Our Chicago DePuy implant attorneys are extremely familiar with the harmful consequences facing nursing home residents – primarily senior citizens – who have problems stemming from a defective hip implant. For the past year and a half, our attorneys have worked with local residents who have been hurt by problems with metal-on-metal hip implants made by DePuy Orthopaedics.
Late in August of 2010, DePuy instituted a voluntary recall of two hip replacement systems. The recall came amid growing concerns about the rate at which the devices “failed.” Defective devices caused patients to suffer severe pain, swelling, and endure difficulty with simple tasks such as walking. For some, the only way to correct the problem was a risky revision surgery.
The failure occurred as a result of design flaws in the implants; in other words, the problem wasn’t necessarily with the surgeons who inserted the implants into the body, but instead with the way in which the devices were manufactured in the first place. In some cases, the implant becomes loosened from the bone, and in others the ball and socket elements of the system (both of which are made of metal) rub against one another in a way that releases metallic particles into the blood stream.
Because of loose tracking requirements, our DePuy implant lawyers understand that it is difficult to say with absolute certainty how many patients were affected. However, DePuy’s own website indicates that as many as one in eight patients who had the systems has needed revision surgery.
New Hip Implant Resource
The cases stemming from DePuy’s failures are just the latest reminder of the need for all medical patients to be fully informed of their options before deciding certain treatment options. When it comes to hip implants, there are many terrific resources to help educate patients about the reasons for an implant, the risks, and alternatives.
One of the newest resources is an expanded section on the senior-friendly health and wellness website from the National Institute of Health. The website can be found here: NIHSeniorHealth.gov. The new hip replacement information can be found HERE.
The senior healthcare website provides information on a wealth of issues affecting elderly residents. The new section on hip replacements offers details about the reasons for the surgery, how to prepare for it, and steps that can be taken to minimize long-term complications. For example, the site explains that some options should be considered before the implant itself. Exercise, walking aids, and certain medicines can be used to relieve the pain without surgery. In addition, the site advises that replacement is not an option for some.
Since DePuy’s recall, various Depuy hip implant lawsuits have been filed on behalf of those hurt by the implant. Illinois law allows those hurt by defectively designed products to seek accountability for the harm they experienced as a result of the defect. Recovery may include compensation for things such as pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. It is important to seek out legal help as soon as possible if you suspect that you or a loved one might have been hurt by a dangerous or defective product. Time limits known as the statute of limitations apply to many of these cases, so there is a genuine risk in waiting too long to share your story.
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