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Hundreds of thousands of Americans have received metallic hip implants, which were thought to be safer than the older ceramic or plastic implants that they replaced. However, many patients have discovered that metallic implants have issues of their own.
The metal components of these implants can rub together and cause corrosion, which can lead to premature hip failure that requires surgery to replace as well as metal ion poisoning.
If you have received a metal hip implant, you should watch for the following symptoms that may indicate that your replacement is defective.
In addition to the risk of the artificial hip failing structurally, a defective hip replacement can also cause metal ion poisoning. This happens when the metal parts in the hip rub together, breaking loose microscopic pieces of metal that can then enter the bloodstream. Metal ion poisoning can lead to a number of health problems, including:
Plaintiffs have successfully brought lawsuits against a handful of hip manufacturers. If you’ve received an implant made by one of the following companies, your hip may be at risk of failure.
If you think your hip replacement is defective, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation for a replacement surgery, as well as any suffering you’ve experienced because of your defective hip. We have been practicing for over six decades in the St. Louis area, and we have recovered over $400 million dollars for our clients. We can help you get the compensation you deserve.