New York, New York (PRWEB) June 05, 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 metal-on-metal hip implant caused pain and the need for revision surgery in a New York man. The suit was filed on May 30, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and names Biomet Inc., Biomet LLC, and Biomet Orthopedics as Defendants (Case No. 12-cv-4342).
According to the complaint, the Plaintiff received the Biomet M2a Magum hip replacement in February 2011. The complaint alleges that the defective design of the metal-on-metal hip implant caused severe pain and led to implant failure. A year after his initial implantation, the Plaintiff endured a revision surgery in order to remove the implant. The nature of the procedure has allegedly left the Plaintiff more vulnerable to complications in the future. The lawsuit alleges severe and permanent injuries, pain, suffering, and emotional distress.
The lawsuit also claims that Biomet sold and continues to sell the implant despite the lack of adequate testing and its knowledge of the alleged defects. According the complaint, over 350 adverse event reports linked to the Biomet hip replacement have been filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The Biomet M2a Magnum is a type of metal-on-metal hip implant. According to Parker Waichman LLP, a metal-on-metal hip implant utilizes a metal ball, or head, fitted on top of a femoral stem and works in conjunction with a metal socket, or cup. The devices have become controversial due to reported complications such as:
- High failure rate
- Necrosis (tissue death)
- Increased levels of cobalt and chromium ions
- Pain at the implant, sometimes spreading to the groin and back
- Osteolysis (bone loss)
- Fluid collections/solid masses around the hip joint
There is an ever-growing body of research questioning the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. In February, the British Medical Journal cautioned that all-metal hip recipients may have been exposed to dangerously high levels of metallic debris. The following month, the Lancet published a study showing that metal-on-metal implants fail at a rate of 6 percent in five years, as opposed to the 1.7 to 2.3 percent seen in their plastic or ceramic predecessors; the findings prompted the authors to recommend against using the devices altogether. Last month, a study in the Journal of Arthroplasty linked corrosion of the head-taper junction in metal hip replacements to adverse local tissue reaction. [http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e1410; thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2812%2960353-5/fulltext; arthroplastyjournal.org/article/S0883-5403%2812%2900175-1/abstract]
Most recently, a study in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery found that 39 percent of patients with all-metal implants developed pseudotumors. The risk of developing such a side effect increased significantly with elevated levels of metal ions. [bjj.boneandjoint.org.uk/content/94-B/6/755.abstract]
The U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) has asked 21 manufacturers to conduct postmarket studies to determine the impact of metallic debris in metal-on-metal hip implant recipients. On June 27th and 28th, the agency’s Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel will weigh the risks and benefits of the devices. [http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/MetalonMetalHipImplants/ucm241604.htm
Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free legal consultations to victims of Biomet M2a Magnum Hip System and other 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 Biomet Hip Implant or other metal-on-metal hip implant, please contact their office by visiting the firm's Defective Hip Implants page at http://www.yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).
For more information regarding defective hip implant lawsuits and Parker Waichman LLP, please visit: yourlawyer.com or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).
Parker Waichman LLP
Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney