January 23, 2013
Metal on metal hip implants are facing intense scrutiny, as thousands of complaints document an early failure rate for these particular types of hip implants. According to nationwide reports, the lifespan of these devices is but a fraction of that for a typical hip implant, and patients face premature revision surgery, excessive pain, immobilization, bone fractures, metal poisoning, and more. The leading metal on metal hip manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson (Depuy Orthopaedics), Zimmer Holdings, Wright Medical Technology, Stryker, and Biomet, are currently embroiled in fierce litigation concerning the alleged failures of these medical devices.
According to a recent article by Bloomberg News , there is a potential settlement underway with Johnson and Johnson, who is battling over 10,000 metal on metal hip implant lawsuits. Bloomberg's sources report that Johnson and Johnson is considering a settlement of approximately $200,000 a case, which would yield a combined settlement in excess of $2 billion. However, settlement discussions aren't expected to be finalized until after an initial round of trial lawsuits begin. It is anticipated that the initial lawsuits will provide attorneys on both sides guidance as to the value of these cases and potential liability.
If you are suffering from a defective metal on metal hip implant, we encourage you to visit our website for more information, and contact our law offices for a free legal consultation. All patients who have received a metal on metal hip are advised to schedule an annual check- up with their physician, regardless of whether one is currently experiencing symptoms or not. Due to the fact that there are legal time limitations which can bar the pursuit of personal injury claims, we welcome you to contact O'Mara and Padilla today. 858.481.5454
This post is published by The Law Offices of O'Mara and Padilla, specialists in Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, and Product Liability matters. Authored by Christine Padilla.
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