Hip & Knee Replacement

Hip & Knee Replacement

The past decade has seen an increase in the overall number of hip and knee replacements because of the aging population and an increased number of younger people receiving implants. While many implants help with a person’s quality of life, certain hip and knee replacement implants have been associated with complications and a high failure rate which leads to the need for revision surgery. Complications include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Infection
  • Dislocation of the joint
  • Injury to bone including breakage
  • Injury to surrounding tissue
  • Breakage of the implant parts
  • Instability
  • Wear and tear of the parts
  • Loosening of the attachments between the bones and implant

Defective devices include the DuPuy Hip, Stryker Hip, Biomet Hip, Smith and Nephew Hip Liner and Stryker Knee Implants.

If you or a loved one has been implanted with a defective hip or knee replacement device, contact VanDerGinst Law. We have knowledgeable and experienced attorneys who can help guide you through the complexities of your case and help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve. The consultation is free and there is never a fee unless we win. Call VanDerGinst Law at 800-797-5391.

DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System

In 2010, DePuy Orthopedics recalled the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System due to the high rate of failure that required a second hip replacement surgery. Patients who had either system implanted during surgery experienced high early rate of failure as well as symptoms of hip pain, loss of mobility, metal poisoning caused by the metal-on-metal hip replacement system, and other side effects. While DePuy Orthopedics offered a settlement to patients, this settlement would cause patients to give up their legal right to file a lawsuit against DePuy in the future and it is not recommended by our attorneys. If you had a DePuy Orthopedics ASR Hip Resurfacing System or ASR XL Acetabular System implanted during hip replacement surgery, you may be entitled to compensation.

Zimmer Durom Acetabular Component (“Durom Cup”)

Similarly, another manufacturer of hip replacement systems, Zimmer, also created metal on metal hip replacement systems. These systems were found to be dangerous by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to the high rate of failure and the possibility of metal poisoning with normal use. Zimmer recalled the Durom Acetabular Component (“Durom Cup”) in 2008, yet litigation continues to this day. Side effects of the Zimmer Durom Cup implant include bone damage, longer healing times, pain in the thigh, hip, and groin, and difficulty walking and standing along with the possibility of revision surgery. If you have had a Zimmer Durom Cup implanted during a hip replacement surgery, you may also be entitled to compensation.

Stryker LFIT™ V40

Another case of metal on metal systems are the Stryker ABG II and Rejuvenate implant (recalled in 2012). While this litigation is wrapping up, there is the possibility for a new recall for their Stryker LFIT™ V40 system due to devices failing more often than expected because of a faulty taper lock. This causes deterioration with normal use between the neck and stem which can cause pain, loss of mobility, metal poisoning, and more. If you were implanted with a Stryker LFIT™ V40 system, contact VanDerGinst Law for a free consultation.

Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System, Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) Femoral System, Tandem Bipolar Hip System, Modular SMF Hip Stem, and Modular REDAPT Revision Femoral System

Smith & Nephew, another set of metal on metal systems, has had several recalls of their products which have also failed. Many patients required revision surgery after experiencing pain, inflammation, metal poisoning due to metal on metal implants, difficulty walking and standing, and loss of mobility altogether. Some even experienced fractures of the femur around the device. If you have had one of the above Smith & Nephew hip replacement systems implanted in your body, you may be entitled to compensation due to a failure to warn, manufacturing defects, and design defects.

If you or a loved one has experienced problems after a hip replacement surgery with one of the above devices, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills. Don’t wait—contact VanDerGinst Law now. We take care of everything so that you can focus on getting better. And there’s never a fee unless we win. Guaranteed. If you’ve been injured due to DePuy, Zimmer, Stryker, or Smith & Nephew, contact us today for a free evaluation.


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