Many individuals experience joint pain in the hip. The causes of their pain range from traumatic injury to degenerative changes that are a natural part of the aging process. For many, replacing the hip joint with an artificial prosthetic hip is their only hope of resuming a relatively normal life.
Unfortunately, the hip replacement industry has been plagued by one misstep after another as manufacturers rushed poorly designed products to market without adequately testing them. Metal-on-metal hip implants have caused a series of problems since device manufacturers released them on the market. Time has shown that metal-on-metal solutions may work well in automobile and heavy equipment manufacturing, but they can cause severe complications in the human body compared to prosthetics made with plastic and ceramic materials. These artificial joints can shed metal particles that travel through a patient’s body, spreading toxic metallic ions, damaging soft tissue and causing inflammation.
In addition to the problems that metal hip replacement systems cause, these defective products also put consumers at risk because most patients must undergo additional surgery to remove the failed implant. Like any surgical procedure, the operation to replace a metal-on-metal prosthetic carries risks related to anesthesia, medication and infection.
Consumers who have received defective metal on metal joints during hip replacement surgery have the right to know what what physical difficulties they face because of these defective devices. At Torklaw, we analyze every claim individually to maximize each client’s recovery. Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation.