Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
Metal-on-metal hip implants were originally marketed as more durable and innovative than previous implants. Claims that they would extend the lifespan of artificial hip joints have proven false as metal-on-metal hip implants often fail prematurely and pose serious health problems.
When the friction of the metal-on-metal hip replacement releases metal shavings and dust into nearby tissues and blood, this can lead to many painful side effects including cobalt poisoning, metal in the blood, metallosis, severe inflammatory reactions, loss of mobility, pain in the groin, breakdown of muscles, tendons and other soft tissue, and bone loss.
Hip replacement or revision surgery is one of the most common joint replacement procedures performed in the United States. Many people find relief with this surgery and go on to live active, productive lives. Some, however, have suffered debilitating side effects.
Metal-on-metal hips include models from DePuy ASR, DePuy Pinnacle, Stryker, Zimmer, Wright, and others.
All of the various metal-on-metal hip replacement systems have been recalled or been withdrawn from the market by the manufacturers because of increasing evidence of metallosis, pseudotumors, and cobalt/chromium poisoning.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much will this cost me?
There is no fee unless and until we win for you. If we decide to take your case, and you decide to hire us, then you will be asked to sign a fee agreement. The fee agreement sets out the terms of our fees and costs when we win your case. We will never ask you to send us money. If we don’t win, you owe us nothing.
Is this a Class Action?
No. A class action is where one or two people represent everyone in the class and decisions are made by a few people. The metal-on-metal hip implant claims are NOT a class action. Each hip implant claim is individual, and you and your attorney will make decisions about your case. If and when it becomes available, you may have the option to enroll in a settlement program. This is called “mass tort.”
Do I have to go to Court?
Probably not. 99% of these types of cases will be resolved in a settlement program. It is unlikely you will ever have to go to Court.
Do you sue my doctor?
No. For metal-on-metal on hip implant claims, we do not sue or make any claims against your doctor.
Will everyone obtain the same amount in a settlement?
No. When a settlement happens there will likely be a “base value” subject to adjustments depending upon certain criteria. Your attorney will provide you advice, and you have the final decision whether to settle your claim or not.