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Failure


Replacement hips. If you’ve been implanted with one, sooner or later it’ll fail. Pain, lasting health problems, depression, lost wages, mountains of debt, and worse may result.

Hundreds of thousands of hip-implant-failure victims have had those very things happen to them. Maybe they’ve happened to you. Or are in the process of happening now.

Meanwhile, hip-implant makers are spending a fortune on P.R. and advertising to convince you that everything is just fine. The last thing they want is you exercising your rights against them.

Success


You have two choices. You can languish in pain and financial hardship. Or you can fight back against the uncaring corporate giants that caused you to have these problems.

Many hip-implant-failure patients in the same situation as you choose to fight back. To them, doing nothing is not an option. They go to court and seek justice. They exercise their rights.

So by suing the maker of your failed hip-implant, you stand to win compensation for the direct and related costs of having that defective medical device removed and replaced – plus much more.

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Suing is easy. Winning is hard. That’s why you need to retain a law firm capable of pulling out all the stops to bring the bad guys to justice and make them pay for what they’ve done.

Weitz & Luxenberg is that law firm. They know what it takes to win – and win big – against mega-wealthy medical device makers, like those who produce hip implants that fail.

If you want a law firm that is practiced at forcing companies to bend at the hip and bow low in defeat, then contact Weitz & Luxenberg right now for a free, no-obligation consultation.

DO I HAVE A CASE?

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You may have a strong case IF you were implanted with a replacement hip that has prematurely failed and caused you to suffer harm.

You may have a stronger case IF your failed, harm-causing replacement hip was made of metal and you were forced to undergo hip-revision surgery (to remove and replace the failed hip implant).

You may have a very strong case IF your failed, harm-causing metal-replacement or metal-revision hip were yanked from the marketplace in a product recall.

Take a look at the list below. It contains the brands and models of hip implants known to have caused harm to patients (manufacturer’s name in parenthesis):

  • ASR XL Acetabular Systemrecalled 8/24/2010 (Depuy Orthopaedics)
  • ASR Hip Resurfacing System (Depuy Orthopaedics)
  • Pinnacle Hip Replacement System (Depuy Orthopaedics)
  • ABG II Modular (Stryker Orthopaedics)
  • Rejuvenate Modular (Stryker Orthopaedics)
  • Durom Cup (Zimmer Holdings)
  • Durom Acetabluar Componentrecalled 7/22/2008 (Zimmer Holdings)
  • Conserve Plus (Wright Medical Technology)
  • M2a Magnum (Biomet)
  • R3 Acetabular System (Smith & Nephew)
  • R3 Metal Linersrecalled 6/1/2012 (Smith & Nephew)

Not sure which of these is your implant?

Your doctor might have given you a report after the implant surgery – review it because it might state the brand and model. Or, that information might appear in a bill from the hospital where the surgery was performed. Another possible place to find the brand and model: in the post-surgical explanation-of-benefits statement your health-insurance company sent to you. Otherwise, ask your doctor: that information is in your medical file.

Your next step:

Get from your doctor a diagnosis stating that you have a hip-implant failure and an evaluation indicating that you’re an appropriate candidate for hip-revision surgery. If you’ve already had the revision work, request and obtain from your doctor copies of the case notes and x-ray images pertaining to that surgery. Also, be sure to gather dates noting when you had the hip implant placed, when it failed and when you underwent revision surgery (if applicable).

Then, lose no time in contacting Weitz & Luxenberg to discuss your legal rights for obtaining compensation. The sooner you act, the better your chances of securing the justice you seek.

Results

Weitz & Luxenberg has been winning cases since its creation in the late 1980s, starting with a jaw-dropping $75-million verdict in its very first trial.

Over the span of years, Weitz & Luxenberg has gone on to obtain for clients more than $7.3 BILLION in verdicts and settlements.

Huge results like those don’t just happen. They require the talents of truly awesome attorneys. Weitz & Luxenberg has lawyers designated by peers as “Best Lawyers,” “Super Lawyers” or both, which means they are top-ranked for legal knowledge, professionalism, and courtroom trial skills.

Corporations that harm people aren’t keen about facing off against Weitz & Luxenberg attorneys, who have a reputation for going into battle supremely well prepared. Indeed, it’s not unusual to find Weitz & Luxenberg attorney teams rolling up their shirt sleeves months before the trial date and digging deep for facts and evidence to support their clients’ cases.

The goal for these lawyers is to acquire the most intimate familiarity with the issues surrounding each case – and to anticipate with precision the defenses the other side will raise.

To make sure their arguments are piercingly razor-sharp, Weitz & Luxenberg attorneys even take the extra step of testing their arguments in what are known as “mock trials.”

Another reason why Weitz & Luxenberg gets results is its technologic edge. The firm has massive databases of information about defendants, products, and injuries. The firm’s lawyers know how to use that information to maximum advantage.

It helps greatly that Weitz & Luxenberg is always on the side of right. The firm represents only people who are innocent victims of wrongdoing, people with no voice of their own. People who simply want to heartless others to do the right thing. That’s why choosing Weitz & Luxenberg to represent you is a very smart thing to do.

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FAQ

What is a hip implant?

A hip implant is an artificial joint that replaces the natural joint just below the pelvis where the thighbone (femur) attaches. Orthopedic surgeons prescribe this prosthetic after the natural joint suffers significant damage caused by trauma, aging, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or the onset of tumors. Damaged hip joints are very painful. So painful, in fact, that ordinary activities such as walking become difficult or even impossible. A hip implant is intended to provide significant relief from this pain and once again allow the enjoyment of everyday activities.

What’s involved in hip-implant surgery?

Hip-implant surgery takes two forms: total hip-replacement and hip resurfacing.

For total hip-replacement, the surgeon removes the natural joint structures and then puts in the prosthetic device. The implant has two or three parts. First, a stem (the surgeon affixes this to the top of the femur). Next, a ball (this is attached to the top of the stem). Lastly, a cup (this is cemented or screwed to the acetabulum, the socket in the side of the hip). The ball fits securely into the cup and can swivel within it.

For a hip resurfacing, the surgeon does not remove all of the natural joint structures – just the socket (if necessary) and only the diseased parts of the femur head. A cap is then affixed atop the natural femur’s healthy remaining head. This cap fits securely into the acetabulum. If the acetabulum too is diseased, it will be removed and replaced with a cup.

What types of hip implants are there?

Hip implants are categorized by the materials from which they are made, rather than by their size, shape or other characteristics. For example, if the ball and the cup are both made from metal, the hip implant is known as the “metal-on-metal” type. Other types are “metal-on-polyethylene” (the ball is metal, the cup is plastic), “ceramic-on-metal” (ceramic ball, metal cup), “ceramic-on-polyethylene” (ceramic ball, plastic cup), and “ceramic-on-ceramic.”

What causes a hip implant to fail?

Many hip implants after a decade or two require replacement due to wear and tear. However, if their design is flawed, hip implants can wear out in a distressingly short time. Metal-on-metal hips are particularly prone to premature failure. What can happen is, walking and other activities cause the metal ball to grind against the surfaces of the metal cup in which it’s seated. This produces rapid deterioration of both. Worse, the grinding allows microscopic bits of material to flake off. These tiny shavings then find their way into surrounding bodily tissues, weaken them and allow the implant to come loose. Additionally, the grinding releases metal ions into the bloodstream. In both instances, a number of serious medical conditions can result.

What are the symptoms of a failed hip implant?

In the worst cases, symptoms appear as quickly as three months after the implant is put in. More typically, they begin after a few years. The symptom hardest to ignore is pain. It occurs in the region around the hip (which includes the groin), but can also radiate down the leg. Another symptom is inflammation, which shows up in the area of the hip. There can be repeated and frequent bouts of fever. Meanwhile, if metal ions have found their way into your bloodstream, you might experience heart trouble, chills, loss of hearing and eyesight, weight gain, rashes, confusion, depression or extreme tiredness.

What treatments are available for a failed hip implant?

There is only one. If the hip replacement fails, it must be removed so that a fresh device can be implanted. This is called hip-revision surgery.

What does a hip-revision surgery involve?

It is similar to hip replacement surgery, except that it’s very complex (meaning, it’s a lot more expensive). Worse, it takes a longer to fully recover from revision surgery (meaning, it might be several months before you can start earning a living again and be able to pay down your growing mountain of bills). Revision surgery is also a riskier operation than replacement surgery (meaning, more things during and after the procedure can go wrong and put your health in greater jeopardy).

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