Smith & Nephew Artificial Hips
On June 5, 2012, Smith & Nephew issued a voluntary recall of its metal socket liner, which is used with its R3 Acetabular System hip device. There are an estimated 7,700 metal socket liners that have been implanted in patients since it was released to the marketplace in 2009.
The hip replacement lawyers at Doyle Law are now reviewing potential product liability lawsuits for individuals who are experiencing or have experienced problems after receiving a Smith and Nephew artificial hip. The problems you've experienced may be caused by design defects with the artificial implant. The Smith and Nephew is a metal-on-metal design which has been shown to cause significant problems in similar designs by other manufacturers. Doyle Law now represents clients nationwide who are dealing with defective artificial hip implants.
Compensation may be available to you through a Smith and Nephew hip lawsuit due to the manufacturer’s failure to adequately test the impact of the metal-on-metal hip replacement system or warn you about the risk that the implant may loosen or fail within a few years of surgery. Obviously, a second "revision" surgery is generally not needed or anticipated within years of your original surgery and any complications should raise a red flag for you.
The Problem With Smith and Nephew Artificial Hips
Clinical studies on Smith & Nephew’s R3 Acetabular System hip device used with the metal socket liner for stemmed total hip replacements have concluded that the annual revision rate in patients is 1.6%. This is .6% higher than the acceptable annual revision rate set by Britain’s drug and device regulatory body.
According to Smith & Nephew, the metal socket liner has been associated with causing injuries such as infections, fractures, and dislocations. However, Smith & Nephew contends that there is no evidence of their metal socket liner and R3 Acetabular System hip device being associated with cobalt and chromium metallosis (metallic debris in the body) like other metal-on-metal hip devices.
Recent reports from the U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons have highlighted the potential dangers of all-metal artificial hip systems. In recent months, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has cited these new reports on metal-on-metal hip replacements, in its consideration of stricter regulations on these types of devices.
The design of a typical hip implant consists of components made of metal and plastic. The Smith and Nephew has three components, all made of metal - a metal femoral head, metal taper insert and metal acetabular cup. This poses a problem for many users, because as the metal parts rub against one another, microscopic shavings of metal are released into the hip joint and surrounding tissue. This often causes inflammation, loosening and other problems, including metal poisoning (Cobalt & Chromium).
Potential signs of Smith and Nephew hip problems:
- Unexplained Hip Pain
- Swelling and Tissue Damage
- Unexplained Tumors
- Difficulty Standing or Walking
- Loosening of the Hip Implant
- Additional Hip Revision Surgery
- Elevated levels of Cobalt and Chromium in blood & urine samples
Smith and Nephew Artificial Hip Lawyers
As the design of metal-on-metal hip implants has been evaluated by our experts in the artificial hip litigation, research has shown that metal-on-metal hip replacements, including those manufactured by Smith & Nephew, are no more effective than traditional artificial hip implants. However, metal-on-metal implants increase the risk of revision surgery due to large amounts of metallic debris generated by the implant over time. The effect of the debris - swelling in the tissue, loosening of the joint - hasten the need for a revision surgery.
Rather than halting the use of R3 Acetabular System artificial hip implants once evidence came to light regarding the defective design, it appears that Smith & Nephew placed profits over the safety of consumers. As a result, individual injury claims have accrued and R3 Acetabular System lawsuits have grown.
Contact Smith and Nephew Artificial Hip Replacement Attorneys
Doyle Law has a long and successful history of protecting the rights of consumers affected by the serious side effects of pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. Shareholder Jimmy Doyle has represented high-profile cases in federal and state courts across the country. Although we're unable to guarantee specific results in a case, the firm has a distinguished track record of success and is highly committed to the case of each its clients. The firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients to date.
If you or a loved one has encountered problems with your Smith and Nephew artificial hip implant device during your hip replacement recovery or if you have encountered pain or a loosening of your Smith and Nephew artificial hip device since surgery, a Smith and Nephew hip lawsuit may be a viable option for you. Call our Birmingham, Alabama offices today for a free consultation. The number to reach either office is (205) 533-9500. Do not wait another day and risk losing your claim.
All cases are reviewed by our Smith and Nephew hip attorneys under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket expenses to investigate your case and there are no attorney fees unless a recovery is obtained. To review a lawsuit for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
Alabama, Georgia and many other states have a two year statute of limitations on filing certain product liability and personal injury claims. It takes time to acquire medical records and draft pleadings, so please do not delay in contacting us if you have any concern that your Smith and Nephew hip replacement device may be causing your pain and suffering.