These personal injury suits allege that the device is defective because it generates high levels of metal ions, which may lead to metallosis and early failure or revision surgery.
(PRWEB) December 11, 2012
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, is proud to announce that Senior Litigation Counsel Daniel C. Burke has been appointed to the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in the Biomet multidistrict litigation entitled In Re: Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2391). The order was issued on December 5th by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr., who is overseeing the litigation. The MDL was created on October 2nd and consolidates lawsuits to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division.
A multidistrict litigation (MDL) is formed when there are a number of lawsuits involving common questions of fact. The MDL is intended to speed up the process of complex litigation by consolidating cases to one court before one judge. According to the Initial Transfer Order for the In Re: Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, Plaintiffs’ lawsuits focus on the fact that the M2a Magnum is a metal-on-metal hip implant. These personal injury suits allege that the device is defective because it generates high levels of metal ions, which may lead to metallosis and early failure or revision surgery.
Parker Waichman has already filed a number of lawsuits alleging that the Biomet M2a Magnum hip implant caused injuries. Recently, the firm filed a case on November 29th behalf of a Michigan man who claims that his hip implant failed, causing severe pain and the need to undergo revision surgery (Case No. 2:12-cv-15255-LPZ-MJH). The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Court of Michigan, alleges that the device’s metal-on-metal design can lead to:
- High levels of chromium and cobalt ions
- Fluid buildup
- Bone and tissue damage
- Squeaking or popping noises
Metal-on-metal hip implants as a class have become a serious health concern. In June, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expert advisory panel recommended that patients implanted with such devices undergo yearly testing, including physicals, imaging scans and possible blood screening, to detect complications.
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 Implants 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