Orthopedic hip implant lawsuits are defective drug cases in which patients injured as a result of DePuy Orthopedics’ or Zimmer Durom’s hip replacement devices seek compensation for their injuries, losses, and permanent disabilities. Intended to improve mobility, these orthopedic hip implants consisted of either a ball-and-socket metal device or a metal cup for the top of the femur (the end of the large thigh bone that resides inside the hip cavity).
Since these devices were introduced in the U.S. in July 2003, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received more than 500 reports of severe health complications and the need for additional hip replacement surgery associated with DePuy’s and Zimmer Durom’s hip implant devices. Zimmer Durom issued a national hip replacement recall in the U.S. in 2008 and DePuy followed suit in August 2010.
Although the public is aware of the dangers of these hip replacement devices, for many, the damage has already been done. In fact, research has found that up to 13 percent (approximately 1 in 8) hip implant patients experience severe implant-related health complications.
How to Start a Zimmer Durom or DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit
Injured hip implant patients should seek immediate medical attention if they develop any of the following symptoms:
- difficulty walking
- hip dislocation
- inflammation of the hip joint
- loosening of the device
- severe hip pain
While such health complications and the need for more hip surgeries can be expensive, stressful, and overwhelming, injured patients may have a strong legal claim against the maker of their defective hip implant, and they can secure compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, permanent disabilities, pain, and suffering by following through with an orthopedic implant lawsuit.
Although DePuy announced that it would offer injured patients “reasonable compensation,” it is crucial that injured parties have a skilled legal professional aggressively advocating their rights. Without an attorney on your side, corporate lawyers for the medical device manufacturers may undercut the settlement that you deserve. Defective device attorneys welcome injured hip implant patients to learn more about their legal rights, receive a professional evaluation of their case, and get expert advice regarding how to move forward by attending a complimentary, no obligations initial consultation.
If you or a loved one had a Zimmer Durom or DePuy hip replacement and suffers from difficulty walking, hip dislocation, inflammation of the hip joint, loosening of the device, or severe hip pain you should contact us immediately for a free and confidential case review. You may be entitled to compensation and we can help.