About Hip Implants
Pittman, Dutton & Hellums, P.C. is currently representing individuals across the country that have metal-on-metal hip implants and were injured as a result of being implanted with this device. Metal-on-metal implants are hip replacement components that have both a metal ball and a metal socket. These implants are prematurely failing at unusually high rates causing metal ions to be released from the implant into the blood stream which can cause pain, pseudo tumors, and often requires revision surgery.
Many patients are having unexplained intense hip, thigh and groin pain, component loosening, component misalignment, infections, bone fractures, dislocation, difficulty walking or standing, and loss of muscle mass. Additionally, patients with metal-on-metal hip implants are subjected to increased risk of metallosis (toxic cobalt levels), ALVAL (aseptic lymphocyte dominated vasculitis associated lesion), which is an adverse tissue reaction to metal particles and ions, and pseudotumors (a soft tissue mass that may be the result of a toxic reaction to an excess of particulate metal wear debris) from cobalt metal ions released from the implant into the blood stream.
Is This Common?
Artificial hip implant surgery is one of the most common artificial replacement procedures, with over 250,000 hip implant surgeries performed every year in the United States and about one-third of those receive metal-on-metal implants. New studies revealed that the number of some metal-on-metal implants are failing at extra ordinary rates and that 21% are expected to be revised within 4 years of implantation, potentially rising to 35%, and up to 49% within 6 years. These statistics are alarming since functioning hip implants are supposed to last up to 15 years before requiring revision surgery.
If you or someone you know suffered pain and/or had to undergo additional surgery as a result of having a metal-on-metal hip replacement, fill out the free confidential case evaluation for an immediate evaluation of your case or contact attorney Chris Hellums at 1-866-515-8880 so we may evaluate your claim. You may be entitled to substantial financial compensation. Don’t delay, there is limited time to file your claim.
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