Failing Hip Implants

Here at Coxwell & Associates we handle a variety of cases but one of our passions over the years has been to fight for Mississippians when they have been injured by a poorly designed or negligently manufactured product. From dangerous prescription drugs like Actos, to failing implants such as the Metal-on-metal hip implants manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and others, Coxwell & Associates has been dedicated to helping our Mississippi neighbors in the everyday struggle against the horrible effects of these failing products.

Metal-on-Metal hip implants are just one of the many new challenges Mississippians are now faced with and Coxwell & Associates has taken up the fight against the manufacturers of the Metal-on-metal hip implants. These hip implants are failing at an alarming rate.

USA Today recently ran a story detailing some of these staggering statistics and the side effects that go with these implant failures.

Here are the quick facts from the USA Today article:

  • A surgery study showed that 98% of implants surveyed showed moderate to severe wear on the metal cups, AND 93% had moderate to severe wear on the metal ball joint
  • 24% of patients in England needed revision surgeries
  • 33% of patients studied in the Netherlands had adverse reactions to the implants
  • Almost 40,000 implants between 2005 and 2006
  • American Society of Hip and Knee Surgeons estimates 500,000 people have a metal-on-metal hip implant
  • Approximately 285,000 hip replacements are done every year
  • 32% of all hip implants in that year were metal-on-metal

These are high failure rates considering the consequences of a metal-on-metal hip failing in the patient. In a publication on the FDA website the FDA outlined some of the dangers of a failing Metal-on-metal hip. Some of the dangers include toxins entering the body through the blood stream which can cause tissue death around the joint as well as heart and nervous system damage.
The FDA has further stated that there is no need for metal-on-metal joints with today’s technological advances in medicine. Simply put, hip manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson can do better.

Our clients have reported many different side effects of the Metal-on-metal hip implants ranging from severe infections requiring revision surgeries to inflammation and the inability to walk. Whatever your symptoms are, we know they are affecting your everyday life. They are preventing you from having the quality of life you deserve and threatening your health at the same time. The technology to make strong hips without using metal-on-metal surfaces is out there and Coxwell & Associates is here to help those who were not given the benefit of these new technologies.

Here are some of the symptoms the FDA has listed to be on the lookout for if you have had a hip replacement:

  • Pain in the groin, hip or leg
  • Swelling at or near the hip joint
  • A limp or change in walking ability

If you have a hip implant that you are concerned about, or you have a friend a loved one who might be suffering from a Metal-on-Metal hip implant call us and we will work with you to get the answers and help that you need. You can reach us locally at (601) 948-1600 and toll free at 1-877-231-1600. You can also visit our website for more ways to contact us.

As always, Coxwell & Associates is here for you, our neighbors and fellow Mississippians, for all your legal concerns.

USA Today Article Link
FDA Metal-on-metal Concerns Link
FDA.gov
Coxwell & Associates Website

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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