Smith & Nephew Hip Replacement
Smith & Nephew Hip Implant Lawsuits
Did your hip replacement surgery lead to implant failure, metal poisoning, or infection? You could be the victim of a defective hip replacement system. Medical manufacturer Smith & Nephew recalled over 6,000 units of their metal-on-metal hip replacement systems due to a high risk of injury and failure. Patients across the country have filed complaints about their hip implants causing serious complications like metallosis, tissue damage, and bone loss. Other models of their metal-on-metal hip implants have hundreds of complaints against them for similar injuries.
If you received a Smith & Nephew metal-on-metal hip implant system and experienced severe side effects, you may be the victim of negligence and entitled to compensation for your injuries. At least five models of Smith & Nephew hip replacement systems have been the subject of injury lawsuits since 2012. Additionally, the company has already settled hundreds of hip replacement lawsuits along with over $40 million in settlements to settle claims of wrongdoing brought forward by the U.S. Justice Department.
At the McGartland Law Firm, we investigate individuals’ claims surrounding defective Smith & Nephew metal-on-metal hip implants. We know the trauma a defective medical device can have on a person’s life. We fight to ensure those who caused your injuries are held accountable for their actions. By filing a product liability claim against Smith & Nephew, we can help you recover compensation to pay for financial burdens you never needed to bear. These costs may include medical bills, lost wages, and pain & suffering. To speak to an attorney and receive your free, no-obligation case evaluation, reach out to us today at (866) 832-9300.
Metal-on-Metal Hip Device Injuries
Every year thousands of individuals undergo hip replacement surgery to remedy ailments caused by bone disease and the natural wear-and-tear of time. This surgery is incredibly invasive, typically requiring the implanting of manufactured hip replacement systems into patients. While this surgery can generally help patients recover from there hip injuries, hundreds of claims indicate certain brands of hip replacement systems can fracture, break, and cause more harm than good for patients.
One of the worst brands that has thousands of lawsuits against them for defective medical devices, specifically hip implants, is Smith & Nephew PLC. Smith & Nephew, a medical device manufacturer based in the United Kingdom, distributes products across the world, from knee replacement devices to digital surgery technology. Notably, they produce various metal-on-metal hip replacement devices and products to help in hip replacement surgeries.
However, according to complaints from across the country, Smith & Nephew’s metal-on-metal hip implants caused severe complications. Metal-on-metal means manufacturers designed each component of hip implants (the ball, stem, and socket) out of metal, believing this made the implants more durable than other materials. But, metal-on-metal hip implants can grind against each other and flake, shedding metal particles into the blood system. This can lead to metallosis, a type of metal poisoning that causes side effects like anxiety, headaches, tinnitus, and vertigo. The constant grinding of metal on metal has also led to extremely high rates of implant failure, prompting Smith & Nephew to issue a number of hip implant recalls.
While no longer available in the U.S., thousands of patients may have received metal-on-metal hip devices over the last few decades, putting them at risk of hip implant injury. Hundreds have already come forward and filed claims against Smith & Nephew for distributing dangerously defective hip implants on the market, instigating massive litigation against the company in 2017.
Side Effects of Metal-on-Metal Hip Devices
Injury lawsuits filed by hip replacement patients claim Smith & Nephew's metal-on-metal hip replacements caused injuries including:
Need for a Revision Surgery
Recalled Models Identified in Lawsuits
Since 2012 at least five Smith & Nephew hip implant models have faced lawsuits or recalls over complications such as fractures, loosening, or the need for revision surgery. Currently, the BHR system is the only one out of the five involved in massive litigation, with over 600 product liability lawsuits filed in the multidistrict litigation (MDL).
Dangerous Smith & Nephew Hip Replacement Models:
This system (also used in conjunction with the R3 Acetabular System) has reportedly caused injuries including metallosis, dislocation, fractures, and issues requiring revision surgery to fix.
This modular hip implant, introduced in 2009 to the U.S. and recalled in 2012, used a metal liner that allegedly caused particle shedding and a high friction rate. This resulted in loosening, pain, implant failure, and required patients to undergo revision surgeries to fix the failed implant.
Smith & Nephew cited that this device, recalled in November 2016, had a higher risk of metallosis and revision surgery.
This early hip implant caused issues including device failure, metallosis, fracturing, and requiring the need for revision surgery.
Do You Think You Have a Defective Smith & Nephew Hip Implant?
If you are not sure if your hip implant is part of an active recall, call your surgeon first. They will review your medical records to confirm which device was used in your surgery. Once you know which device was used, you can search online to see if there is an active recall for your device or look through our list of recalled Smith & Nephew hip implants. If you are experiencing any unusual symptoms, check in with your surgeon immediately --- your implant could be causing your adverse symptoms.
If you believe your Smith & Nephew device is failing or has failed, you may be the victim of a defective hip replacement system. During this time, you don't have to face your suffering alone. At the McGartland Law Firm, our mission is your healing, and that starts with holding Smith & Nephew accountable for selling their dangerous products on the market. Currently over 600 lawsuits filed against Smith & Nephew for the BHR system alone, not counting injury claims for their other dangerously defective hip implants.
By filing a claim against Smith & Nephew, you may not only be able to recover compensation for your failed implant but could protect future hip implant patients from facing the same fate. To speak to a legal representative about your case and receive a free evaluation, reach out to the McGartland Law Firm today at (866) 832-9300.