Last week, the FDA 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.
(PRWEB) January 23, 2013
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™ hip system caused substantial injuries in an Indiana man. The suit was filed on January 18, 2013 in the Marion County Circuit Court (Case No. 49005 13 01 CT 002323). Biomet, Inc., Biomet Orthopedics, LLC, Biomet U.S. Reconstruction, LLC, LVB Acquisition, Inc., LVB Acquisition Holding LLC and LVB Acquisition Merger Sub, Inc. have been named as Defendants.
According to the Complaint, the Plaintiff had the Biomet M2a Magnum™ implanted in his left hip. The lawsuits alleges that, at this time, more than 100 reports of adverse events had been filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Defendants knew the implant was defective. However, the suit alleges, Biomet refused to disclose this information to the Plaintiff, his doctor or the public; instead, the Defendants continued to misrepresent the device as safe and effective. As an alleged result of using the implant, the Plaintiff suffered from severe pain and loosening of the implant. Because of these complications, he underwent a complex, risky and painful revision surgery to remove the allegedly defective implant.
The lawsuit alleges that revision surgeries usually take longer than the initial implantation, and have a higher risk of 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 severe and possibly permanent injuries, pain, suffering, emotional distress and economic damages including lost wages and medical expenses.
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.
Last week, the FDA 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. Symptomatic patients should be considered for metal ion testing, the agency said. 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 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