Smith & Nephew Hip Implant Lawsuits: Bone Fracture Lawsuits
Commonly asked questions about hip implant lawsuits:
- What are Smith & Nephew hip implant devices?
- What are complications of Smith & Nephew hip implant devices?
- How Is Periprosthetic Osteolysis Diagnosed?
- Can I File A Hip Replacement Lawsuit?
- Our No Fee Promise on Hip Replacement Cases
- How Do I Start A Hip Replacement Claim?
In June 2012, Smith & Nephew voluntarily recalled their R3 Acetabular hip implant devices. Studies have suggested that this particular model of hip implant were 60% more likely to require revision surgery to repair the device than other hip implant devices on the market.
What Are Smith & Nephew Hip Implant Devices?
If the non-surgical treatments no longer relieve pain and inflammation in your hip, you and your physician may consider total hip replacement.
The Smith & Nephew hip implant is comprised of four parts that work together to restore the original function of your ball-and-socket joint:
- A metal hip stem that is inserted into the top of your thighbone
- A metal cup which holds the cup liner
- A cup liner which holds the femoral head
- The femoral head or ball which is attached to the hip stem and inserted into the liner to form the ball-and-socket joint
What Are Complications Of Smith & Nephew Hip Implant Devices?
Many patients who have received Smith & Nephew hip implant devices have experienced severe complications, including:
- Pain/difficulty walking
- Dislocation of the implant
- Periprosthetic osteolysis (bone fracturing)
- Metallosis (metal poisoning)
Although the FDA does not require premarket testing of hip implant devices, manufacturers are obligated to design and sell safe products to the public. Additionally, they are responsible for warning patients of any risks or dangers associated with their devices. When a patient suffers significant complications or injuries due to a defective Smith & Nephew hip device, it may warrant legal action. Smith & Nephew can be held liable for the injuries suffered by the patient.
How Is Periprosthetic Osteolysis Diagnosed?
Osteolysis is defined as the process of gradual destruction of bony tissue, which are characterized by cavitation at the implant-bone or cement-bone surface. Without proper treatment, osteolysis may progress to catastrophic failure of the hip implant.
- A bone biopsy is used to test samples of bone. This may show if your osteolysis is caused by cancer cells. Ask your caregiver for more information about a bone biopsy.
- An x-ray takes pictures of your bones and the tissue around your bones. The pictures show thin bones and any breaks in your bones. More than one x-ray may be taken over time.
- CT scan is also called a CAT scan. An x-ray machine takes pictures of your bones, and bone marrow. The pictures may show if your bones are thin or if you have a tumor. You may be given contrast dye before the pictures are taken.
- An MRI takes pictures of your bones and ligaments and tendons. You may be given dye before the pictures are taken to help caregivers see the pictures better.
- A PET scan can show any breakdown of bone, or if cancer has spread to your bones.
Can I File A Hip Replacement Lawsuit?
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Both patients and their families are seeking compensation for injuries. You may be entitled to a settlement if you were harmed by a heater-cooler system.
Our No Fee Promise on Hip Replacement Cases
You can afford to have our great team of lawyers on your side. When you choose us, it literally costs nothing to get started. We promise you in writing:
- No money to get started
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How Do I Start A Hip Replacement Claim?
Our hip replacement lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:
- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
- Call (866) 280-3417 any time of day to tell us about your case.
We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.
WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing hip replacement lawsuit claims.