Smith & Nephew Hip Replacement Lawsuits
Smith & Nephew is a leading manufacturer of hip replacement implant devices among patients with hip problems in the United States. In 2012, the company issued a voluntary recall of its R3 Acetabular hip implant devices, one of the more popular models in the market, due to a high rate of failure. Patient data shows that patients who received a Smith & Nephew R3 model were 60 percent more likely to require corrective procedures to repair or replace the device than is normal for the industry.
Patients who have received a Smith & Nephew hip replacement implant have reported a range of side effects, ranging from mild to more serious injuries and illnesses. Some of the more common side effects and complications that have been reported include pain and difficulty walking, bone fractures, serious infections, dislocation, and metallosis, or metal toxicity poisoning in the bloodstream.
Medical device manufacturers are required to ensure that their products are safe for the general public and fall in line with other similar products on the market. Furthermore, these companies have a responsibility to alert consumers about potentially serious risks associated with their products, particularly when those risks are not fully disclosed or communicated to patients ahead of time.
Smith & Nephew Hip Replacement Injuries
Hip replacement procedures in general are very common in the United States, particularly among the elderly population. The data shows that the number of hip replacement procedures doubled between 2000 and 2010, from roughly 138,000 to more than 310,000. This means that potentially hundreds of thousands of people may be at risk of suffering from the above mentioned side effects that may be associated with Smith & Nephew hip replacement implants.
Smith & Nephew is likely taking the necessary steps to warn consumers of these side effects and risks in hopes of preventing more serious injuries and illnesses. This is because the company is well aware that it faces potential liability as time goes on and more people become at risk of injury or death.
Who Can File a Smith & Nephew Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one has undergone a hip replacement procedure and received a Smith & Nephew hip implant, it may be in your best interests to consult with a personal injury attorney who has experience handling class action claims against medical device manufacturers. Our attorneys have represented victims of negligence and their loved ones since 1994 and have recovered significant settlements for a number of hip replacement case types.
Our attorneys also work on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no up-front costs associated with hiring a lawyer. We’ll even review your potential case for free, without any obligation to hire us. Fill out the form on this page for your complimentary case review and we will begin reviewing your case immediately.