Foley & Small is now accepting and litigating cases on behalf of clients who have suffered injuries as a
result of a Metal Hip Replacement.
Hip Replacement Surgery involves the placement of medical implants in the socket of the hip and at the
end of the femur, or thigh bone. Hip joint is a ball and socket joint with a boney ball being at the end of
the thigh bone, and a ball resting in the boney cup making a part of the lower pelvis. Hip replacement
procedure is undertaken as a result of arthritic changes to the ball and socket making up the hip joint, or
as a result of trauma to the hip joint along with other causes.
The traditional design of hip replacement implants involved a metal ball and stem, which would be
placed at the end of the femur, replacing the boney ball at the femur’s end. A metal cup within holding
an inter poly-propylene cup would then be put in replacing the boney cup seen at the end of the pelvis.
The key is that the receiving cup was made of poly-propylene plastic that was strong and durable.
A number of hip manufacturers switched the design with both the replacement ball and the receiving
cup being made of metal. The metal-on-metal design proved to be defective. The metal-on-metal
would wear due to the friction. Metal fragments would dislodge into the body and into the blood
resulting in a condition called metallosis. Patients often require blood tests to determine the amount of
cobalt and chromium in their blood due to the deteriorating implant. These metals in the body could in
turn into other complications, including hearing loss. The hip joint itself would also deteriorate and
ultimately fail as a result of the metal-on-metal hip components and damage the surviving boney tissue
and soft tissue within the hip.
The Food and Drug Administration has identified a number of complications and circumstances that are
unique to metal-on-metal hip implants. (Insert link here). The FDA now recommends that anyone who
undergoes metal-on-metal hip replacement surgery be on the lookout for symptoms and complications
which can include the following:
Hip Replacement Recalls:
Since 2008 there have been several recalls of metal-on-metal hip implant systems.
This hip replacement was recalled in 2010 in
response to data provided by a British joint registry which found a higher than expected instance of hip
The Durom Hip replacement was voluntarily recalled by Zimmer in 2008 because of inadequate surgical instructions.
The British medical device company of Smith & Nephew issued a voluntary withdrawal of their metal-on-metal hip replacement system in June 2012.
The British medical device company Smith & Nephew launched its Modular SMF Hip System in 2008 and its Modular Redapt Femoral System om 2012. On November 15, 2016, the company recalled both hip implant systems
because of higher than anticipated adverse events and complaints. It sent out an Urgent Field Safety
Notice warning doctors to monitor patients for high levels of metal ions the blood. Metal debris could
cause adverse tissue reactions that may require revision surgery.
The affected devices shipped October 2008 to July 2016
Although not a metal-on-metal hip, like the others, the Stryker Rejuvenate contains metal-on-metal components which are believed to contribute to increased levels of metal in the blood. It has also been linked to a high early failure rate, which forces patient to undergo revision surgery. Stryker issued a voluntary recall of this device in July 2012.
Other problematic metal-on-metal hip products.
There are other metal-on-metal products which are viewed as having defects resulting in complications.
BioMet2a38M2aMagnum: BioMet metal-on-metal hip products have resulted in serious
complications, including Metalosys and the releasing of cobalt and chromium debris in to the
body and blood system. Adverse reaction to the metal deterioration includes fluid around the
joint, tissue masses and death of muscle tissue around the joint.
Wright Medical Conserve, Dynasty, and Profemur Implants: Wright Medical manufactured and
sold a variety of hip replacement products including metal-on-metal hip implants such as the
Conserve, Dynasty, and Profemur implants. Metal-on-metal models caused serious
complications seen with such failed metal-on-metal products.
Numerous lawsuits have been filed against these various manufacturers due to alleged defects and
complications arising from the metal-on-metal hip implant products. Foley & Small has represented
clients in Indiana and Michigan having such claims. Settlements have been reached on many of these
claims. Further claims are expected to arise as individuals with these such metal-on-metal hips continue
to develop complications as the products wear and fail with use.
Foley & Small is accepting Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement cases. If you, or a family member, or a
close friend have suffered injuries as a result of a Metal Hip Replacement, contact Foley & Small.
-Douglas D. Small
-Edmond W. Foley
If you, a friend or family member has suffered injury due to a defective medical implant email us from our Contact page. You can also call us at 800-276-2525.
Foley & Small has handled numerous defective medical implant cases helping our clients and their families deal with the effects of such defective products.
Represented high school student injured in highway intersection accident suffering vertebral fractures.
Represented elderly handicapped gentlemen who fell on asphalt debris in apartment complex parking lot.
Represented woman injured at county road intersection collision suffering complex hand injuries.
Lead counsel in Indiana working to secure a settlement of $125,000,000.00 against the New England Compounding Center and its officers, directors and employees arising from fungus contaminated epidural injections distributed throughout the United States, including Indiana and Michigan.
Represented worker injured at work site due to injuries caused by third party contractors (not employer).
Retail store slip and fall claim resulting in brain injury.
Represented estate of employee injured as a result of an at-work explosion caused by third party contractor.
Represented woman injured due to defective product resulting in injuries involving significant complications and multiple follow up procedures.
Represented estate of construction worker injured who suffered fatal injuries during the course of assisting and the unloading of construction materials from a trailer.
Represented estate of man electrocuted while working on farm property. Settlement with certain defendants and trial with one defendant.
Represented estate of middle age woman who suffered fatal injuries during the course of a car semi-tractor collision.
Represented estate of man who died from injuries due to collision with a semi-tractor trailer.
Represented family members suffering injury after being struck by a delivery vehicle which failed to stop for a stop sign.
Represented delivery driver of RV units injured in crash with vehicle on interstate highway resulting in severe lower extremity injuries. Settlements with two defendants and verdict against a third defendant.
Represented client rearended by truck resulting in concussive and hand injuries.
Represented client involved in an intersectional accident resulting in chest and upper extremity injuries.
Represented woman struck by a vehicle involved in a high speed auto chase.
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