New York, New York (PRWEB) June 09, 2012
Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing clients who have been injured by defective metal-on-metal hip implants, reports on a Smith & Nephew hip recall issued on June 1, 2012. The British medical technology company recalled the optional metal liner component of its R3 Acetabular System hip device due to high failure rates associated with the device.* Annual revision rates in patients with the Smith & Nephew metal liner component were 1.6 percent, which is well above the 1 percent rate Britain’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Evidence deems acceptable. The metal liner was introduced to the market in 2007, and globally launched in 2009. Approximately 7,700 individuals were affected by the Smith & Nephew hip recall. Potential complications from the device include infections, fractures and dislocations, though the company maintains that there is no evidence of the device causing metallosis, or increased metal debris in the body.
Smith & Nephew Hip Recall Further Illustrates Dangers Of Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants
Smith & Nephew maintains that the metal liner recall is a precautionary measure. According to the company, patients who received the metal liner but who have not experienced complications do not need to have the device removed. However, this latest device recall adds to mounting concerns about the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. In August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, issued a voluntary worldwide recall of its ASR hip replacements that affected approximately 93,000 people after data revealed that the devices had excessively high failure rates. Since then, there has been a flood of litigation surrounding the ASR hip implants as well as other metal-on-metal hip systems. Medical experts in the United States and abroad have been studying the potential dangers of metal hip replacement systems, and question the approval processes that allowed such devices on the market, at times without clinical testing.
Litigation Surrounding Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants Continues to Grow
Those who experienced complications after receiving metal-on-metal hip implants may be able to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for their injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The hip replacement lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are actively filing cases on behalf of individuals allegedly injured by metal hip implants, including those who received DePuy ASR hip implants and certain Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip replacement systems. Since the dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip replacement implants were first identified, Bernstein Liebhard LLP has followed developments, and provided a wealth of information on hip recall news on its website. Contact our lawyers today for a free case review.
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