Hip Replacement Lawsuits

Asheville, North Carolina

Hip replacements are intended to help individuals regain mobility and improve their quality of life. However, an increasing number of hip replacement implants have been linked to severe health complications.

The Asheville, North Carolina, hip implant attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates are currently reviewing claims from patients who may have suffered harm due to faulty hip replacement devices. If you or a family member was injured by a defective hip implant, we may be able to help you pursue financial compensation for resulting medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. Find out more about compensation following a hip replacement recall.

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Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip arthroplasty is a common procedure for a wide variety of patients who are unable to maintain an active lifestyle because of hip problems. Hip replacement surgery entails the placement of artificial components designed to function like your natural hip and allow you to regain mobility and maintain a certain level of functional activity.

Hip implants are made by a number of medical device manufacturers and come in an array of models. Many hip implants are made of both metal and plastic, while some consist entirely of metal components. Unfortunately, an increasing number of hip implants have been linked to complications, which neither surgeons nor paitents were aware of at the time of hip replacement.

Stryker Hip Implant Recalls

Stryker Orthopaedics recalled its Rejuvenate hip stem and ABG II modular-neck hip stem on July 6, 2012, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received numerous reports regarding complications associated with Stryker hip implants.

Many of the side-effects associated with Stryker hip implants were severe enough to necessitate revision surgery to remove and replace the defective hip implants. If you received a faulty Stryker hip implant, the Asheville, North Carolina, hip implant attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates can review the circumstances of your case and advise you on your legal options.

For more information, see 9 Signs You Have a Failed Hip Implant.

DePuy Hip Implant Recalls

In August of 2010, DePuy recalled two of its ASR hip replacement systems: the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. There is evidence that DePuy knew about many of the risks linked to the ASR systems long before the company issued the worldwide recall in August.

The DePuy hip implants were recalled because the metal-on-metal design had higher-than-expected early failure rates. Hip implants are generally expected to perform for around 15 years, yet the recalled DePuy implants may fail only after a few years following implantation.

Other Metal Hip Implants

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has issued warnings about risks associated with all-metal hip replacements. Metal hip implants have an earlier-than-average failure rate, may cause metallosis, and may require a second surgery to remove and replace the defective metal implant.

One-third of hip arthroplasty procedures performed in the United States involve metal-on-metal hip replacements. If you received a metal hip implant, it's important to be aware of the risks associated with these dangerous medical devices and to be aware of the symptoms and causes of failed hip implants.

If you or a family member suffered harm due to a faulty hip implant, please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates for your free case consultation. Our hip implant attorneys welcome clients from the Asheville, North Carolina, area.