Medical devices can save and improve lives, but not all of them are tested properly before they hit the market. Some have caused injury even death, as a result. One of the most common medical devices that have led to serious injuries is hip replacement devices. Patients were sold a bill of goods from the orthopedic device manufacturers and the orthopedic doctors who peddled their costly implants.
Hip injury claims are nothing new. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against hip replacement manufacturers for failing to fulfill their promises of reduced pain and greater mobility after patients developed pain, swelling inflammation, infection and damage to surrounding bone and tissue. Lawsuits claim that complications were the result of faulty designs. Unfortunately, we may have only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to painful revisions for failing metal on metal hip implants.
The latest claim was filed by a New Orleans woman who alleges that she had to undergo revision surgery because of a dangerous medical implant.