According to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), hundreds of thousands of individuals received hip implants between 2000 and 2010, with the numbers continuously increasing. But what is explained to patients to be a quick and easy procedure might actually cause more damage than advertised.
There are several defective hip implant models on the market that have caused problems in thousands of injured individuals. Many of these individuals end up filing a personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer or distributor of these dangerous medical devices.
Most recently, Johnson & Johnson and their DePuy Orthopaedics unit have been ordered to pay one billion dollars in a settlement of the defective design and their failure to warn consumers about the risks of their metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants.
Some of the serious medical complications that six plaintiffs suffered included tissue damage & death, bone erosion, and more. Each patient was required to undergo a second revision surgery to replace the initial DePuy implants.
Over 8,000 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson in association with defective hip implants. The company denies any wrongdoing and plans to appeal the $1 billion decision. This was the third-largest overall jury award in 2016, according to Bloomberg.
If you have experienced a medical condition after receiving a metal-on-metal hip implant, you should consider speaking with an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options. You might be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.