When A Hip Replacement Goes Wrong
As baby boomers age, the number of hip replacement procedures performed each year will continue to grow. These medical implants provide a new beginning for those who were sidelined by pain and lack of function. For others, however, hip replacement devices result in pain, additional surgeries and diffusion of metal ions in the bloodstream, causing a variety of problems in the heart, nervous system and thyroid gland. Victims injured by these devices may be eligible for compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and other costs related to their injury.
At the Seattle law office of Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., we help individuals whose hip replacement device caused injury or illness. Contact our attorneys for a free consultation to learn how we can help you. Call us at 1-844-ELK-WEST (1-844-355-9378) or complete our online form.
Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Devices Most Likely To Cause Problems
Although there are risks associated with all hip replacement devices, metal-on-metal hip replacements, in particular, appear to cause many of the problems patients experience. The metal ball and metal socket slide against each other during normal movement such as walking or running. Over time, the friction can cause small particles to enter the space around the implant. Eventually, ions from these particles can enter the bloodstream.
Symptoms Of A Defective Hip Implant
In addition to causing problems with other body systems, the metal particles can damage tissue and joints around the implant. They may cause the implant to become loose and/or very painful. Symptoms of a defective implant include:
- Pain in the groin, hip or leg
- Swelling at or near the hip joint or other signs of infection
- Change in ability to walk or a limp
How We Can Help After A Defective Hip Implant Injures You
Each lawyer at our firm is backed by a team that includes paralegals, medical specialists, engineers of all kinds, nurses and other experts who are able to help identify the source of your injuries and determine the effect of the defective device on your life, work and family. This extensive network of experts and specialists allows us to level the playing field for our clients when we take on the large medical device manufacturers.
We use our resources and the experience of our attorneys to build the strongest possible cases for our clients.