Metal Hip Replacement - LFIT V40
Hip fractures are very common, with hundreds of thousands of Americans suffering a fractured hip each year. The most common hip fracture patient is an older adult woman, but men and younger women can also suffer a hip fracture. Factors such as having a small frame or osteoporosis can greatly increase the chance that a person will suffer a broken hip at some point in his or her lifetime. The good news is that people who suffer a hip fracture or deterioration in their hip joint have many treatment options that were not available in the past. This includes the possibility of a hip replacement surgery. Unfortunately, some hip replacement products used in recent years have caused serious complications for a number of patients. At the Neumann Law Group, our Grand Rapids and Traverse City hip replacement injury lawyers are aware that certain metal hip replacements, including the LFIT V40, are susceptible to causing serious injuries.
Hip replacement devices are usually made in the same ball and socket design as the patient’s natural hip joint. They may be made of several types of materials, including metal, ceramic, plastic, or polyethylene. The patient’s surgeon decides which option is best for each patient, based on the patient’s individual situation, body structure, and activity level. Anything surgically implanted into the human body has the potential to cause complications, and hip replacements are no exception. Hip implant devices can become dislocated and, like the patient’s original hip, can show wear after a while. Metal hip replacements like the LFIT V40 were meant to eliminate or reduce some of the potential complications of a hip replacement surgery with devices made of other materials.Seeking Compensation for Injuries Suffered Due to a Faulty LFIT V40
As our attorneys recognize, many metal hip replacement patients in Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and elsewhere in Michigan have complained about issues such as excessive pain, swelling, irritation of surrounding tissue, joint weakness and instability, and the need for additional surgeries. Therefore, some metal hip replacement devices have been recalled. These include the LFIT V40 metal hip replacement devices manufactured by Stryker Orthopedics, headquartered in Michigan. According to the company, the LFIT V40 has the potential to cause excessive metallic wear debris (which can lead to metallosis or poisoning), function incorrectly, and lead to problems with soft tissue tension. Hip replacement devices sold by Stryker include Accolade, Anato, Secur-Fit, and Meridian, among others.
It is important to note that a product recall does not equate to a successful product liability lawsuit. In a recall, a manufacturer may acknowledge that a product has been reported as faulty by some consumers and may offer to replace the product, but a recall does not result in any automatic payment to people injured by an allegedly defective medical device like a metal hip replacement. To receive fair compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused by the manufacturer’s poor manufacturing, design, breach of warranty, misrepresentation, or failure to warn, a victim and their personal injury lawyer must file a product liability claim against the manufacturer. Sellers and wholesale agents can also be held liable in some cases.Seek Advice From a Product Liability Lawyer in Traverse City or Grand Rapids
People who have been hurt by a defective medical device or who have experienced a loved one’s wrongful death caused by such a product have only a limited time in which to file a claim. Otherwise, the manufacturer is protected from liability under the statute of limitations or the statute of repose. To talk with an experienced attorney, call the Neumann Law Group at 800-525-6386 or contact us online and set up a free consultation. We are currently reviewing defective medical device cases for people in Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Flint, Lansing, Muskegon, Midland, Holland, Kalamazoo, Detroit, Wyoming, Saginaw, Warren, Petoskey, and the Upper Peninsula.