News continues to roll in about the far-reaching consequences of the problematic implants used in thousands of hip replacements in recent years. The NBALaw Blog discussed another DePuy hip replacement lawsuit that was recently filed following complications that an elderly woman suffered after her hip replacement.
Of course many nursing home residents and other seniors received hip replacements recently in hopes of increasing their mobility. However, when the devices for the procedure are defective than not only does mobility eventually deteriorate, but the victim suffers damaging medical complications. Because of the possibility of long-term problems with these defective implants, it is important to for all seniors who may have received one of these implants during hip replacement to contact a DePuy recall lawyer as soon as possible.
As previously mentioned on this blog, the worldwide recall affects the company’s ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System. Both ASR Systems pose the risk of loosening or dislocating following implantation leading to pain, bone fracture, and swelling. In addition, the metal-on-metal movement of the ball and socket system can send metal debris into the patient’s body resulting in a bevy of other problems.
Both of these products were discovered to fail at very high rates, with one out of every eight patients who received one of these devices forced to undergo risky revision surgery within five years. The repeated surgeries is especially dangerous for vulnerable seniors whose bodies are often less able to recover quickly and seamlessly.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti are committed to helping seniors in all circumstances who have suffered because of the negligence, abuse, mismanagement, and poor design of others. With over 90,000 people suffering from potential defective devices we encourage all those who have received these hip replacements or know of others who have received a DePuy replacement, to contact an attorney to understand the legal issues involved and to ensure that proper steps are taken to limit the future harm.