METAL ON METAL HIP REPLACEMENT LAWSUITS
The attorneys at Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. filed the FIRST metal-on-metal hip lawsuit in the United States, so we have a long history in this type of litigation. We represent clients against nearly every metal on metal hip manufacturers in the orthopedic industry. We have a deep understanding of how the orthopedic device community works, along with extensive medical and technical knowledge about defective metal on metal hip replacements. MCT Law is leading the litigation against metal hip makers across the country.
WHEN TO GET BLOOD TESTING
Leading orthopedic surgeons recommend patients with metal on metal hip implants get blood tests for metal ion levels every 3 months as long as they have the metal on metal hip, EVEN IF THEY HAVE NO SYMPTOMS
What’s Wrong with Metal-on-Metal Hips?
When a person with a metal on metal hip walks or moves their hip joint, the metal head (or the “ball”) and the metal cup of the implant rub together. This friction causes microscopic pieces of cobalt and chrome to flake off and enter the hip cavity and the bloodstream, causing heavy metal poisoning or metallosis. These tiny metal particles can destroy bone, nerves, and muscles around the hip.
The metal particles from the hip wear are so small that they travel throughout the entire body and can cause severe reactions in organs like the heart, brain and kidneys. Some metal hip patients experience unusual symptoms like skin rashes, heart failure, hearing loss, vision loss, mental impairment, kidney failure, or thyroid problems. These system-wide injuries from hip metal poisoning are often catastrophic to a patient’s health.
Our staff has talked with thousands of MoM hip patients and discovered that many of them say they had no symptoms, yet blood tests showed unusually high metal ions levels in their bloodstream.
Leading orthopedic surgeons recommend patients with metal on metal hip implants get blood tests for metal ion levels every 3 months as long as they have the metal on metal hip, EVEN IF THEY HAVE NO SYMPTOMS.
Questions About Filing a Lawsuit
How do I know if I have a Case?
Our Firm will review your information to determine if we can represent you. We might even be able to review some of your medical information over the phone. Often, we need the following documentation:
- Orthopedic surgeon’s office chart
- Operative reports for the original joint replacement surgery and the revision (If performed)
- Device record for the original surgery from the hospital chart (this shows the product and lot numbers of the components of the device)
We can help you track down many of these records. Once our attorneys complete your review, they’ll be able to tell you if we can represent you in your case. However, due to the unique complexity of each case, there’s no one formula to determine if you do or don’t have a viable case.
Can You Represent Me Even If I don’t Live Near Your Offices?
Yes! Our lawyers represent people across the entire United States. We are a nationwide litigation firm with regional offices in Washington DC, Seattle, WA and Sarasota, FL. When it comes to hiring an attorney, make your choice based on experience in this specific field. These are high profile medical product liability cases. Overall, the law firm you hire should have the resources to manage your case against huge multi-national corporations.
Is There a Deadline to File a Defective Hip Replacement Lawsuit?
Yes, definitely. There is a limited period of time to file a lawsuit for injuries suffered as the result of a defective product. Therefore, do not delay in getting more information because it could hurt your case.
Will You Refer My Case to Someone Else? Because I don’t Want That.
No. Absolutely not. MCT Law is not a referral mill. Our attorneys represent injured clients across the country in medical product cases. We work in partnership with the Kansas City, Missouri law firm of Nash & Franciskato on all metal on metal hip replacement cases. Our Firms do this to more effectively represent our clients across the nation with defective metal on metal hip replacements. Subsequently, our attorney are your direct contact in all aspects of your case.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire our Firm for a Metal on Metal Hip Replacement Case?
There is no cost to you unless we recover money from a verdict or a settlement. Our Firm charges a percentage of any settlement or judgement. In other words, if you do not receive any compensation at the end of the lawsuit, we get no fee and you owe us nothing. MCT Law does not make a practice of referring out our cases to other law firms. We represent YOU.
Why Hire the Attorneys at Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A.?
MCT Law has focused its practice on defective hip replacement cases for over a decade. Our Firm filed the first lawsuit involving a modern generation model metal on metal hip replacement in the United States in 2008. Find out what kind of experience any law firm you are considering has in litigating orthopedic joint replacement cases.
Why MCT Law does NOT Sue Orthopedic Surgeons?
We do not represent patients in lawsuits against orthopedic surgeons because, in defective hip replacement cases, the problem is with the device, not the doctor. Rather, your orthopedic surgeon can actually often help your case. We believe the companies that made the hip replacements misled surgeons about the safety of their products. That’s why we limit our representation strictly to prosecuting manufacturers, sellers, and distributors of defective joint replacements.
Complications From Metal on Metal Hip Replacements
Cobalt Chromium Toxicity
Cobalt and chromium metal debris from metal on metal hip replacements can end up in a patient’s blood stream. This may trigger a hypersensitive immune response in their body.
A pseudotumor is a large, solid, or semi-liquid mass of soft tissue growth inside the body, usually around the hip joint. They are associated with metal on metal hip replacements, and typically form as a negative reaction to the metal debris.
ALVAL is short for Aseptic Lymphocyte-Dominant Vasculitis-Associated Lesions. Essentially, ALVAL happens when metal particles from the implant interact with the body’s immune cells, causing the body’s defense system to act like it’s being attacked.
Heart Failure | Cobalt Cardiomyopathy
Particles of metal are released from the metal hip implant into the bloodstream, which then can travel around the body. This leads to the hip implant causing issues with many areas of the body other than just the hip. There is evidence that metal on metal hip replacements may cause heart problems and failure in patients.
A type of metal poisoning that involves a build-up of metal debris in the body’s soft tissue.
When metal ions from metal on metal hip replacements are released into the bloodstream, cobalt chromium levels rise. This may lead to metal poisoning, which is associated with vision loss.
When metal ions from metal on metal hip replacements are released into the bloodstream, cobalt chromium levels rise. This may lead to metal poisoning, which is associated with hearing loss.
Report Your Hip Problems to the FDA
Although your legal matter may seem confusing and only in the hands of lawyers, there is something you can do: Report your adverse metal on metal hip experience to the FDA by filling out a MedWatch form.
Hip manufacturers are required to report all hip failures to the FDA but often find loopholes to keep this data hidden. Consequently, If the FDA doesn’t have accurate reporting of patients suffering from serious complications, then neither does your surgeon. Your doctors rely on FDA data to diagnose problems and know when a specific type of hip implant is having issues.
Don’t let the hip implant makers or the FDA brush your information under the rug. Most people don’t know that you can self-report problems. However, you can empower yourself against these huge corporations who put profits above your health. It’s simple to fill out and an important way to make your voice heard. Here is a link to the form:
Types of Defective Metal on Metal Hips
Zimmer Biomet Magnum M2a
$56 million dollar settlement offered if you filed a claim in court by June 13, 2014. Even if you missed the settlement deadline, we are still accepting “out-of-deadline” cases.
Metal on Metal Hip Replacement Issues in the Media
Must See Video for “Implant Files” – Investigative Report Uncovering Terrifying Medical Device Safety Issues
Documentary Exposes Hidden Truths of Medical Device Industry
The Bleeding Edge is a documentary that is currently available to watch on Netflix. It covers many different faulty medical devices, including Metal on Metal hip replacements.
We believe this is a great example of what strong journalism can do. The Essure birth control implant device, which was the main device chronicled in the documentary, was pulled from the market days before the release of the movie. We believe this was a direct result of the documentary release.