As the body ages, joints in the hips can gradually deteriorate, affecting their range of motion, causing debilitating pain and reducing overall quality of life. Depending on the severity of the joint damage, patients may need hip implants – medical devices used to replace hip joints. The replacement implant is intended to restore joint mobility and provide pain relief in the arthritic joint.
In the United States, a renowned manufacturer has recalled some of its hip replacement devices after thousands of patients exhibited painful side effects, including allergic reactions, tumor or soft tissue mass formations, and cobalt or chromium poisoning. To correct the emerging problems, affected patients needed to undergo a second expensive and painful surgery for the removal of the implant.
Evidence present in personal injury cases filed across various states in the U.S. indicated that up to 40 percent of these hip replacement devices are expected to fail within 5 years following the implantation. Thus, if you’ve received a hip implant, you may need to see your doctor about the possibility of side effects.
If your doctor recommends a revision surgery in your situation, you may be entitled to legal compensation for your current and future health issues.
In Texas, patients affected by product defects may have a legal claim against the manufacturer and seller for the recovery of damages. Company representatives of the manufacturer may initiate settlement discussions with you and offer an amount that may not fully compensate all your costs: past, current, and future. Nor may they provide compensation for your pain and suffering.
It’s important to seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury lawyer before talking to anyone associated with the hip implant manufacturer or distributor.
Charles J. Argento & Associates of Houston, TX have over 26 years of personal injury experience, and can help you obtain the full settlement that you deserve, and to which you are entitled. We handle a wide range of personal injury cases that include auto accidents, medical malpractice, and toxic torts. To discuss the circumstances of your own case, we invite you to call us today at (713) 225-5050 to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation.