Hip replacement, also known as hip arthroplasty, can leave patients with less pain, a greater range of motion, and an improved quality of life. However, the surgery is not always successful. If you're experiencing complications after your hip replacement, you may wonder if you're entitled to compensation.
About Hip Replacement Surgery
Hip replacement surgery is a procedure that replaces a worn out joint with an artificial replacement. Most people who have this procedure done suffer from osteoarthritis, which is a condition that causes the cartilage that prevents bones from rubbing against each other at a joint to wear down. Hip replacements can also be done to correct childhood disorders such as hip dysplasia.
Due to the constant pressure applied over the course of completing everyday activities, artificial hip joints have a limited lifespan. It's important to keep in mind that a hip replacement surgery only has an expected lifespan of 10 to 20 years even if the procedure is considered a success.
Manufacturer negligence may be a factor in some cases of failed hip replacement. Manufacturers are expected to adequately test the safety of their product and to warn surgeons about the possible danger associated with the hip implant. If your complications are due to problems with the hip joint itself, the manufacturer may be the one who is legally liable for your expenses.
Several manufacturers and devices have been involved in litigation, including:
- DePuy ASR Acetabular & Resurfacing System
- DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacements
- Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip
- Stryker LFIT V40
If you've suffered complications from a metal-on-metal hip replacement you need to speak with an experienced medical device attorney as soon as possible.
Contact us online or call us directly at 318.541.8188 to schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation with the legal team at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault.