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Defective Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants – Have you or a loved one experienced complications after hip replacement?

Total hip replacement or hip resurfacing surgeries are meant to change your life for the better and decrease or eliminate pain. They are major surgeries with significant recovery times, but in the end the patient should experience an improved quality of life. Unfortunately, the advent of metal-on-metal hip implants has caused this to not be the case for a great number of individuals. Metal-on-metal hip implants have been marketed in recent years as the longest lasting and most advanced technology for hip replacement candidates. They are often selected for younger or exceptionally active hip implant recipients because of their expected durability.

Perhaps you were implanted with a metal-on-metal hip implant and never quite felt “right” again after your surgery. Maybe you never fully healed or got back to the level of physical activity you were capable of before your hip replacement. It could be that you were implanted with a defective device.

Physicians are finding that metal-on-metal hip implants fail at higher-than-normal rates.

Injuries Associated With Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements

Numerous lawsuits have alleged that metal-on-metal hip implants may be associated with any number of the following injuries:

  • Metallosis — when metallic debris builds up in soft tissue around a surgery site
  • Toxic, elevated levels of chromium and cobalt in the blood
  • Allergic reactions to metal, including unexplained rashes
  • Pseudotumors
  • Kidney and liver injuries
  • Dislocations
  • Fracture (both of the implant and the bone)
  • Bone and tissue death
  • The need for revision surgery
  • Amputation of muscle and tissue due to metal toxicities

Dangers of heavy metal poisoning

It has been alleged in lawsuits that metal-on-metal hip implants are linked to heavy metal poisoning. Because of the metal-on-metal articulation, microscopic shards of metal are released from the device into the surrounding tissue and the bloodstream.

Heavy metal poisoning can cause:

  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Neuropathy
  • Kidney failure
  • Thyroid difficulties
  • Gastrointestinal difficulties
  • Hemorrhages
  • Visual problems including optic nerve damage
  • Deafness

If you have been implanted with a hip manufactured by any of these companies, you may be entitled to compensation:

  • DePuy
  • Zimmer
  • Stryker
  • Wright Medical Technology

Contact our Colorado defective hip implant attorneys today

The lawyers at Bachus & Schanker are recognized as some of the region’s leading advocates for the injured. We are conveniently located at 5 Colorado locations near you in DenverFort CollinsColorado Springs, Aurora, and Englewood. Our attorneys are ready to serve you and fight for the compensation you deserve. If you or a member of your family has experienced negative side effects from a metal-on-metal hip replacement implant, please contact us right away at 303-222-2222.

All of our Colorado metal-on-metal hip replacement attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means you will pay no upfront, out-of-pocket fees.

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Don’t let the insurance companies intimidate you into accepting less than you deserve. We’re ready to fight for you.

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