Colorado Biomet Hip Implants Attorney
Patients who were implanted with Biomet M2a-Magnum hip replacement system and suffered serious complications like severe pain, dislocation, metal poisoning, and premature loosening of the device may be eligible for to receive compensation in a Biomet hip replacement lawsuit.
Biomet’s M2a Magnum metal-on-metal hip replacement devices were intended to last longer, reduce metal corrosion, and yield a greater range of motion for those who have them implanted. However, as with other metal-on-metal hip replacement devices – this design has actually increased device failure rates and led to more metal being shed into the body. In addition, the cobalt, chromium and molybdenum materials used in it’s construction may lead to adverse reaction of the surrounding tissue, causing muscle, bone and tendon damage.
Symptoms of Defective Biomet Hip Implant Devices
Anyone who has received a Biomet M2a Magnum hip implant should be on the lookout for symptoms of device defects. Early warning signs include inflammation and swelling around the implant, pain in the hip (this could range from mild all the way to severe pain), and displacement of the device – a feeling that the device is loose or unstable.
Biomet Faces Lawsuits over Hip Implants
The M2a Magnum has not lived up to the safety claims made by Biomet and the device has left hundreds – if not thousands – of patients injured. Despite the dangers and potential complications, Biomet’s hip implant sales were north of $312 million in 2010 and accounted for nearly 12 percent of the U.S. hip implant market.
While Biomet flourished, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration received a deluge of reports from doctors and patients outlining the serious complications. Degradation of the device can cause severe pain, metallosis ( metal poisoning that results from metal particles being released from the device into the bloodstream) and lead to expensive and painful revision surgery. As a result, Biomet has been hit with a barrage of lawsuits. In 2014, they agreed to pay over $50 million to settle hundreds of hip implant lawsuits, while over 1,200 cases are still pending in federal court.
Biomet Hip Replacement Lawyers
Biomet’s Ms2 Magnum hip replacement system was approved under the FDA’s 510(k) “fast track” approval system. Since similar products already existed, Biomet did not have to thoroughly test the device before bringing it to market. Since it’s release, there have been over 450 FDA adverse event reports citing the aforementioned complications. In fact, the FDA recommends annual follow up visits for any hip replacement patients to help identify potential issues. The FDA also advises that certain patients – including all female recipients – be monitored especially closely as they are at an even higher risk of device wear and metallosis.
If you or a loved one suffered serious complications from your Biomet hip replacement device, you deserve compensation. Biomet knew the dangers and put it’s financial interests before their customer’s. At Killian, Davis, Richter & Mayle, P.C., our Biomet hip implant attorneys have the experience, the resources and the tenacity to fight for your rights and hold Biomet accountable for their actions. Call us today for a free and confidential case evaluation.