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Metal-on-metal hip replacements were designed to help people suffering from hip problems. However, in recent years the recall of several metal hip implants and the hardship caused by these faulty implants has given many Americans the chance to claim compensation for the damage caused to them.
It’s unfair you should suffer as a result of the metal hip manufacturers or doctors who failed to tell you the potential risks.
Before you can contact a personal injury lawyer, there are some questions you need to answer first. There is important information you need to gather so your lawyer can determine if you have a strong case for a metal hip claim.
Here are the questions you need to ask before beginning a metal hip claim:
1. What metal-on-metal implant do you have?
First, you need to find out who manufactured your metal hip.
So far, there are quite a few manufacturers who have had to recall their metal implants because of the risk of blood poisoning and tissue damage.
- In August 2010, DePuy ASR issued a recall for approximately 93,000 implants which had a high rate of persistent failure.
- DePuy Pinnacle has also faced lawsuits for the faulty metal technology.
- Successful lawsuits have been made against Biomet for their faulty Biomet M2A Magnum Hip implants.
Other metal implants created by companies like Wright Conserve, Stryker Rejuvenate and Zimmer Durom have faced legal action for their metal-on-metal hip implants.
Find out who manufactured your implant. Your doctor should have records about your hip implant and be able to give you the name of the manufacturer.
2. Did your doctor tell you the risks of the metal hip implant?
Before getting your implant, did your doctor tell you of the possible risks? It has only been in the last decade that reports have surfaced about metal-on-metal hip complications so your doctor may not have known the potential dangers. It is an important question to ask then you can find out which parties are liable.