Hip surgery is a somewhat common surgery for many older individuals. Weakened or brittle bones may fracture in a fall or could simply deteriorate. Often, doctors recommend hip implant surgery to correct the problem and relieve pain. Depuy Orthopaedics, Inc. is one of the manufacturers of hip implant hardware. Since 2010, we have reported on recalls and numerous lawsuits due to defective Depuy hip implants. Another lawsuit was recently filed in Cook County, alleging that a defective hip implant caused significant pain and injury, and necessitated additional surgery.
Hip Implant Surgery
Each year, thousands of people undergo hip replacement surgery in the United States. The surgery is done to relieve pain and restore mobility because of damaged or worn hips. The surgery sometimes requires a lengthy recovery process, particularly for some elderly patients. In this case, the patient claims that he suffered severe pain and medical problems after having a Depuy hip implant utilized. The man required another surgery to remove and replace the defective hip implant.
Defective implants have been used in patients for years, before they were recalled. Not all implants resulted in the need for corrective surgery, but many did. Defective implants are responsible for significant pain and health complications. Depuy implants were found to be made with substandard components, which broke down during use. Unfortunately, when a hip replacement fails, the patient must have additional surgery.
When another surgical procedure is required, elderly patients may have additional complications and difficulties. Surgery is not only expensive, but it also requires a great deal of therapeutic and rehabilitation time and effort. The bottom line is that for many older patients, another surgery could be not only difficult, but risky. In this case, the man required more surgery and is seeking damages that include medical costs, money for pain and suffering, and other damages.
Medical Problems Continue
Medical problems continue to plague those who were fitted with Depuy hip implants. Some of the patients may not have experienced any problem with the implant yet, but may in the future. In cases that have gone to court, the patients have generally won a substantial sum of money. The man in this case is requesting a jury trial and damages in excess of $50,000.
The law limits the time you have to file a lawsuit. The claim must usually be filed within a two-year period after the initial injury. In this case, the man suffered pain and other medical problems that required the removal of the implant in 2014. If you had hip implant surgery, it is important to try to find out the type of implant that was used. If you are experiencing pain or other symptoms, seek medical attention a soon as possible. If your implant was defective, you could be owed money for your damages, including money for surgeries and other medical treatments. Contact the skilled legal team at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case.
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