Popular company Johson & Johnson has been in the news for the last two months due to defective metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants that have caused harm to patients. In fact, the jury decided that these hip implants have caused so many patients harm that they ordered the company to pay more than $1 billion to six patients. Over the years, many lawsuits have stemmed from companies producing metal-on-metal implants due to many of the implants causing more harm than good. Many have a very high failure rate or produce high levels of chromium and cobalt in the bloodstreams of patients.
The Problems With Hip Implants
One of the main issues with hip implants is how they don’t work as many manufacturers intended them to. For instance, metal hip implants are projected and designed to last over 20 years; however, within a few years, many of these implants are already being replaced. This is due to the fact that friction takes place between the metal ball and socket, which causes them to wear down much more quickly. Many patients will unsuspectingly go through hip revision surgery, which can pose its own risks of infection and nerve damage.
Filing a Lawsuit
If you have sustained damages due to a defective hip implant, you may have the right to file a lawsuit and be compensated. Under a product liability suit, a manufacturer has the duty to ensure that your product is not defective and will not cause you harm. If your hip implant was inherently dangerous and there were inadequate warnings about this, you probably have a case. Call us today at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi to speak to an attorney today about a possible case.