While the FDA takes time to study the problems with defective hip implants, it is important for those who received such devices to know that there are legal advocates who can work to protect their rights now.
Morristown, TN (PRWEB) May 26, 2011
The Food and Drug Administration earlier this month ordered manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip replacements to study outcomes of patients who received the implants, which have been linked to reports of high levels of metallic debris in patients’ bloodstreams and soft tissue damage.
Tennessee product liability attorney F. Braxton “Brack” Terry applauded the FDA for taking the unusual step of requiring a post-market study of the hip implants.
But Terry, an attorney with the personal injury law firm of Terry, Terry & Stapleton in Morristown, Tennessee, emphasized that many patients in Tennessee and across the Southeast are already suffering from debilitating health issues allegedly due to a product that underwent little if any clinical testing on the front end.
He cited the specific example of DePuy hip replacements, which parent company Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalled last year after a U.K. report indicated high failure rates for the medical device.
“Thousands of people here in Tennessee and in neighboring states received metal-on-metal hip replacements, including the DePuy hip implant,” Terry said. “Many of these patients are now suffering from debilitating pain and medical complications while facing mounting medical bills as a result of this allegedly defective medical device.”
Denise Terry Stapleton, a Morristown product liability attorney with Terry, Terry & Stapleton who focuses on defective medical device lawsuits, urged people to contact an experienced Tennessee defective hip implants lawyer if they or a loved one have suffered personal injury due to a DePuy hip implant or other allegedly defective hip replacement.
“While the FDA takes time to study the problems with defective hip implants, it is important for those who received such devices to know that there are legal advocates who can work to protect their rights now,” Stapleton said.
“The attorneys at Terry, Terry & Stapleton have the necessary experience with defective medical device lawsuits — including litigation over defective hip implants — to be a strong voice for patients who have suffered personal injury due to an allegedly defective hip implant, including the recalled DePuy devices,” she said.
About Terry, Terry & Stapleton
Terry, Terry & Stapleton is an East Tennessee law firm of personal injury lawyers and criminal trial attorneys that has served the region for more than 46 years. The firm handles personal injury and wrongful death cases, including car accident claims, workplace injuries, Social Security disability claims, medical malpractice lawsuits and products liability cases. For more information, call (800) 518-3779 or use the firm’s convenient online form.