Defective products can come in many forms. Poorly designed vehicles and shoddily manufactured electronics can cause serious harm. Yet some of the most serious injuries stem from defective medical devices. We expect medical implants to be safe, yet there are times when they are anything but. That’s when skilled product liability lawyer Stephen G. Charpentier can help.
The teams at our Melbourne, Cocoa, and Titusville, FL legal offices would like to explore the dangers of defective hip replacements. This should help you understand why these need to be taken seriously and what your legal options are.
Why Hip Replacements Are Necessary
Many people require a hip replacement later in life due to the wear and tear on the hip joint. Osteoarthritis and a host of other medical conditions can cause difficulty moving the hip, which makes getting around a serious challenge.
Old age could also necessitate a hip replacement. Given the weakness of bone structure in advanced age, fracturing a hip is not uncommon among seniors. A hip replacement will restore mobility and independence.
Sadly, not all hip replacements function like they should. Certain materials and designs to rebuild this ball-and-socket joint wind up doing more harm than good.
DePuy Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements
Many hip replacements are made of plastic or ceramic materials. In an effort to make a more durable hip replacement, DePuy Orthopaedics (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) created a metal-on-metal artificial hip joint. The idea was that the metal ball and socket joint would be more structurally sound than previous types of artificial hips made from other materials.
That was not the case.
Problems with DePuy Hip Replacements
Metal-on-metal hip replacements resulted in a number of serious problems. As the metal scrapes against metal in the hip joint (such is the nature of ball and socket joints), the friction causes metal particles to come loose. These metal particles can wind up in a person’s bloodstream, which can negatively affect the circulatory system and internal organs. These metal particles also harm the surrounding bone and soft tissue of the hip area, leading to severe pain and an inability for the hip joint to function properly.
Treating the Damage Caused by DePuy Hip Implants
As a result of the harm caused by DePuy hip implants, patients needed to undergo surgical treatment to remove the artificial hip and repair the soft tissue and bone. Organ damage from the metal particles requires more advanced treatment given the nature of the harm that was caused.
Health problems such as these are why the Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. takes these matters seriously.
Recall of DePuy Hip Replacements
After numerous complaints from patients who required surgical treatment because of their metal-on-metal hip replacements, DePuy recalled their product in August 2010.
This is just one of the faulty join replacement devices that Johnson & Johnson is responsible for; a DePuy elbow joint was also recalled due to improper testing and negative health impact on patients.
How Our Lawyers Can Help
Major corporations should not be able to get away with negligence like this. More than 10,000 individual lawsuits have been brought against Johnson & Johnson for the DePuy hip replacement alone. Our legal team can help you and your loved ones if you have suffered because of Johnson & Johnson’s negligent actions.
Speak with a Defective Hip Replacement Attorney
If you or a loved one has had to deal with a defective artificial hip or any sort of joint replacement device, contact a skilled product liability attorney. You can reach Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. in Melbourne by calling (866) 615-7868, in Cocoa by calling (321) 631-5446, and in Titusville by calling (321) 308-8025.