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Signs Your Hip Replacement Could Be Defective

Getting a hip replacement should change your life for the better. Most artificial hips are designed to last—and operate as required—for two decades or more, which in most circumstances is more than enough time for the average elderly American.

Unfortunately, manufacturers of artificial hips do not always have the chance to test their designs fully. Because of the length of time they usually last, defects in the design, construction, or installation of the replacement hip may not be apparent for years after the surgery is first performed.

The biggest example of this is with a number of metal-on-metal artificial hip designs, which first came onto the market in the last 10-20 years. Although this type of hip was meant to have far less friction than earlier designs, patients discovered only years later that microscopic metal particles were coming off the hip joint, slowly leading to severe inflammation, corrosion, and even blood poisoning.

If you suspect that your hip replacement isn’t working as it should, is the cause of your health problems, or is doing further damage, it’s important you find help fast. Not only is your quality of life at risk, but, unless you get legal representation and pursue the negligent parties, you could also be severely out of pocket.

Noticed any of the signs in the following infographic? Don’t delay. Call our experienced team at (713) 893-0971 and get the compensation you deserve.

Taiwan Affairs Office, White, Light, SIGNS YOUR HIP REPLACEMENT COULD BE DEFECTIVE More than 300,000 hip replacements are performed in America each year . Sources In the past two decades , many patients received metal - on - metal artificial hips . This means both the ball and the socket of the hip - which move over each other – were made of metal in order to reduce friction . WHAT CAN GO WRONG ? However , due to the way they were designed , several models of artificial hips suffered problems where tiny metal particles rubbed off as the hip was used . Corrosion As the metal rubs off , it exposes unprotected layers underneath which rust more easily . Adverse Local Tissue Reaction ( ALTR ) Metal fragments cause inflammation and infection around the joint . Ⓒ Ꭰ This lead to problems such as : WHAT DOES A DEFECT FEEL LIKE ? Symptoms include : Ⓒ, I D } 60 1 I to Osteolysis Where the metal makes your immune system attack your own bone tissue . ● ● Heavy Metal Poisoning ● The majority of hip replacements normally last longer than 25 years . ● Mechanical Defects ● Loose movement in socket Clicking or grinding sounds when joint is used ● https://www.recallreport.org/recalls-and-alerts/hip-replacement/ https://www.enjuris.com/hip-surgery/hip-replacement-recalls.html Adverse Local Tissue Reaction ● Ⓡ Rapid Wear The ball and socket lose shape more quickly than normal as the metal layers are shed . Osteolysis ● https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/treatment/total-hip-replacement/ https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/heavy-metal-poisoning/ Heavy Metal Poisoning Metal ions such as chromium and cobalt from the joint enter the bloodstream . WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOU'RE AFFECTED Unexplained diarrhea or vomiting Kidney damage ● Pain and tenderness at hip joint Skin is swollen and warm to touch Hip detaching from bone Bone fragility or frequent fractures Cardiomyopathy • Shortness of breath Swelling of the legs ACT FAST Many states have a statute of limitations on defective product lawsuits , which begin from the time that you discover that something's wrong . CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR They'll be able to double check your symptoms and tell you exactly which model of artificial hip you have . CHECK FOR RECALLS The FDA maintains a list of defective models that have been recalled or withdrawn voluntarily by the manufacturer . KEEP A LOG OF EXPENSES Include any medical bills relating to your hip replacement or issues . DON'T SIGN ANYTHING Manufacturers and medical practices will often try to prevent you from taking further legal action . Don't sign any documents until you've checked it with a lawyer . HIRE AN ATTORNEY There are several legal recourses if you've been affected , including product liability lawsuits and medical malpractice suits . A good attorney will be able to help . Not sure if you can claim ? Defective hip replacements have affected thousands of Americans just like you , and with a good personal injury lawyer , you've got more power than you might think . With over 100 years of combined experience , we can help . https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/metal-metal-hip-implants/concerns-about-metal-metal-hip-implants Contact our team at SMSLegal.com to discuss your options and get the compensation you deserve . https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)31665-9/fulltext SCHECHTER SM MCELWEE SHAFFER & HARRIS , LLP SH

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