While metal hip replacements are intended to improve mobility by replacing the ball-and-socket hip joint, these medical implants sometimes do more harm than good.
Typically, metal hip replacements consist of two metal parts: a ball and a cup. These parts can rub together, releasing metallic debris t into the body and bloodstream. This condition is called “metallosis,” and can cause several long-term medical conditions, including severe chronic pain, swelling, blood poisoning, and even death.
Due to current product liability laws, product manufacturers can be held liable for any injuries caused by these metal hip replacements. For the injured party to prove liability, one or more of these three conditions must be true:
- The hip replacement has an inherent design defect that caused injury
- The hip replacement was manufactured with a defect that caused damage
- The manufacturer of the hip replacement did not adequately inform the injured party with all potential dangers of the implant
Typically, the product manufacturer is at fault. Sometimes, the surgeon who performed the hip replacement procedure is at fault as well. All healthcare professionals have a legal obligation to perform medical procedures without causing harm to the patient — both in the moment and in the future.
If a surgeon makes an error while performing the procedure, and that error results in injury to the patient, this could be considered medical malpractice. In these cases, the surgeon may have implanted the replacement incorrectly, falsely diagnosed a patient, or failed to fully inform the patient of the risks associated with a metal hip replacement.
Contact a New York Defective Medical Device Lawyer
If you or a loved one has become injured or sick because of a metal hip replacement, contact Hach & Rose, LLP at (212) 779-0057 to speak with one of our defective medical device attorneys today.