The side effects of Smith & Nephew’s hip and knee replacement systems are infections, fractures, and dislocations requiring corrective surgery. Our law firm is working with some of the leading Smith & Nephew’s Hip and Knee replacement attorneys in the United States. A claim and/or Smith & Nephew lawsuit can be filed on your behalf and there is no fee until you receive an award or a Smith & Nephew settlement. Contact us for a free consultation online or toll free at 1-800-992-6878.
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Smith & Nephew is one of many hip and knee replacement system manufacturers that are now the subject of serious litigation across the country. The primary allegation of many plaintiffs in these lawsuits is that metal-on-metal devices were defectively designed and the manufacturers did not take reasonable steps to test the safety of the devices. Metal-on-metal implants have been proven to be defective because the metal components of the device grind against each other creating metal debris and corroding the device. The metal debris damages the tissue and bone surrounding the implant while the corrosion of the device causes its failure and forces patients to undergo revision surgery. Additionally, manufacturers did not sufficiently test these metal-on-metal devices before distributing them on the market. Manufacturers like Smith & Nephew unreasonably assumed that these devices were “substantially equivalent” to ceramic and plastic devices that had already been tested and distributed on the market. However, these metal-on-metal devices created newer and greater that could have been discovered through reasonable testing.
Recent Smith & Nephew Claims
In recent years, Smith & Nephew has manufactured a number of defective hip and knee replacement systems that have required recalls and led to lawsuits against the company. In 2003, the company recalled two of its knee replacement systems after 26 percent of patients implanted with the device needed revision surgery. Additionally, in 2010, the company recalled 40,000 baseplates. These defective baseplates led patients to file lawsuits because in some cases the device failed only six months after implantation. The company’s most recent recall was in June 2012 after the metal liner of its R3 Acetabular System was determined to have a higher than normal failure rate. This hip replacement system used the dangerous metal-on-metal method. It is likely that this device will lead to many lawsuits against Smith & Nephew in the coming years because between 3,000 and 4,000 Americans have been implanted with the device. Recently, a California man filed a lawsuit against Smith & Nephew after the R3 Acetabular System he was implanted with failed. He was implanted with the device on September 8, 2010 and underwent revision surgery on November 20, 2010 because he began experiencing pain and “hearing a grinding noise” from the implant. His surgeon diagnosed the problem as device failure. The plaintiff now alleges that the R3 Acetabular System causes metallosis, blood toxicity, and premature device failure. If you have experienced side effects such as pain, infection, osteolysis, metallosis, ossification, osteonecrosis, device loosening or failure, fracture or dislocation from a Smith & Nephew hip or knee implant you should contact a personal injury lawyer.
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Have You or a Loved One Experienced Infection, Fracture, or Dislocation From a Smith & Nephew Hip or Knee Replacement System?
If you or a loved one has experienced pain, infection, fracture, or dislocation from a Smith & Nephew hip or knee replacement system, you may want to speak with a lawyer regarding a Smith & Nephew claim. A personal injury attorney familiar with new developments in the investigation of these metal-on-metal implants may be able to help you make important personal and legal decisions. d’Oliveira & Associates, P.C, is working with some of the leading defective medical device lawyers in the country who are handling these cases.
Please contact the law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates, P.C. at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.