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Top 5 Medical Device Companies Being Sued for Bad Hip Implants

Class action artificial hip lawsuits are sweeping the nation. Many major manufacturers are facing defective medical device settlements.

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Deciding on a hip replacement can be a challenging and confusing process. Surgical outcomes can vary from person to person, as can recovery times and lasting effects.

Adding to the uncertainty is the fact that a growing number of artificial hip retailers have faced lawsuits over the production of defective implants in recent years.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective hip implant, contact the expert Tennessee product liability lawyers Gilreath & Associates for a free consultation.

DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement

DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a Johnson and Johnson subsidiary, was forced to recall its ASR XL Acetabular metal-on-metal hip replacement in August 2010 after J&J noted a higher-than-average failure rate post-implantation.

The first lawsuit involving DePuy was initiated in June of that year, but with tens of thousands of consumers receiving the implant before its recall, it's unlikely that litigation over the implant will cease any time soon.

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Stryker Trident PSL & Hemispherical Acetabular Ceramic Implants

Ceramic implants marketed by Stryker Corporation have been the subject of ongoing settlement negotiations around the country regarding numerous product faults. After receiving implants of Stryker's Trident PSL and Hemispherical Acetabular Cups, many consumers have reported squeaking and popping sounds emanating from the implant as they walked, an issue that has the potential to cause pain and discomfort, not to mention possible fracturing or shattering of the implants.

Stryker initiated a voluntary recall of the products in January 2008 after receiving warnings from the FDA and several complaints from consumers.

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Smith & Nephew Artificial Hip Implants

Smith & Nephew have been forced to recall a number of its artificial hip implants, including its R3 Acetabular System in June 2012, its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Femoral System in June 2015, and its Modular SMF Hip Stem and Modular REDAPT Revision Femoral System as recently as November 2016.

Problems with Smith and Nephew hip replacements are diverse and include higher-than-average failure rates, implant disintegration post-operation and metallosis, or the release of metal ions from the implant into the soft tissue of the body. Several dozen federal lawsuits involving Smith & Nephew are ongoing.

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Zimmer Biomet Durom Cup Implants

Durom Cup hip implants marketed by Zimmer Biomet between 2006 and 2008 have also been the subject of recent litigation. The product was recalled in 2008 after numerous reports of implant loosening and failure.

It was estimated at the time that some 20 to 30 percent of all implant recipients would experience problems related to the operation, with 5.7 percent of implants eventually failing. A number of lawsuits targeting Zimmer's Durom Cup were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation in 2010, though lawsuits involving a number of its other products are also ongoing.

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Wright Conserve Hip Implant

Wright Medical Technology, Inc. has faced litigation over the manufacture of its artificial hip implant, Conserve. Litigants have reported pain and discomfort as well as "crunching" sounds from the implant post-operation.

In a notable case in November 2016, the company settled over 1,200 revision claims involving Conserve and its other defective products for $240 million.

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In cases involving deficient hip implants like those mentioned above, the only way to achieve recourse is through legal action. In the immediate aftermath of an implant failure, timing is of the utmost importance. Tennessee's defective hip implant lawyers at Gilreath & Associates stand ready to discuss your legal options and help obtain the compensation you deserve.

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