New York, New York (PRWEB) December 05, 2012
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Biomet M2a Magnum™, a metal-on-metal hip implant, caused complications in a Michigan man. The suit was filed on November 29th in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Court of Michigan (Case No. 2:12-cv-15255-LPZ-MJH). Biomet, Inc. and Biomet Orthopedics, LLC have been named as Defendants.
The Biomet M2a Magnum is a type of metal-on-metal hip implant; the lawsuit alleges that this type of hip system causes metal to rub against metal with the full weight of the body. As a result, tiny metal particles, mostly cobalt and chromium ions, shed from the device and get absorbed into the bloodstream and local tissue. The suit alleges that the defective design causes the body to react adversely, typically leading to symptoms of pain, looseness, dislocation, squeaking and popping sounds. The suit also claims that the metal debris causes fluid buildup as well as bone and tissue damage.
The Plaintiff is one such patient who experienced these painful complications, the lawsuit alleges. According to the Complaint, he received the Biomet M2a Magnum on his left hip in March 2009. Even though the Defendants knew of over 100 adverse event reports related to the device, they refused to inform the Plaintiff or the public, the suit alleges. The lawsuit claims that the implant failed, causing the Plaintiff to suffer severe pain and ultimately forced him to undergo revision surgery to remove the implant. According to the lawsuit, the revision surgery itself has a significant risk of injury because these procedures are more complex than initial implantation because there is less bone to work with and a higher chance of future complications.
The lawsuit alleges that the Plaintiff would not have received the implant if he was aware of the risks, and holds the Defendants responsible for his injuries. The Plaintiff is seeking compensation for a number of damages, including economic losses, severe and possibly permanent injuries, pain, suffering and significant emotional distress.
Research suggests that metal-on-metal hip implants fail more often than alternative hip replacement systems. Research based on data from the National Joint Registry of England Wales found that metal hip implants fail at a rate of 6 percent in five years compared to 2 percent in plastic or ceramic devices. The study, which was published in the Lancet in March, also found that the risks tend to be higher in female patients and patients with larger diameter heads.
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