Traditional hip implants are made with ceramic or plastic parts, but metal-on-metal implants were designed with all metal parts intended to be more durable and hold up better over time. However, that proved not to be the case. All-metal hip implants were failing at a higher than expected rate.

Hip implants should last as long as 20 years or more. Many of the metal-on-metal hip implants being investigated in this litigation have been found to fail within as little as five years. Many patients have had to undergo revision surgery to remove and replace their defective metal hip implant. These surgeries are typically more invasive and require longer recovery than initial hip replacement surgery.

Patients who reported problems in the first five years and had revision surgery reported a variety of symptoms, including pain, swelling and problems walking. These symptoms are normal for patients following a hip replacement, but can be a sign that something is wrong if they continue or come back frequently. These symptoms may indicate serious problems, including:

  • Loosening – when the implant does not stay attached to the bone in the correct position
  • Fracture – where the bone around the implant may have broken
  • Dislocation – where the two parts of the implant that move against each other are no longer aligned

It was discovered that as the metal parts of the device rubbed together, bits of metal would fall into the joint space, inflaming and damaging tissue causing the device to fail.

The metal bits were also leeching into the bloodstream causing a type of blood poisoning known as metallosis. Short-term symptoms of metallosis range from fatigue to headaches. No one is sure of the long-term effects though some studies show that metallosis can damage DNA, which can lead to serious health complications including cancer.

Physicians advise people who have undergone hip replacement surgery who have, or think they have, a metal-on-metal implant to contact their orthopedic surgeon even if the joint appears to be functioning well to rule out metallosis.

These defective hip devices are manufactured by various companies, such as Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopedics, among others. Lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of these defective hip implants by people who have been injured by the device.

WHAT CAN BE DONE?

If you or a loved one has been injured by a metal-on-metal hip replacement, you may have a claim against the manufacturers. Please contact us today by filling out the brief questionnaire or by calling our toll-free number (1-877-603-0135) for a free, no-cost, no-obligation evaluation of your case.


We're here to help!

We live by our creed of "helping those who need it most" and have helped thousands of clients get the justice they desperately needed and deserved. If you feel you have a case or just have questions please contact us for a free consultation. There is no risk and no fees unless we win for you.

Fields marked    may be required for submission.
  1. I'm an attorney
Defective Hip Replacement

Johnson & Johnson, DePuy Orthopaedics hit with $1...

Texas jurors deliberated for less than a day before returning a verdict finding Johnson & Johnson’s...
Defective Hip Replacement

J&J, Depuy Orthopedics hit with $497.6 million...

The metal-on-metal hip implant trial started on January 11, 2016, and took more than eight weeks before...
Defective Hip Replacement

Biomet settles metal-on-metal hip implant complaints...

Medical device manufacturer Biomet Inc. agreed Monday to pay $56 million to resolve multi-district...
Defective Hip Replacement

DePuy Orthopaedics approves $2.475 billion settlement...

DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has agreed to a $2.475 billion charge to settle...

Defective metal-on-metal hip implants may result in...

Many of the metal-on-metal hip implants being investigated in this litigation have been found to fail...
Defective Hip Replacement

Internal report reveals DePuy ASR hips were barely...

An engineering report and related testimony given during the first DePuy ASR hip implant trial revealed...
Defective Hip Replacement

Stryker Orthopaedics recalls two hip implant models

Orthopedic device manufacturer Stryker Orthopaedics has recalled two of its hip implant models over...

Beasley Allen attorney Navan Ward to help lead...

MONTGOMERY, ALA. (January 23, 2012) – Navan Ward, Jr., a shareholder with Montgomery based law firm...

Beasley Allen investigating claims of defective hip...

DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, recalled its ASR XL Acetabular system hip implants...

I never dreamed how much this would mean to me

I received another check today, much to my surprise. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I never dreamed how much this would mean to me in my golden years, as I have had hearing problems for years and needed to update my hearing aids, but with a limited income, found that was impossible. I now have the best hearing aids that I have ever had, thanks to you fighting so hard on my behalf.

—Gladys