Maine Total Hip Replacement Lawyers
Securing compensation for people harmed by hip implants
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of total hip replacements more than doubled between 2000 and 2010 for patients over the age of 45. Hip implants were traditionally offered to older patients, but due to an increasing number of younger and more active patients needing hip replacement, manufacturers have attempted to create more durable and flexible hip components. Unfortunately, in a rush to make improvements and accommodate this market, some hip implants have not been adequately tested.
Researchers have discovered that hips designed with metal-on-metal or metal-on-polyethylene components are failing at higher rates than plastic or ceramic options. Though metal was initially thought to be more durable, in this report, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that metal components are known to wear off with friction, causing metal particles to be released into the blood stream and resulting in higher levels of cobalt and chromium in patients. This process can also damage the bone and tissue surrounding the implant.
Complications associated with defective hip implant components include, but are not limited to:
- Hip dislocation
- Bone fracture
- Joint infection
- Local nerve damage with numbness
- Device loosening or breakage
- Difference in leg lengths
- Bone loss
- Blood clots
- Severe pain
- Soft tissue damage
- Additional surgeries
Berman & Simmons represents clients who have been injured from metal-on-metal hip implants and metal-on-polyethylene implants. There are statutes of limitations in medical device lawsuits, so it's important to get in touch with us as soon as possible if you believe you have a potential hip implant lawsuit.
Call 207-784-3576 for a free consultation.
For hip implant lawsuits, talk with a local Maine law firm you can trust
If you, a family member, or someone you love has suffered a serious injury following a total hip replacement, a lawyer at Berman & Simmons can help. We have the expertise and resources to make sure you receive full compensation for the harm done to you, and to hold manufacturers accountable for their actions.
We’re proud to be the trusted firm in Maine for people who have been seriously injured, and families that have suffered losses, through no fault of their own. We are recognized as the best personal injury and medical malpractice law firm in Maine and among the best in the U.S. We have obtained several of the largest jury verdicts in Maine history, and many of the largest settlements for our clients.
Call 207-784-3576 for a free consultation. You pay nothing unless we win by settlement or jury verdict.
What compensation can I receive if I’ve suffered injuries from a hip implant?
Under state and federal law, victims of defective products have the right to recover financial damages for various categories of loss, including:
- Pain, suffering, and emotional distress, past and future
- Interference with your enjoyment of life
- Medical expenses, past and future
- Time lost from work
- Loss of future earnings
- Wrongful death damages (for the estate)
News Associated with Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants:
2016: Johnson & Johnson Ordered to pay $1 Billion Settlement – Among other things, jurors ruled that Johnson & Johnson and DePuy were negligent in designing the hip implant.
2012: Dangerous Medical Implants and Devices – Most medical implants have never been tested for safety.