5 questions to ask before beginning a metal hip claim

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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.

3. What symptoms have you suffered as a result of your metal hip?

When your lawyer makes your compensation claim, they need to know what symptoms you have suffered due to your hip implant. It will help them determine how much compensation you could be awarded and increase the strength of your case.

There are many side effects you can suffer as a result of a metal implant, such as:

  • Hip dislocation: faulty mechanisms can cause the hip to dislocate.
  • Infection: contaminated metal hips can cause infection.
  • Metallosis: this is the build-up of metal debris in your tissue, this can cause further health problems.
  • Osteolysis: the breakdown of your bones (learn more about osteolysis).
  • Common metal-on-metal hip problems.

4. Have you seen your doctor, or medical practitioner, because of your metal hip implant?

Make sure to detail all appointments you have had about your metal hip implant, especially if you had follow up appointments due to any issues caused by the implant.

5. Have you had your metal implant removed or replaced?

Detail any surgical appointments you’ve had because your hip implant was removed or replaced. Some patients with metal-on-metal implants have had their implant replaced repeatedly because it was faulty.

Having a metal hip implant fitted is a risky operation and there is usually a long recovery period. Repeated surgeries are painful and potentially life threatening, and need to be mentioned in your compensation case.

Download the complete question form

To increase the chances of getting a successful metal hip claim, you need to get all the information so your personal attorney can built a strong case. Our worksheet has all the questions you need to ask before making your metal-on-metal compensation claim. Download it now to get started on your case:

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Our personal injury attorneys at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, are dedicated to helping people who have suffered because of defective or faulty implants.  Contact us on (877) 231-1600 or fill out our contact form and we can contact you.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

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