Alonso Krangle LLP is currently offering free lawsuit evaluations to any individual who sustained a serious injury due to one of these hip implants, including premature failure of the device that required revision surgery.
Melville, NY (PRWEB) February 23, 2012
Attorneys Andres Alonso and David Krangle, founding partners of Alonso Krangle LLP, a national law firm focused on fighting for the rights of people injured by defective medical devices, announce the launch of an investigation into injuries associated with allegedly defective hip replacement implants manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. and Wright Medical Technology, Inc. hip implant replacement devices currently under investigation include:
Alonso Krangle LLP is currently offering free lawsuit evaluations to any individual who sustained a serious injury due to one of these hip implants, including premature failure of the device that required revision surgery. Symptoms of hip implant failure include:
Difficulty standing or walking
Unusual hip pain
Loosening of the implant device
Metal poisoning, or metallosis, which is a reaction to the metal debris that is shed when components of the device rub together
To discuss a potential Defective Hip Replacement Implant lawsuit claim with one of the experienced and compassionate defective hip implant lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP, please contact us at 1-800-403-6191 or visit our website, http://www.FightForVictims.com
DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Implant Lawsuits
DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, is currently named in more than 5,000 lawsuits involving its metal-on-metal ASR hip implant devices, most of which are pending in a multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court for the District of Ohio (MDL No. 2197). Attorney Andres Alonso currently serves on the Plaintiff Steering Commitee for the DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Multi District Litigation No. 2197. In August 2010, DePuy issued a worldwide recall of the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR Acetabular Hip Replacement System after data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales showed that 1 out of every 8 patients (12%-13%) who had received the devices had to undergo revision surgery within five years of receiving it.
The all-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle Acetabular Cup System has been named in at least 900 product liability lawsuits currently pending in a multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (MDL 2244). Most of these lawsuits allege that the metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant is similar in design to the ASR devices, is prone to early failure, and should have been recalled as well.
Depuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Implant Complications
Metal-on-metal hip implants, including the ASR hip implant devices and the all-metal version of the Pinnacle hip replacement device, have recently been linked to serious complications and injuries. Earlier this month, it was revealed that preliminary findings from a study conducted at Bristol University in England had found a possible connection between metal-on-metal hip replacement implants and cancer. According to a report in the [telegraph.co.uk/health/9061781/Hip-replacement-patients-could-face-increased-risk-of-cancer.html] Sunday Telegraph, the yet to be published study involved an in-depth analysis of data from 72 metal-on-metal hip implant recipients. Of those, 17 exhibited genetic changes to the cells of the bladder, and three of those patients had developed full-blown bladder cancer.
According to the [fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/MetalonMetalHipImplants/ucm241604.htm] U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), when the metal ball and the metal cup in an all-metal hip implant slide against each other, microscopic metal particles may wear away and enter into the space around the device. This can cause damage to bone and/or tissue surrounding the implant and joint. It is also possible that metal ions will make their way into a patient’s bloodstream. In some patients with high levels of metal ions in the bloodstream, this may have caused other health problems, including effects on the heart, nervous system, and thyroid gland. Because of these concerns, the [fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/MetalonMetalHipImplants/ucm241769.htm] FDA has ordered 21 manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants to conduct postmarket surveillance studies of their devices so that the agency can better understand their safety profiles.
Wright Profemur Hip Replacement Implant Complications
Alonso Krangle LLP is investigating reports of injuries associated with Wright Medical Technology, Inc.’s Profemur Total Hip Implant System that may be connected to the design of the Profemur Z Stem. The Wright Profemur Hip System is unlike other devices, in that it features fixed stem lengths and interchangeable titanium necks. This design is supposed to be ideal for minimally invasive surgery, and cause less trauma to the surrounding tissue. However, according to the [dmac.adelaide.edu.au/aoanjrr/documents/aoanjrrreport_2009.pdf] 2009 Annual Report of the Australian Joint Registry, the Profemur Z Stem was associated with an 11.2% failure rate at three years after initial surgery. One in every nine patients who has received a Wright hip replacement system has experienced pain and other serious problems with their implants, the report said.
The defective medical device lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are investigating whether the modular design of the Wright Profemur Hip implant may make the Z Stem more likely to fracture, break, degrade, fret and ultimately fail. The firm is also attempting to determine if Wright Medical failed to adequately research and test the hip replacement implant or warn patients and doctors about the risk of early failure.
About Alonso Krangle LLP
Andres Alonso and David Krangle, attorneys with almost 40 years of collective legal experience, have focused their law practice on the handling of significant personal injury cases, defective drug and medical device litigation, construction site accidents, nursing home abuse, medical negligence, qui tam/whistleblower actions and consumer fraud cases. A national law firm representing injured victims throughout the U.S., Alonso Krangle LLP is headquartered in Long Island, New York, with offices in New York City, and plans to open additional locations in New Jersey.
For more information about Alonso Krangle or to join the fight and be a part of our team, please contact us at 1-800-403-6191 or visit our website, http://www.FightForVictims.com.
Alonso Krangle LLP
445 Broad Hollow Road
Melville, New York 11747
To email David Krangle: dkrangle(at)alonsokrangle(dot)com
To email Andres Alonso: alonso(at)alonsokrangle(dot)com
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