Hip Replacement Side Effect Lawsuit
Patients who undergo hip replacement have man-made parts put in them to replace damaged or diseased parts of the hip joint. This procedure has been known to cause may injuries, though. If you or a loved one have had problems with a hip replacement performed after 2003, compensation may be available. $56 million was just awarded to hip replacement patients who suffered injuries.
To participate in this lawsuit you must meet the following requirements:
- you must have had your hip replacement after 2002
The legal action in favor of hip replacement victims is structured as a mass tort lawsuit (learn why that’s important to you). Unlike class action lawsuits, a mass tort lawsuit treats each claimant (victim) as an individual. What this means to you is that a separate, individual lawsuit against the manufacturer is filed upon your behalf. It is worth noting that settlements in these cases often result in large sums of money being awarded to the claimant; the majority going to you and a much lesser amount to the attorney. Also there is NEVER any upfront payment to the attorney or any out-of-pocket expenses for which you are responsible.
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Hip Replacement Surgery and the Associated Risks
If a bone or cartilage in the hip area is damaged or diseased to an irreparable extent, a hip replacement surgery is often considered a possible treatment option. In this surgical procedure, the diseased area of the bone or cartilage in the hip joint is removed and then replaced by artificial materials. Usually, the hip joint replacement involves the removal of a bone area that is in the shape of a cup and ball. This diseased ball and socket is removed in the surgery and then replaced with metal or ceramic inserts instead that are shaped similarly. These artificial inserts fixed in place using bony cement or microscopic pores are known as prosthesis.
When Does a Hip Replacement Surgery Become Necessary
Most commonly, hip replacement is done to patients who suffer from continuously worsening hip joint arthritis and most commonly degenerative arthritis. Fractures, death of hip bone or rheumatoid arthritis can also lead you to need hip replacement. Regardless, the surgery often becomes necessary when the patient suffering from any of these conditions starts experiencing impairment in daily functions like walking, standing up or sitting down along with chronic pain. However, whether or not to have a hip replacement surgery is an important decision to make since there is an increased risk of injury in the procedure that can cause you a lot of additional trouble.
Understanding the Risks of Hip Replacement
Hip replacement surgeries come with several different complications that can create a lot of trouble for patients in the future. The most important thing to remember is that the replaced hip joint prosthesis wears off eventually. This means that people who have this surgery at a young age will have to go through it once again in the future. Also, if metal-on-metal prosthesis is used to replace your hip joints, it may release metal ions in your blood, causing conditions like bone erosion or internal inflammation.
Other than these basic disadvantages, a hip replacement surgery can also lead to several more dangerous health conditions that further harm your body. During the surgery, even the healthy part of your hip joint can get fractured, demanding additional grafting or other treatment. The dislodging of the newly installed cup and ball prosthesis is another condition that can lead to pain and another surgery. Also, the newer joints may not fix to your bones, causing pain in that area. Change in leg length and possible infections at the incision site are also some problems that occur.
One major problem that people often experience after hip replacement is the increased risk of blood clotting. These clots can form in the leg veins; a part of this clot can break off and travel to your heart, brain or lung, leading to extreme damage. To reduce the risk of this problem, most doctors prescribe blood thinning medications to those who go through this surgery. If you have suffered from any of these side-effects after going through a hip replacement surgery and you were not informed of the risk prior to the surgery, you have legal grounds to claim compensation.