Metal-on-Metal Hip Update
As of January 6, 2016, Loncar Lyon Jenkins has settled approximately 50 Metal-on-Metal cases with hundreds more pending. Metal-on-Metal hip lawsuits involving surgical revision have obtained successful settlements per case. Loncar Lyon Jenkins is still accepting new metal-on-metal hip lawsuits. Contact us now using the form on the side or by calling us at 1.800.285.HURT if you believe you have a potential claim.
Metal-on-Metal Hip History
In July of 2008, Zimmer Holdings, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of its metal-on-metal Durom Cup due to unusually high numbers of reported device failure. In August of 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, recalled its metal-on-metal hip, the ASR, due to unusually high numbers of reported device failure and metallosis, a buildup of metal debris and infection in the muscle and soft tissue surrounding an implant. In July of 2012, Stryker Orthopedics voluntarily recalled its hip components, the ABG II and Rejuvinate. While not the classic metal-on-metal design, the devices still have metal components that come in contact with each other that can fail and subject the patient to metallosis.
By July 9, 2012 the FDA finally decided to conduct hearings on the metal-on-metal hips. The purpose of the hearings was not to assign blame or issue recalls. The purpose of the hearings was to try and come up with a course of action and to set guidelines for physicians to deal with the massive number of new cases of metallosis and device failure being reported in patients.
Upon acknowledgement that there was a much higher failure rate among the larger sized devices, especially among women, it was advised that doctors should conduct a skin patch test to determine if they were allergic to the device (why this simple test would not be performed prior to the implant of a hip is still unknown).
No treatment recommendations were offered. Should a patient with a metal-on-metal hip have routine blood tests for titanium, cobalt and chromium? When a patient has an abnormal blood metal ion test what should a doctor do? Does an abnormal blood metal ion test warrant more expensive CTs and MRIs? If the patient is asymptomatic but the blood test is abnormal, what is the proper course of care? How abnormal must a blood metal ion test be before surgical intervention is necessary? What if a patient has extremely high levels of cobalt and chromium but he or she is not healthy enough for another hip surgery? Who is responsible for the costs of the testing, additional procedures, and other expenses related to the hip implant?
The panel concluded more studies were needed and because of this the FDA didn’t want to interfere with the doctor-patient relationship.
That is it.
Despite nearly 20,000 reported cases of device failure and metallosis and an acknowledgement that the 20,000 reported failures in 2012 was too high, how many studies on these devices have been published since the 2012 FDA hearings?
Time is running out to file your lawsuit. The manufacturers want you to hope for the best, ignore your pain, and wait for further study, while they are well aware that your time to seek compensation for their defective products is running out.
You can do better than crossing your fingers and hoping everything will be OK. It is time to take control of what is happening to you and to protect your rights.
Loncar Lyon Jenkins will obtain all the records needed to identify the maker of your hip and the model that was implanted and to analyze your injuries and bring suit against the manufacturer of your hip if necessary.
Contact us before it is too late. We are owed nothing unless we successfully resolve your case so you have nothing to lose. While we cannot guarantee the out come of any metal-on-metal hip lawsuits, we can guarantee that if you take no action to protect your rights, nobody will.