Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Comments on New Study Linking Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Pain to Tissue Damage

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The Firm is representing hundreds of alleged victims of metal-on-metal hip implants, including clients who have filed DePuy ASR hip recall lawsuits, DePuy Pinnacle hip implant lawsuits, and Biomet hip replacement lawsuits, as well as those with claims stemming from the Stryker hip recall for Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems.

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Our Firm is currently representing hundreds of metal-on-metal hip implant recipients who have experienced unexplained pain. In many cases, revision surgeries revealed that these individuals suffered from significant tissue damage.

Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that a new study is raising more questions regarding the safety of metal-on-metal hip implant devices. The research, which was presented on March 20th at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), found that unexplained hip pain in metal-on-metal hip replacement patients is often due to tissue damage rather than wear of the device. Among other things, the researchers conducting the study found that of 50 all-metal hip patients presenting with unexplained pain, 30 had evidence of a moderate to high harmful reaction to metal. The researchers also found some buildup of metal deposits in the soft tissue of 12% of the patients. High-grade tissue damage was found in 10 times as many patients in the unexplained pain group compared to the control group.*

“The findings of this study support many of the allegations put forth in the metal-on-metal hip lawsuits. Our Firm is currently representing hundreds of metal-on-metal hip implant recipients who have experienced unexplained pain. In many cases, revision surgeries revealed that these individuals suffered from significant tissue damage,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm continues to offer free legal evaluations to alleged victims of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuits

The study presented last month at the AAOS meeting is not the first to raise concerns about the complications associated with metal-on-metal hip devices. Metal-on-metal hip replacements have been the subject of a U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) safety review since 2011, due to concerns that metal ions shed from the hips can result in metallosis, adverse local tissue reactions, and early failure of the device. In January, the agency issued new guidance for patients fitted with metal-on-metal hip replacements, advising doctors to consider metal ion testing in those experiencing symptoms of hip implant failure. The FDA also said it had proposed a new rule that would make all-metal hips ineligible for 510(k) approvals, which allowed such devices to come to trial without the benefit of human testing.**

In recent years, thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants on behalf of plaintiffs who allegedly suffered serious complications due to these devices. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is actively filing complaints associated with the 2010 DePuy ASR hip recall in a multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. According to court records, the first trials in that litigation are to begin this spring. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2197) The first trials involving a metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant are scheduled to begin in September 2014 in a multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas. Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner, Jeffrey S. Grand, is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Pinnacle litigation (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2244)

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is also actively filing claims in a multidistrict litigation for Biomet hip replacement lawsuits that is currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana (In re: Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2391), and in the consolidated litigation underway in New Jersey Superior Court for claims involving the Stryker Rejuvenate hip recall. (In re Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and the ABG II Modular Hip Stem Litigation, No. 296)

Individuals who suffered premature device failure, metallosis and other complications allegedly associated with metal-on-metal hip replacements may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. A wealth of information about filing a metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuit is available on Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. For additional information, please contact one of our attorneys by calling 877-779-1414.

*eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-03/hfss-hip031913.php
**fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/MetalonMetalHipImplants/ucm241604.htm

About Bernstein Liebhard LLP
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993, including those who have been harmed by dangerous drugs, defective medical devices and consumer products. The firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the “Plaintiffs’ Hot List,” recognizing the top plaintiffs’ firms in the country, for the past 10 consecutive years.

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