Biomet, an Indiana based manufacturer of medical devices that specialized in implants for replacing knee, shoulder, hip and other joints is currently facing a rising number of lawsuits alleging that the metal-on-metal design of their implant products can cause different complications and injuries to patients. Victims are claiming that Biomet failed to prioritize the safety of their consumers by inadequately testing the effect of their Biomet M2a-Magnum metal-on-metal hip replacement product’s design before promoting and releasing its use to the general public. Although there were reports that artificial hip implants may fail or loosen years after surgery, patients throughout the United States were implanted with Biomet’s hip replacement system.
Typical hip implants are made of both metal and plastic components. The key problem is with the design of Biomet hip implants, consisting of a three all-metal mechanism. When the femoral head, acetabulum cup and taper insert grind against each other tiny shavings of metal are released in the joints of the hips which could result in injuries associated with metal hip poisoning such as pseudotumors, metallosis and tissue death. Most common after-surgery problems from patients all throughout the United States include dislocation, bone loss, chronic pain, squeaking or popping noises, effusions, loosening and even failure of the implant thus, resulting to a revision surgery in order to correct or replace the device. Studies show that Biomet’s hip implants are no better and even worse when compared with the traditional polyethylene on metal hip replacements.
Symptoms of Biomet hip implant complications may include:
- Swelling and soft tissue damage
- Unexplained tumors
- Unexplained hip pain
- Difficulty standing or walking
- Loosening of the hip implant
Victims claim that the device manufacturer promoted their implants to be effective and safe even though they are aware about the risks and side effects of their product. Following these allegations, Biomet proposed settlements to the growing number of lawsuits they are facing even though they still claim that their implants are not defective. Biomet has agreed to pay $56 million to settle hundreds of metal hip implants. If you or anyone you know has suffered injuries or complications related to a Biomet hip replacement implant, you may be qualified for financial compensation. Please Contact Us and provide any details along with contact information. If you prefer to leave a voicemail you can call 1.858.236.9020. GetClassActionMoney.com can then forward these requests to our network of attorneys that may contact you if a Class Action Lawsuit is to be pursued.