Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Comments on New Study Finding that Tissue Damage Precedes Pain in Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Patients

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The Firm is representing alleged victims of metal-on-metal hip implants, including clients who have filed DePuy ASR hip recall lawsuits, DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuits, Biomet hip implant lawsuits, Stryker hip recall lawsuits, and Wright hip implant lawsuits.

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We agree with the authors of the study that patients fitted with metal-on-metal hip replacements need careful screening, possibly including blood and imaging testing, to ensure their devices are functioning properly.

As metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits continue to mount in courts throughout the country, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that a new study has found that metal-on-metal hip replacement patients often suffer tissue damage before they experience any pain from a hip. During the study, which according to Science Daily will appear in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, 69 metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients underwent MRI screens of their hips. The researchers found tissue damage in roughly the same number of asymptomatic and symptomatic patients. The authors of the study concluded that symptoms alone are not a sufficient means of monitoring metal-on-metal hip implant patients.*

“We agree with the authors of the study that patients fitted with metal-on-metal hip replacements need careful screening, possibly including blood and imaging testing, to ensure their devices are functioning properly,” 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 U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is currently evaluating the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants, which are the subject of a growing number of lawsuits that allege the devices can shed dangerous amounts of metal ions, resulting in metallosis, adverse local tissue reactions, and early failure of the device. In January, the FDA proposed a new rule that would make all-metal hips ineligible for 510(k) approvals, which allow a device to come to market without human testing if a manufacturer can demonstrate that it is similar in design to a previously approved product.**

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is actively filing metal-on-metal hip replacement lawsuits in a multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, for actions involving the DePuy ASR hip implant. Those metal-on-metal devices were recalled by Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit in August 2010, after they were found to have an unacceptably high failure rate.*** (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2197).

Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner Jeffrey S. Grand is also serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the DePuy Pinnacle hip litigation now underway in the Northern District of Texas concerning the metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip device (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2244). According to a May 17th New York Times report, Johnson & Johnson announced that it will stop selling metal-on-metal hip implants, including the all-metal version of the Pinnacle hip that is the subject of these lawsuits.****

The Firm is also representing recipients of the Biomet M2a Magnum hip implant in a multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana (In re: Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2391). Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s attorneys have also filed lawsuits on behalf of individuals affected by the Stryker hip recall for Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems in a multicounty litigation now moving forward in New Jersey Superior Court. (In re Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and the ABG II Modular Hip Stem Litigation, No. 296). The Firm is also representing alleged victims of injuries resulting from the Wright Conserve hip replacement, as well as the Wright Profemur hip implant.

Hip recipients who have suffered metallosis, hip implant failure, and other serious 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. For more information on filing a metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard’s website. To arrange for a free case review, please contact one of our attorneys today by calling 800-511-5092.

*Science Daily, May 17, 2013; sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130515151436.htm
**fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/MetalonMetalHipImplants/default.htm
***asrrecall.depuy.com/usprofessional-depuy-hip-recall
****nytimes.com/2013/05/17/business/jj-is-phasing-out-metal-replacement-hips.html?ref=health

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