Hip Revision Surgery Lawyers
Every year, thousands of Americans undergo hip replacement surgery with the goals of reducing a person&'s pain, creating better range of movement, and allowing for a more active lifestyle. Sadly, complications from hip replacement surgery are all too common. Instead alleviating pain, these surgeries can cause severe pain. If an error is made, a second, "revision" surgery may be needed to correct an error. Instead of increasing a patient&'s mobility, successive hip surgeries may lead to reduced mobility.Contact Our Hip Revision Surgery Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries caused by hip replacement surgery, one may be entitled to damages for injuries caused by negligence. In some cases, the hip replacement device implanted into a person may be medically defective. In other cases, surgeons, doctors, or nurses act negligently, exacerbating preexisting injuries and causing new injuries. The sooner an affected person speaks to an experienced hip revision injury lawyer, the better a person&'s odds are of obtaining the compensation one deserves.Common Complications From Hip Replacement Surgery can Point to Negligence
Hip replacement candidates typically suffer from infirmities that make everyday activities difficult, if not impossible. For example, persons in need of a hip transplant may experience trouble walking, bending over, sitting, sleeping, and getting into a car. While hip replacement surgery can eliminate pain and help improve a patient&'s quality of life, the surgery also comes with significant risks, including the following:
- Hip replacement surgery recovery time can span a period of weeks. During the first few weeks, patients take a regimen of pain medication. Most patients need physical therapy for an extended period until they can fully use their hips;
- Discomfort at the site of the hip implant, swelling, and bruising are common after surgery;
- Joint weakness is also common immediately after the surgery. Patients should expect reduced mobility. Weak hip joints can make it difficult to walk and perform other basic activities like climbing stairs.
When a hip replacement system fails due to a manufacturing defect, a victim may have a right to compensation for one&'s injuries. Some of the most common reasons patients bring lawsuits against surgeons and manufacturers of medical devices include the following:
- The surgeon failed to warn the patient of all of the complications associated with hip replacement surgery;
- The hip replacement device was not accompanied by adequate implanting or safety instructions;
- The patient required multiple surgeries that were not necessary due to medical malpractice or a defective product;
- The hip device implant failed much sooner than anticipated;
- The hip device loosened unnecessarily.
According to claimants in lawsuits and professionals in the medical community, metal on metal hip implants can create dangerous complications in implant patients. These dangerous devices have been the subject of multiple product recalls. Product manufacturers initially thought that metal-on-metal hip implants would be more sturdy than previous hip implants. Unfortunately, claimants and medical professionals now contend that metal-on-metal hip implants can cause a dangerous condition called metallosis.
Metallosis is a medical condition in which metallic impact debris sheds from the hip implant device. These hip implant particles build up in a patient&'s soft tissues, and then the particles leak into the bloodstream, which can lead to metal poisoning of the blood. Hip implants are designed to last at least 15 to 20 years. Unfortunately, many hip implant patients have needed replacement systems installed within a few years due to metallosis. If you or someone you love is experiencing any of the following symptoms of metallosis, it is essential that the person seek medical attention and consult with an attorney as soon as possible:
- Increased pain in the hip or groin;
- Numbness ;
- Bone loss;
- Osteolysis (inflammation that causes the device to loosen from its socket);
- Blood poisoning;
- Thyroid or renal function impairment;
- Neurological changes;
- Cognitive and circulatory issues;
If you or someone you love has suffered any of these symptoms after undergoing a hip replacement using metal on metal parts, the person may be suffering from metallosis and may be a candidate for replacement revision surgery. The sooner you speak to an experienced hip replacement lawyer, the better. An experienced attorney can evaluate your case and help you determine whether or not you have a valid legal claim to compensation through a product liability lawsuit or a medical malpractice lawsuit. Contact our Charlotte personal injury law firm today to schedule your free initial consultation.