British Study Finds Truth in Unsafe Hip Replacement Claims
While numerous patients across the U.S. have received allegedly defective hip replacements, many of whom are working with lawyers to seek compensation for their injuries, a study conducted at the University of Oxford in England has recently found that hip replacement devices available in Wales and England may not be as effective or safe as the healthcare community had previously thought.
You may be entitled to file for compensation if you or a loved one received an unsafe hip replacement and you subsequently suffered from adverse side effects or life-threatening complications. Contact the American Injury Attorney Group today to learn more about your legal rights.
New Study Shows Hip Implant Devices May Cause Complications
According to the data recently released by researchers at Oxford and published in the British Medical Journal on December 19, 2013, over 10,000 of 137,000 units used in hip replacement procedures in Wales and England in 2011 had no concrete evidence of being effective. Included in the study were 7,600 uncemented cups, 1,700 cemented cups, 900 uncemented stems and 150 cemented stems.
In one interview, a researcher acknowledged that the findings of the study are of great concern and that scientists believe that the data is only a small representation of a larger issue. The results allegedly showed that there is still a need for a more rigorous, improved approach to the regulation of hip implant devices to avoid using units in a widespread manner that have no evidence of being effective.
Additionally, two American providers claim that tighter controls are necessary in order to calculate the exact benefits and risks that come with hip implant devices. In fact, many patients who have suffered from complications due to an unsafe hip replacement, much like those manufactured by Stryker, have opted to bring claims against Stryker and seek compensation for damages including medical expenses that were allegedly incurred due to the recalled ABG II and Rejuvenate hip implants.
While Stryker has reportedly settled several of these claims out of court, hundreds more are currently pending in a multicounty litigation in New Jersey, in a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Minnesota and in courts across the U.S., according to the lawyers representing victims. Plaintiffs claim that an unsafe hip replacement manufactured by Stryker caused serious and life-threatening complications, including tissue, joint, nerve and bone damage, conditions which often resulted in the need for complex and sometimes painful revision procedures to remove the devices.
Patients have also allegedly reportedly been unable to stand, walk or move their legs and suffer from inflammation and pain due to the allegedly unsafe hip replacement device. Prior to Stryker’s voluntarily recall of the units, it is estimated that more than 20,000 patients in the U.S. alone were fitted with the devices. Although the implants were expected to last between 15 and 20 years, patients have reported early device failure, causing many to file claims to seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages. If you or a loved one have been injured, consider seeking legal counsel from lawyers who can help you to file a claim against Stryker and recover compensation for your condition.
Have You Been Fitted with an Unsafe Hip Replacement?
If you or a loved one received an unsafe hip replacement, consider seeking legal counsel from lawyers familiar with the Stryker proceedings currently in progress across the U.S. The American Injury Attorney Group is providing free, no-obligation consultations to those who feel they were adversely affected by an unsafe hip replacement. Our affiliated lawyers can help you to determine if you have a valid claim and work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.