The number of hip replacements has skyrocketed over the last 10 years. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 300,000 hip replacement surgeries are performed each year in the United States alone.
Hip replacement surgery can be the difference between someone spending the rest of their life immobile and in pain and getting a second chance at living a normal life. While the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) calls hip replacements one of the most successful procedures in all of medicine, a growing number of people need revision surgery.
Those who require revision hip surgery to correct the complications caused by defective hip replacements have the option of filing a defective medical device lawsuit against the manufacturers. Broughton Partners provides a legal case generation service that helps personal injury attorneys find injured patients who have received defective hip replacements. We deliver pre-qualified leads with retained plaintiffs. The defective hip replacement leads your law firm will receive are case-ready and have been fully examined for legitimacy. If your law firm is looking to help more patients who have been injured due to harmful hip implants, call Broughton Partners today and start getting connected with defective hip replacement leads.
What is Hip Replacement Surgery?
Hip replacement is a procedure in which a surgeon removes a hip joint and replaces it with a hip replacement system. During a total hip replacement, sometimes called total hip arthroplasty, bone and cartilage that may have been damaged, are also removed and replaced.
Hip replacement surgery is not necessary for everyone. Some people can live fulfilling lives by taking medication to manage the pain in their hips. However, when the pain begins to limit activity and continues for most of the day, a doctor may recommend the procedure.
According to Dr. Jared Foran from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, some of the most common causes of pain that may require hip replacement surgery include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Post-traumatic arthritis
- Avascular necrosis
- Childhood hip disease
When is Hip Revision Surgery Necessary?
While the majority of people have positive experiences after hip replacement, a growing number of people are starting to need revision surgery.
Hip revision surgery is an option when the current hip implant in your body begins to fail or experience issues and you need subsequent surgery to fix any problems.
These are the most common reasons for hip replacement surgeries, according to the Hospital for Special Surgery:
- Implant wear
- Dislocation of the implant
- Implant loosening
- Mechanical failure
- Metal poisoning
- Implant Breakage
Risks Associated with Hip Revision Surgery
Unlike the original hip replacement surgery, revision surgery is a much more complex procedure that often takes several hours.
Doctors must carefully examine the tissue around the implant to make sure it’s not infected and must determine which components have become damaged. Because cement is sometimes used to secure the implant, it takes time to remove the cement from the bone. The implant then has to be removed and replaced.
Revision Surgery Presents A Greater Risk Of Complications.
The AAOS says the most common risks include:
- Blood clots
- Pulmonary embolism
- Leg-length inequality
- Heterotopic ossification
- Damage to nerves or blood vessels
- Failure of the bone to attach to the metal implant
- Implant loosening
Recovery from revision surgery is typically slower. While most people who undergo revision surgery see improvements, some patients still experience pain and implant problems afterward.
Types of Hip Replacement Cases Broughton Partners Looks For
There are various brands and different types of materials used in hip implants. Broughton Partners can provide law firms with defective hip replacement leads that involve these types of implants:
- DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System
- DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System
- DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System
- Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implants
- Stryker Rejuvenate Hip System
- Stryker ABG II Modular Neck Hip Stems
- Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System
- Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Devices
- Wright CONSERVE Plus Hip Devices
- Wright PROFEMURE Z Stem
Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Recall
Many medical device companies make hip implant devices that are touted as more durable than older types of implants. These companies are Biomet, DePuy, Stryker, Zimmer, Wright, and Smith & Nephew.
As the number of people receiving hip replacements increases, the number of complications associated with implants made by these companies increases too.
In many cases, these companies have designed implants that fail sooner than expected, leaving patients injured and in need of complicated revision surgery. Metal-on-metal implants have been the culprit in many failures.
Smith & Nephew was the maker of the first metal-on-metal implant to hit the market in the United States. These types of implants use metal components instead of those made of plastic or other materials. They were originally thought to be more durable and last longer. However, post-market studies have revealed metal-on-metal implants have a higher rate of failure than other implants.
In June 2015, Smith & Nephew issued an “Urgent Field Safety Notice” for its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing implant after post-market surveillance revealed some patients had a greater risk when implanting the device for revision surgery.
Doctors were warned to keep an eye on patients with the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing implant.
Why Are Patients Filing Defective Hip Replacement Lawsuits?
For some patients, the market withdrawal from Smith & Nephew came far too late.
Countless patients were implanted with the metal-on-metal implants and had to undergo revision surgery to stop the metal components from poisoning the surrounding tissue or repair implants.
Several types of hip implants have been recalled or pulled from the market over the past few years due to similar safety issues. For example, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy issued a Class 2 Recall in 2010 for its Acetabular Cup System.
In one case, Cheryl Elmore underwent hip resurfacing in 2008 with the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing implant. Two weeks later, she began to suffer loosening, requiring her to undergo revision surgery. A year later, she experienced more loosening of the hip joint.
By 2010, she had to undergo another revision surgery after tests showed higher levels of metal in her blood.
She filed a lawsuit against Smith & Nephew in 2012.
History of Defective Hip Replacement Settlements
2013 – Johnson & Johnson settled more than 8,000 lawsuits for $4 billion
2014 – Stryker Corp. paid a settlement of $1 billion to settle thousands of New Jersey and Minnesota claims over its Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implant devices
2015 – DePuy extended Johnson & Johnson’s settlement to cover an additional 1,800 claims and paid a settlement of $420 million
2015 – Biomet settled lawsuits alleging that its M2A Magnum metal-on-metal hip replacement system failed soon after it was implanted. Biomet paid a $56 million settlement
2016 – Zimmer Biomet paid a settlement of about $314 million to settle most of its Durom Cup lawsuits
2016 – Johnson & Johnson, along with DePuy settled 6 lawsuits for $247 million
2016 – Wright Medical paid a $240 million settlement for 1,300 lawsuits
2017 – Zimmer Inc. was ordered to pay $2 million to a man who was injured by Zimmer’s Kinective hip replacement implant.
2019 – Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay a settlement of $1 billion to end hip replacement lawsuits. The settlement included an earlier settlement that was $400 million.
How Do We Find Defective Hip Replacement Leads?
Broughton Partners finds people who are injured and are actively seeking legal representation. We begin by using a proprietary case-acquisition platform to track leads online. Our system is constantly monitored and optimized to ensure only high-quality leads are being delivered to attorneys. Our 24/7 in-house call center is staffed by multi-lingual specialists who will fully examine each defective hip replacement lead for eligibility. We ask potential plaintiffs a series of customized questions and run them through a qualification process that works with your law firm’s specified criteria. Once our team finds a legitimate defective hip replacement lead, we will go one step further by providing the necessary case documents such as hospital files and hip implant device information. Attorneys will then be able to begin working with their new clients and fight for their justice.
Get Signed & Case-Ready Defective Hip Replacement Leads
A powerful campaign of high-quality defective hip replacement leads will ensure that your law firm will have a steady stream of potential new cases and increased revenue. Victims of defective hip implants, or any other defective medical devices, can get the help they need through our network of websites and targeted online advertising.
Defective hip replacement leads are hard to come by, and signed cases are even more difficult to find. This is where Broughton Partners comes in. Your law firm can save precious time by letting our team use our marketing and legal expertise to communicate with potential plaintiffs. We perform the tedious work of vetting and examining potential defective hip replacement leads so that when we deliver your qualified cases you can begin working with the plaintiffs right away.
Get Connected With More Defective Hip Replacement Cases
Elmore’s case is just one example of thousands who experienced similar failures from devices that were marketed as safe and effective. Companies like Smith & Nephew and Biomet have settled thousands of metal-on-metal implant claims against them but continue to deny any liability. A company like DePuy has yet to issue a recall of its Pinnacle hip implants despite reports of high failure rates.
Countless people are still out there who have suffered severely after being implanted with one of their defective devices and have yet to receive any compensation or apology. More claims will be filed against manufacturers of hip implants. Don’t let your competitors find defective hip replacement leads before you do and work with Broughton Partners to gain a competitive advantage. Our case-acquisition process tracks leads the minute potential plaintiffs show an interest in receiving legal help. We filter out ineligible defective hip replacement leads and only provide your law firm with plaintiffs who qualify to file a lawsuit.
Qualified Defective Hip Replacement Leads For Law Firms
Victims of defective hip replacement devices are looking to file lawsuits for compensation and to hold companies accountable for their actions. Broughton Partners can connect your personal injury law firm with these plaintiffs in need of legal representation. Our innovative case-acquisition platform only provides case-ready claimants rather than unqualified leads.
If your law firm is actively seeking defective hip replacement leads, then contact Broughton Partners today to learn how you can receive prequalified cases with pre-packaged case documents. Let our team find cases for your law firm so you can focus on fighting for justice. Get matched with injured hip replacement victims by calling (855) 463-1735, or fill out a quick online form for a free consultation.
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- HSS. “Hip Replacement”, Hospital for Special Surgery, https://www.hss.edu/condition-list_hip-replacement.asp. Accessed April 26, 2019.
- Jared R. H. Foran, MD. “Total Hip Replacement”, OrthoInfo, https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/treatment/total-hip-replacement/. Accessed April 26, 2019.
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. “Improving the Measurement of Surgical Site Infection Risk Stratification/Outcome Detection”, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, https://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/ssi/ssiexh19.html. Accessed April 26, 2019.