The number of hip replacement surgeries has increased in recent years, with the American Joint Replacement Registry Annual Report showing more than 280,000 procedures in 2017—up from 45,000 in 2012. Many victims, unfortunately, experience unintended complications caused by the medical devices implanted during total or partial hip replacement surgeries, which can lead to more significant health concerns.
If you or your loved one has sustained physical injury resulting from a hip implant failure, please contact the experienced and award-winning personal injury attorneys at the Shiner Law Group to discuss the details of your case in a free consultation. Our law firm provides victims with the resources to file their claim and avoid common pitfalls. We customize our legal services on a contingency fee basis: you pay us nothing unless we obtain the recovery you deserve.
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Damages Recoverable in a Hip Implant Failure Lawsuit
Most implants are manufactured using a combination of metal, ceramic, and polyethylene components, which are used to replace deteriorating hip joints. These implants, depending on the combination, may be referred to as metal-on-metal, metal-on-ceramic, and metal-on-polyethylene; however, each combination has the potential to create unique medical concerns.
In cases of metal implants, patients may experience metal poisoning due to particles entering the bloodstream as a result of metal-on-metal component abrasion. Additionally, patients may also suffer from allergic reactions, which can lead to unintended side effects: hives, eczema, itching, inflammation, and memory loss.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you gather your medical records and quantity your damages, so you can obtain financial relief for pain and suffering, medical expenses incurred by treatment and rehabilitation, lost wages and income, periods of disability, and even wrongful death.
Do I Have a Case?
If you or your loved one receive a hip implant that caused significant complications, or if your surgery required additional surgeries or examinations, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your economic and non-economic losses.
Your attorney can help you bring a legal cause of action against the implant’s manufacturer within Florida’s four-year statute of limitations. Furthermore, your legal representation can help identify the extent of your injuries, as well as the appropriate defendants.
Examples of Hip Replacement Complications
As with most surgeries, hip replacements carry their own risks for personal injury. Some medical concerns may become immediately apparent, such as infections or blood clots; however, other complications may appear several years after the surgery. Other complications may not even be caused by a faulty component, but because the device failed to perform as intended.
The personal injury lawyers at the Shiner Law Group provide common examples of injuries experienced with hip replacements:
- Dislocations or fractures near the surgery location;
- Device detachment or loosening;
- Chronic discomfort;
- Blood clots;
- Paralysis or numbness.
With the benefit of a Shiner Law Group attorney, you will have your legal and financial interests aggressively fought for against large national medical manufacturing companies, because we are committed to securing the maximum financial relief you are entitled to for your injuries under Florida law.