New York, NY (PRWEB) September 20, 2012
Metal-on-metal hip implants continue to be cause for concern, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. On September 13, 2012, the UK National Joint Registry (“NJR”) presented its annual report at the British Orthopaedic Association meeting in Manchester.* Data from the NJR, which revealed that the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implants had excessively high failure rates, proved to be the impetus for the August 2010 worldwide recall of all DePuy ASR hip replacement implants. Approximately 93,000 devices were subject to the recall. The NJR has since continued to monitor and track the performance of medical devices. According to last week’s annual report, researchers looked at more than 80,000 hip replacement procedures performed in 2011. Of those, 11 percent were revision surgeries. While the report noted that metal-on-metal hip replacements have poor survivorship rates, the report also noted that the data did not indicate that they are associated with an increased risk of cancer within the first seven years of implantation. However, as reported by Reuters, the NJR added that “We must, however, point out that many cancers have prolonged latency after initial carcinogens and thus long-term follow up is needed to provide a definitive answer.”** In reporting on these findings, Reuters highlighted the fact that manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants, who were ordered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) last year to take blood samples from patients to measure metal ion levels, have not fully complied.
“It is unfortunate that the United States still does not have its own independent registry in place to track the performance of medical devices,” said Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing clients and filing lawsuits on behalf of individuals claiming injuries stemming from a variety of metal-on-metal hip systems.
Metal-On-Metal Hip Problems Lead To Mounting Litigation
Individuals who suffered metal-on-metal hip problems are filing lawsuits against the manufacturers of these products. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are actively involved in the following lawsuits: In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2197”), which is currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2244”), which is currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The firm is also investigating cases concerning other metal hip implants manufactured by Wright Medical Technology, Inc. Lawsuits involving the Wright Conserve hip replacement were recently consolidated in In re: Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2329”), which is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. In addition, the firm is closely following developments stemming from the June 2012 Smith & Nephew recall of a metal liner component of its metal-on-metal hip implants as well as the July 2012 recall of Stryker Orthopaedics’ Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems.
The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are currently evaluating potential metal-on-metal hip replacement lawsuit claims. Those who received a metal-on-metal hip replacement and have experienced hip replacement pain or had to undergo revision surgery may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other injuries. Learn more about the hip replacement lawsuits by visiting our website, http://www.consumerinjurylawyers.com/Metal-On-Metal-Hip-Implants-Dangers. For more information, contact a lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP today at (877) 779-1414.
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