Over 700,000 total hip and knee replacement surgeries occur in the United States each year. An individual usually undergoes one of these surgeries to improve functionality and reduce pain associated with a specific health condition, fracture or general wear and tear from age and/or lifestyle. As our population ages, the number of orthopedic hip and knee replacement surgeries have increased. The number of knee and hip replacement recalls have increased as well.
Hip and Knee Implants and Replacements
The decision to have a knee or hip altered with an implant or completely replaced is a big one. After a patient discusses their options with an orthopedic surgeon, they would like to believe that the manufactured parts used are going to be the best option for their individual health needs. When their knee or hip replacement or implant does not function as it was expected to or it starts causing more harm than good, a person may have to undergo a second surgery to fix the initial problem.
A second surgery is usually more painful, has a longer healing time and is an increased financial burden. An experienced hip and knee replacement attorney will be able to evaluate whether or not a client is entitled to money damages as the result of a defective knee or hip implant / replacement.
Potential symptoms caused by a defective knee or hip part include:
- Difficulty walking
- A new limp
- Swelling / inflammation near or at the hip joint
- Groin, leg or hip pain
Knee and Hip Defective Implant / Replacement Manufacturers
The following is a list of manufacturers and defective orthopedic devices that have been recalled or have had official complaints filed:
- Zimmer Holdings, Inc — Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Implant and NexGen Knee Replacement
- Wright Medical Group, Inc. — Pro Femur Z Hip Replacement
- Johnson and Johnson — DePuy Hip Replacement
- Smith and Nephew – Smith and Nephew Hip Resurfacing and Knee Implants
- Sulzer – Sulzer Hip Replacement
- Stryker Corp — Stryker Hip Implant
- Biomet — Biomet Knee Replacement
Do You Need a Defective Knee and Hip Replacement Attorney?
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a defective Depuy hip replacement, Zimmer Durom Cup hip implant, Stryker Hip implant, NexGen Knee replacement or other defective knee or hip replacement, you need an experienced attorney on your side.
Our team of dangerous drug lawyers will fight to get you any compensation you may deserve to cover prolonged medical care, pain and loss of income. Your window of opportunity to file a claim is limited. Please call us today at 1-800-GET-GLEN, or fill out and submit the contact form above.