Can I File a Personal Injury lawsuit for a Defective Hip ImplantCan I file a personal injury lawsuit for a defective hip implant? If you are asking this question it is probably because you have had a hip implant that proved to be defective.
Your hip is composed of a ball and a rounded socket. The ball or femoral head is situated at the top of your thigh bone (femur). The rounded socket or acetabulum is located in your pelvis. The ball fits into the rounded socket in your pelvis.
As one of the primary weight bearing joints in your body, your hip is an important part of your body. It is not surprising then that hip replacement surgery in which you have a hip implant is second only to knee replacement surgery as the most common replacement type of surgery.
This means that it is very disturbing to hear of so many defective hip implants. In fact, over the last several years, hip implants from several manufacturers, such as Zimmer, DePuy and Stryker Orthopedics have all been associated with serious safety difficulties.
There are several disorders that can result in the need for a hip implant. Some of these are:
Osteonecrosis (the death of bone tissue) that brings about the death of bone in your joints
Rheumatoid arthritis that causes swelling, stiffness and joint pain
Bone tumors that break down your hip joint
Osteoarthritis in your hip joint
An injury of your hip joint.
One of the primary ways in which a hip implant can prove to be defective is when a loosening of the various components of the hip implant takes place. In addition, elevated levels of chromium and cobalt can occur as a result of the wear of the hip implant, and premature death of body tissue (necrosis) or soft tissue damage from exposure to metal particles caused by wear of the hip implant may also occur.
There are some signs and symptoms that have been associated with a defective hip implant. These include:
Cystic or solid masses and fluid collections around your hip joint
Severe pain in your hip implant that moves or radiates into your back and/or groin
Radiographic changes that include osteolysis or loosening and destruction or dissolution of cells (lysis).
A defective hip implant can cause a great deal of suffering and make life extremely difficult. In fact, in many instances, a defective hip implant has meant that a person would need more surgery to resolve the problem, and this without any guarantee that complete recovery would take place.
Hip implant manufacturers have had to issue recalls and safety alerts as a result of faulty components, premature failure and even contaminated devices. However, this has brought little or no relief from the suffering that so many have experienced as a result of a defective hip implant.
If you have been a victim of a defective hip implant, you can file a personal injury lawsuit in order to be compensated for things like lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. The thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney to have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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