan, sold hip implants they knew were defective. Metal-to-metal wear of these hip implants has led to metal poisoning of people using these implants. Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems, marketed between 2009 and 2012, have been recalled. Corrosion and wear of the implant release metal particles into patients’ bodies causes extreme pain and often leads to second implant surgeries.
DuPuy Orthopaedics, Inc.
DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., of Warsaw, Indiana, owned by manufacturing giant Johnson & Johnson, made and marketed the defective ASR metal-on-metal hip implant. The company suppressed adverse findings during testing of the ASR device. Even after it knew its implant released toxic metal into the bodies of people who received it, sales continued. Once DePuy executives decided to halt its manufacture, it chose to phase out sales of the ASR rather than cease immediately. DePuy’s decision led thousands of people to needlessly suffer from a device the company knew was defective.
Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
Wright Medical Technology, Inc., of Arlington, Tennessee, marketed two metal-on-metal hip implants, the Conserve and the Profemur, that have led to lawsuits. Like cases involving the ASR, the Wright lawsuits charge that the implants corrode and leach metal toxins into surrounding bone and soft tissue, a condition known as metallosis, which causes pain and inflammation, blood toxicity and tissue death. Lawsuits against Wright have been consolidated into a single multi-state lawsuit.
Zimmer Holdings, Inc.
Zimmer Holdings, Inc. is the maker of the Durom Cup, a metal-on-metal cobalt and chromium alloy hip implant, which damaged as many as 12,000 people between 2006 and 2008. Some recipients suffered pain or were crippled when the implant came loose, sometimes within a year of hip-replacement surgery. A nationally recognized orthopedic surgeon and consultant to Zimmer reported publicly on the device’s failings in 2007, but Zimmer responded by blaming his testing methods. The Durom Cup was later recalled. Zimmer’s manufacturing facilities have been cited for poor quality control, including failure to follow design specifications. Zimmer’s NextGen High-flex knee implants also have come loose and are the subject of lawsuits.
Biomet of Warsaw, Indiana, manufactures the m2a Magnum metal-on-metal hip implant, made from titanium and cobalt chromium alloy. The m2a Magnum has been found to release titanium into the body, which can cause pain and soft tissue damage. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Biomet. It is likely those cases will be consolidated into a single multi-district litigation case. Unlike a class-action lawsuit, an MDL case allows individual claimants to receive compensation based on their individual damages.
Smith & Nephew
Smith & Nephew, a United Kingdom-based hip-implant manufacturer, began selling its R3 Acetabular model in the United States in 2009. Recalled in 2012, the device was found to cause dislocation, bone fracture and infection. Some patients were forced to undergo painful second hip-replacement surgeries. A metal-on-metal version of the device was found to cause metallosis, or leaching of toxic metal into surrounding tissue.
Call us at (800) 251-5566 for a free consultation. We do not require a retainer to pursue your defective hip-implant legal action. Evening and weekend appointments are available.
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