Friday, May 29, 2015

Defective Hip Replacements & Medical Devices

When people are injured, they are often in their most vulnerable states physically, mentally, and emotionally. Dealing with even a minor physical injury puts serious strain on both the injured individual and their family members. When they reach out for medical assistance and are given items and/or procedures that are supposed to help them, they put an enormous amount of faith in these prescribed methods. Their physical well-being (and, in turn, their mental well-being) often rests almost entirely on the materials/procedures their doctors have given them.

Defective Medical Devices at the Lake of the Ozarks

When a patient is given a medical device, she will often rely on that device to improve her quality of life and potentially even to keep her alive. With so much stock placed on these medical devices, it can be devastating when they fail to help the patients as promised - and even worse when they not only fail to help, but actually make the issue worse. At our personal injury law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks, we understand the emotional and mental turmoil that can come from such an event, and we aim to do everything our power to defend our clients who experience such issues.

Defective Hip Replacements at the Lake of the Ozarks

Recently, there has been increased attention drawn to defective hip replacements and the repercussions they are causing. Hip replacements are major surgeries and can have serious consequences when they are done incorrectly or use defective materials. Recently, there has been a great deal of attention given to two specific products: DePuy Orthopaedics and Stryker Rejuvenate.

DePuy Orthopaedics
DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, recently had to recall two widespread hip replacement systems: the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip Systems and ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems. These implants have defective designs that causes metal to rub against metal, resulting in pain, swelling, difficulty walking, and high amounts of toxicity in the patient's bloodstream.

These DePuy systems have been widely used since 2003, and experts estimate that roughly 93,000 of these recalled ASR systems have been implanted across the globe. Unfortunately, recent data has shown that as many as one in eight patients required a second surgery within five years of the initial hip replacement surgery.

Stryker Rejuvenate 
The Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Primary Hip System (designed by the Stryker Corporation, one of the world's largest medical technology companies) originally garnered a great deal of positive attention because it is designed in such a way that allows doctors to customize the implant to perfectly meld with each patient's unique physical anatomy. Unfortunately, Stryker systems have led to a wide variety of negative side effects, ultimately leading to permanent bone and tissue damage as well as heavy metal poisoning.

The Stryker Rejuvenate system was released in February of 2010, and recalled in July of 2012. As with the DePuy systems, thousands of patients had already received these defective implants.

Legal Representation for Patients With Defective Hip Replacements

If you or someone you love has received a defective hip replacement, your physical well-being should be your first and foremost concern. The first thing you should do, then, is talk with your surgeon to discuss your options. After that, it is time to get in touch with our licensed personal injury attorney. We have extensive experience handling product liability cases, and we have seen a great amount of success with our past cases. We would be honored to provide you or your loved one with the representation you need.

McDuffey Law Firm, LLC
Ph. (573) 302-7211
Fax. (573) 302-7215

5754 Parkside Village Ct.,
P.O. Box 368
Osage Beach, Mo 65065
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