New York, NY (PRWEB) June 23, 2012
Chaffin Luhana LLP, a national plaintiffs-only law firm, today reported a New York man recently filed a new Biomet hip replacement lawsuit (Case No. 12-cv-4342), alleging he suffered serious complications after being implanted with the all-metal Biomet M2A Magnum device. The lawsuit was filed by his Biomet hip replacement lawyer in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on May 30, 2012.
This is one of the many new lawsuits against so-called "metal-on-metal" hip devices, which have been linked in scientific studies to a higher rate of premature failure requiring revision surgery.
2001 Biomet Hip Replacement Recall
Biomet, Inc., faced a number of lawsuits years ago after its announcement in 2001 of a voluntary Biomet hip replacement recall. At the time, the company had discovered a higher-than-expected failure rate associated with the zirconia ceramic head. Because of a manufacturing defect, the component was prone to fracture. Along with seven other companies that were employing the component, including DePuy Orthopaedics and Zimmer, Inc., Biomet withdrew the component from the market.
Some of those patients injured by the component filed a Biomet hip replacement lawsuit to hold the company liable for failing to warn of the risks, and for failing to adequately test the device before making it available to so many patients.
Biomet Hip Replacement Lawyer Details Hip Failure
More recently, patients are coming forward to file a Biomet hip replacement lawsuit because of complications with the M2A Magnum. All-metal hip devices like the M2A have been linked to complications like hip pain, instability, difficulty walking, and metal toxicity.
According to the complaint drawn up by his Biomet hip replacement lawyer, the New York man alleges that the device's defective design caused him severe pain. One year after implantation, he had to go through hip revision surgery to remove the device and replace it with another one. The complaint goes on to state that over 350 adverse event reports related to Biomet hip implants have been submitted to the FDA.
Reported Complications with All-Metal Hip Devices
Like all metal-on-metal hip implants, the Biomet M2A contains a metal ball (or head) and a metal socket, or cup. The all-metal design was supposed to provide superior mobility and durability, but according to post marketing reports, is instead leading to premature failures and joint and tissue damage.
The problem occurs when during normal wear and tear, the metal ball and socket—both made of cobalt and chromium—scrape against one another in an abnormal way. Over time, tiny shards of metal can flake off and infect surrounding tissue and bone, causing tissue death, pain, bone loss, swelling, and even increased cobalt and chromium levels in the bloodstream.
Several studies have linked metal-on-metal hip devices to complications like these. In February 2012, a study published in the British Medical Journal noted that patients implanted with these devices may have been exposed to dangerously high levels of metallic debris. In March 2012, The Lancet published a study indicating a much higher rate of implant failure for metal hips as opposed to those made of metal and ceramic or metal and polyethylene.
In February 2012, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery published a study reporting that 59 percent of study participants implanted with metal-on-metal devices were diagnosed with pseudotumors—inflammatory lesions within the tissues also known as masses or cysts.
A Biomet Hip Replacement Lawyer Can Help
If you or a loved one has suffered from complications related to a Biomet hip implant, you deserve to know all your rights. The attorneys at Chaffin Luhana LLP will be happy to review your case and help you determine whether or not you may win compensation in a Biomet hip replacement lawsuit. Call today for a free and confidential case evaluation at 1-888-480-1123.
Eric T. Chaffin, Esq.
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