New York, NY (PRWEB) November 09, 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™ caused serious injuries in one woman with a bilateral total hip replacement. The suit was filed on November 7th in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division (Case 6:12-cv-01677-CEH-GJK). Biomet, Inc. and Biomet Orthopedics, LLC have been named as Defendants.
The Plaintiff received the Biomet M2a Magnum in both her left and right hip, and both failed. As a result, she suffered from severe pain, instability and recurrent dislocations. According to the complaint, these complications led to multiple revision surgeries in an effort to correct the problem.
According to the complaint, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had already received numerous adverse event reports associated with the implant by the time it was implanted in the Plaintiff. Therefore, the suit alleges, Biomet was fully aware that the device was defective but continued to sell it to the Plaintiff and other consumers. The lawsuit is holding the Defendants liable for consequences suffered by the Plaintiff, which include economic damages, severe and possibly permanent injuries, pain, suffering and emotional distress.
The Biomet M2a Magnum is a metal-on-metal hip implant. The lawsuit alleges that the device was not properly tested by Biomet. Unlike other types of hip replacements, the M2a Magnum does not have the option of an acetabular cup liner. This allegedly causes metal to rub against metal with the full weight and pressure of the human body. The suit claims that as a result, excessive amounts of cobalt and chromium ions are released from the device, which manifests with symptoms of pain, looseness, dislocation, squeaking and popping sounds. The lawsuit also alleges that the body’s reaction to the metal particles causes fluids to accumulate and damages soft tissues and bone.
Metal-on-metal hip implants as a class have become the subject of safety concerns in the orthopedic community. Since they were approved using the 510(k) route, clinical testing was not needed before the devices were sold to the public. Now, studies show that metal hip replacements tend to fail more often than other implants. According to a study published earlier this year in the Lancet, metal-on-metal hip implants failed at a rate of 6 percent in five years, as opposed to the approximate 2 percent seen with alternative implants. Last month, the journal published another study showing “unacceptably high” rates of failure for patients who have hip resurfacing, a newer type of metal-on-metal hip replacement that attempts to preserve more bone.
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