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Biomet Magnum Hip Lawsuits
Many patients suffering from hip problems have received the popular Biomet Magnum hip replacement system. Unfortunately, this metal on metal implant is highly prone to failure within just a few years after surgery. Built with a metal pelvic cup and femoral head, the Biomet Magnum device has been reported to cause significant problems including dislocation, loosening, failure or wear of the hip implant caused by its design.
Even though the product was aggressively marketed as having significant advantages when compared to other hip systems, the medical device has injured many patients. As a result, patients have hired attorneys to file a Biomet Magnum hip replacement lawsuit on their behalf for financial compensation.
Biomet Hip Complications
Composed of cobalt and chromium, the Biomet Magnum device creates friction when both surfaces rub against each other when in movement. The device can quickly generate small metal fragments that easily shed from the product into the bloodstream and surrounding tissue. Often times, patients will experience specific symptoms associated with hip replacement. These include:
- Unexplained pain in and around the replaced hip
- Unexplained tumor
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Unexplained swelling in the area
- Challenges when walking or standing with associated vertigo
- Squeaking or popping noise
- Loosening of the implant
- The need for additional revision surgery on the hip
Common complications caused by friction between the two surfaces, releasing microscopic metal shavings from the hip joint, include:
- Inflammatory reactions
- Tissue damage
- Nerve damage in the hip implant region
- Hip implant dislocation
- Chronic pain
- Bone loss (osteolysis)
- Muscle damage in the hip region
- Bone loss
- Tinnitus and/or headaches
- Metallosis (blood poisoning caused by metal)
FDA Advisory Panel Issues Warning Related To Metal Hip Devices
In June 2012, an advisory panel was convened by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in an effort to discuss the potential dangers of hip replacements. The health experts on the panel concluded there were limited reasons for continuing the use of a metal on metal hip implant, because of failure of the device. In addition, they noted there was an increased risk potential of developing metal poisoning because of a defective design.
While the advisory panel was convened, many health experts noted that any patient experiencing pain or other associated symptoms should receive blood testing and x-rays as a way to measure metal levels in the body. Unfortunately, standardized diagnostic kits that test for chromium, cobalt and other metals do not exist.
What to Do If You Have A Defective Biomet Magnum
If you have received a defective hip replacement medical device from Biomet, it is essential to consult a doctor regarding any of your health-related issues immediately. This is because the friction, and wear and tear, caused by the two metal surfaces as they rub against each other might be causing metal poisoning. Often times, small metal fragments wear or shed away, and find their way into the bloodstream and surrounding tissue.
Legal Options For People With Defective Biomet Hip Implants
A successful Biomet Magnum hip replacement lawsuit is usually founded on the manufacturer’s willingness to put profits ahead of consumer safety. If you are currently suffering injuries caused by a defective metal on metal Biomet Magnum implant or required revision surgery, you are likely entitled to receive financial recompense.
Skilled attorneys can offer legal counsel on the best ways to proceed with the claim to receive an adequate amount of recovery funds. These funds can pay extensive medical bills and recoup lost wages from missed work as a direct result of the injury suffered from the medical device.
Drug Law Center specializes in hip replacement claims and can file a Biomet Magnum hip replacement lawsuit on your behalf. Our legal team uses trial-tested strategies and tactics to provide aggressive legal representation for your claim. The team of experienced product liability attorneys can build a solid case against the medical device giant. The efforts of the legal team ensure you will be adequately compensated for the pain, suffering, damages, and physical injuries you have endured as a result of their defective product.
If you are challenged when walking and standing and suffer severe chronic pain, caused by the Biomet Magnum implant, Drug Law Center can help. Call (888) 424-5757 to speak with a legal representative they can review the merits of your claim, and provide you legal advice on how to best proceed with your case for financial compensation, or complete the form below: