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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

We consistently hold the makers of unsafe medical devices accountable.

It is estimated that 500,000 people have received all-metal hip replacements. One problem related to metal hip implants is that the devices are more prone to fail than implants made of an alternate material after only a few years. This failure results in the patient having to endure revision surgery on the hip. In addition, over time, metal-on-metal hip implants release tiny metal ion particles that cause the bone, tendons, ligaments and muscles around the hip to become inflamed, resulting in the loss of tissue and bone inside the hip joint. The metal particles find their way into the blood stream as well, and may result in heavy metal blood poisoning.

Four of the most problematic metal-on-metal hip implants are the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABGII, the Biomet system, Zimmer Durom Cup,  and the DePuy ASR hip replacements.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of Americans are now suffering after receiving unsafe hip implants made by Stryker Orthopaedics. But it wasn’t supposed to be this way. When Stryker introduced its new Rejuvenate and ABGII hip implant systems to the market in late 2009 and early 2010, the company touted the devices as revolutionary and free from the problems that had caused many of its competitors’ hip replacements to be recalled. Read More

Since 2006, as many as 13,000 Americans have received the Zimmer Durom Cup hip implant. The medical device is primarily used in this country for Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA). In a THA procedure, the surgeon removes the damaged hip joint and replaces it with a hip prosthesis consisting of a ball component and a socket that has an insert or liner. In the case of the Zimmer Durom Cup implant, all components of the device are metal. Read more

On August 26, 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. announced the recall of its DePuy ASR Hip Replacement device. The recall came just five years after the unsafe medical device was first used in the United States. Read more

How Waters Kraus & Paul can protect your interests
For three decades, the lawyers at Waters Kraus & Paul have been representing people who need to file a hip replacement lawsuit. If you (or a loved one) have been suffering due to metal on metal implants, contact us or call 800.226.9880 to speak with an experienced hip replacement lawyer today.

Unsafe Medical Devices:

Medical Device Reports: Urogynecolgical Surgical Meshes 2008-2010

  • 2,874 MDRs include malfunctions, injury, death
  • 1,503 MDRs are pelvic organ prolapse (POP) repairs
  • 1,371 MDRs are stress urinary incontinence (SUI) repairs
  • 10% of women experienced mesh erosion w/in 12 months of surgery

Source:Urogynecologic Surgical Mesh, FDA, July 2011

Medicare Patients Nationwide 2000-2007 25% increase in hip replacements

  • 60% increase in knee replacements
  • 85% combined increase in knee and hip replacements
  • 65% largest hip replacement increase: Hawaii
  • 90% largest knee replacement increase: Delaware
  • Minnesota has the greatest number of hip implants

Source: AAOS April 2012; Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, 2000-2007

$9.20M Verdict in First Hip Implant Case Against Zimmer, Inc.

July 27, 2015 A Los Angeles jury has awarded $9.20 million to a 59-year-old California man injured by a defective metal-on-metal hip implant manufactured by Zimmer, Inc. Zimmer’s Durom Cup forced Gary Kline to undergo two grueling hip replacement surgeries in just 15…

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Attorney’s Eighth Appearance on Virginia Super Lawyers List

May 8, 2018 Waters Kraus & Paul’s Jonathan George named to 2018 Virginia Super Lawyers list. Waters Kraus & Paul partner Jonathan George has again been named to the 2018 Virginia “Super Lawyers” list published in both the Virginia & West Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine by publisher Thompson Reuters and Richmond magazine. Mr. George was selected for exhibiting excellence in the practice of personal injury litigation on behalf of plaintiff clients. His particular area of interest is representing people who have been sickened by exposure to asbestos and benzene.  This is Mr. George’s eighth time earning the prestigious honor. About Virginia Super Lawyers…
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What are my chances?

That’s the first question everyone asks. The truth is it’s impossible to know. But we can tell you this. Waters Kraus & Paul has what it takes to fight against big corporate interests and win. That’s why we’ve taken more mesothelioma trials to verdict than any other firm. And that’s why we’ve recovered more than $1.3 billion for clients like you. Do you think you have a case? Contact us now to speak with an attorney.

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