(PRWEB) February 13, 2013
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a West Virginia man who alleges that Biomet M2a Magnum hip implant is defective and caused substantial injury. The suit was filed on February 7th in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Parkersburg Division (Civil Case No.6:13-cv-2217). Biomet, Inc. and Biomet Orthopedics, LLC have been named as Defendants.
According to the Complaint, the Plaintiff received the Biomet M2a Magnum hip implant in July 2008. Thereafter, he suffered from severe pain, allegedly due to the all-metal hip implant. Last October, the Plaintiff underwent a complex, risky and painful revision surgery to remove the implant. The suit states that at the time he first received the implant, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had received over 100 reports of complications associated with the Biomet M2a Magnum. The lawsuit alleges that Biomet was aware of these adverse event reports but did not disclose this information to the Plaintiff, his doctor or the public.
The lawsuit also alleges that the revision surgery has left the Plaintiff at greater risk for complications. Going through this invasive procedure has allegedly placed the Plaintiff at greater risk of future complications, such as dislocation. The Plaintiff is suing for pain and suffering, emotional distress and economic loss.
The Biomet M2a Magnum is a type of metal-on-metal hip implant. According to the lawsuit, the Biomet M2a Magnum uses a “monoblock” system, which does not allow it to have any type of plastic acetabular liner. As a result, the lawsuit alleges, the implant forces metal to rub against metal with the full weight of the body; this can cause excess levels of cobalt and chromium ions, which leads to metallosis, bone and tissue damage, pseudotumors and the need for early revision surgery.
The FDA recently issued new guidelines for patients with metal-on-metal hip implants, warning that the devices can cause bone and tissue damage due to the release of metal ions. Patients who experience pain, swelling, a change in their ability to walk or hear noises coming from the hip (popping, squeaking, grinding) are advised to speak with their physicians and symptomatic patients should be considered for metal ion testing. The FDA also recommended regular physical examinations, routine radiographs and diagnostic imaging to assess metal-on-metal hip implant patients.
Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free legal consultations to victims of metal-on-metal hip implant injuries. If you or a loved one experienced premature failure of your implant or other health problems associated with a metal-on-metal hip implant, please contact their office by visiting the firm's Defective Hip Implant s page at yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).
Parker Waichman LLP
Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney